This week’s Gourmet Live 50 Women Game-Changers focus is on Alexa Andrzejewski and Soraya Darabi, who along with Teb Grubb, created Foodspotting. With so many restaurant review apps available, this group decided to develop one where people could review specific dishes instead of entire restaurants. On the website they explain, “Because we know that even a ‘one star restaurant’ can have one amazing dish, we want to know what you love, not what you hate. We encourage spotters to share only the foods that they like and to 'nom' the foods that they love.”
To honor these two women, I decided to join in on the Foodspotting! I signed up and posted this photo of the Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich from the Mirth Café in Lawrence, Kansas. This is probably my favorite sandwich of all time served at one of my favorite places to dine. (I wrote about the café last summer in this post.)
Then I decided to recreate the sandwich at home, something I’ve wanted to do since the first time I tried it. The cheese combination of provolone, feta and cheddar provide the perfect balance of creaminess and flavor. The sandwich also has a layer of baby spinach and is spread with pesto, which blends well with the cheeses.
I’ll never look at a grilled cheese sandwich the same again. Any other will just seem, well, dull.
Ultimate Grilled Cheese SandwichAdapted from the dish served at The Mirth Café in Lawrence, Kansas.
2 pieces of breadButter
1-2 teaspoons pesto, to taste
1-2 slices of provolone
Grated sharp cheddar
Feta cheese, crumbled
Baby spinach leaves
Preheat a skillet over medium heat. Spread butter on one side of each bread slice. Spread the pesto on the other side of just one bread slice.
When the skillet is hot, place the butter-only bread slice into the skillet, butter side down. Layer cheeses and spinach on top. Finally place the remaining bread slice on top, pesto side down. Grill until bread is browned, and then turn over to brown the other side.
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