Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Mushroom and Bacon Mozzarella Grilled Cheese

I was walking into the kitchen on Monday afternoon, when I overheard the radio station I listen to praying. Not that this is an uncommon occurrence on this station, but for some reason it really caught my attention.

When I heard them praying for the victims in Boston, I turned to Facebook, where naturally people were posting left and right about the tragedy of the Boston Marathon.

I am so saddened to hear about such a thing happening, especially at such a usually happy event, and one of international, not just USA, gathering, and even more saddened to hear about the death of an eight year old boy, and of so many injuries.

I don't know what this means for America, but I do know that this is another life changing event in our history, much like 9/11. It is an event that will forever change the way we look at the Boston Marathon, and of any large gatherings I believe.

I usually *try* to post every Tuesday and Friday to keep some consistency, but I felt that it was important to pay respect to the victims and not draw attention away from this event (and quite frankly I had no more motivation to be in the kitchen). As much as we want to focus on the good in the world (and I think we should), I also believe we need to realize how big this event is, and how it will forever change our lives, sad as that may be.

I bought some blood oranges over the weekend, with all intention of making something with them and posting it this week. They now seem tainted, and it would be of great disrespect, I think, to make and post anything with the word "blood" in it. So instead, I made one of my new favorite lunches.

As a kid, I never really remember enjoying grilled cheese sandwiches. I am not sure what it was, but I would always ask to eat something else when my parents wanted to make them.

I am thinking now that I am just a cheese snob and I want to make sure I have really good ingredients in my grilled cheese sandwiches, as well as everything else.

For this one, I made sure everything was freshly made, and no cheating with my bacon like I did in my last grilled cheese.

I even stepped it up a notch. I fried my bacon in my pan, and then, listen to this guys, I grilled the sandwich RIGHT in the bacon fat. ohemmmgoodness

There is nothing but awesomeness in here.

Even though I am a cheese snob, at the moment, I wasn't enough of one to leave the house and go get any fancy cheese. So, instead, I went with the ooey gooey goodness of Mozzarella. You get plenty of flavors from the bacon, mushrooms, and bacon-fat-soaked-bread that you don't need no fancy cheese in heeeeah.

So today, along with everyday for the rest of my life, I want to eat grilled cheese sammies like this one, and I want to pray for tragedies like the one on Monday, and pray that they never happen again, but more than that, that God stays in control of this world.

Join me and #PrayForBoston

Mushroom and Bacon Mozzarella Grilled Cheese | Printable Recipe
serves 1

  • 2 slices whole wheat, or other bread
  • 4 slices bacon, uncooked
  • 1 button mushroom, dirt wiped off and sliced into 1/8" slices
  • 1 Tbsp salted butter, plus more if needed
  • 3-4 slices 1/4" thick of Mozzarella cheese, as desired
  1. Place a large skillet on the stove over medium-high heat.
  2. Butter up both sides of the two slices of bread while you are waiting for the skillet to warm up.
  3. When skillet is warm (PLEASE DON'T TEST WITH YOUR HAND) place your 4 slices of bacon in and cook on each side until golden and crispy on each side, roughly 5 minutes each side. Remove from skillet when cooked to your preference.
  4. Keep the bacon fat in the skillet, and remove from heat if needed, to slice cheese and mushrooms if not done already.
  5. Assemble sandwich with cheese, bacon and mushrooms, and place the sandwich in the bacon fat filled skillet, and place back on the heat over medium heat, and press down on the top of the sandwich with a spatula, and grill about 5 minutes on each side, until golden and cheese is starting to melt.
  6. Remove and enjoy when each side is grilled to preference and cheese is melted
NOTE: Cheese will melt faster if slices are thinner.

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  1. ooo i love the mushrooms & bacon in this! so ooey and gooey!! prayers and thoughts for Boston <3 xoxo

  2. Tragic events in Boston :(

    I've never thought of adding mushrooms in a grilled cheese sandwich. Looks delish!

  3. Oh my - this is one delicious looking creation!
    And yes - prayers for Boston are being said. What a tragic story.

  4. Yum, yum. I may have to make this for lunch today! Thanks for mentioning Boston - it's such a terrible story.

    Hope you have a nice weekend!
    xo Jackie

  5. Now this is a sandwich! Can't wait to indulge myself...thanks for sharing.



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