3 Cheese Grilled Cheese

3 Cheeses Oozing from a Crusty Artisan Jalapeno Loaf

is that oozing cheese or are you just happy to see me?
Eater rating: 4.5 / 5  4.475

April is National Grilled Cheese Month! What more reason do we need to celebrate this standard classic. We’re eating grilled cheese sandwiches made on jalapeno cheese bread stuffed full of jarlsberg, havarti, and sharp cheddar. The grilled cheese was accompanied by another classic: tomato soup! Our tomato soup was made by roasting fresh vine-ripened tomatoes, and pureeing them with sauteed onions, garlic, roasted red peppers, and fresh thyme. The soup was garnished with fresh basil pesto and truffle oil.

T: this was the best grilled cheese sandwich I’ve ever had. The bread was a big part of that. Can’t say enough about the jalapeno cheese bread from Bread & Cie. The cheese on the inside was also really good.
A: damn! that’s some serious love for the jalapeno cheese bread. you like this grilled cheese even more than the famous grilled cheese from chelsea’s?!? i thought it was quite good too, but i don’t know if i could really put it above the chelsea’s sandwich. there’s is on that really fresh, made in house, herb bread. mmm!
T: I’m pretty sure I prefer the Bread & Cie bread. I could live off of the stuff.
A: until you died of malnutrition! that stuff is certainly not packed full of all the vitamins and minerals you need to survive! ;-P
T: Well i could live longer off of it than I could off of Chelsea’s bread. So uhhh.
A: uh, yeah. so, uhhh. that’s what i thought! anywho… what did you think of the tomato soup… mmm with pesto and truffle oil… mmmm.
T: I thought it rocked the house. It wasn’t too acidic, and it tasted fresh and bright, and it had a good texture… not overly pureed. The truffle oil was not very pronounced, which was probably a good thing… just a hint. I dug it. I give the meal a 4.4/5. It could have scored higher, but it lost difficulty points. Grilled cheese is one of the 5 or so things that I can cook (including instant oatmeal), so it’s not as impressive to me.
A: um, like, could you have cooked the roasted tomato soup?!? that was, okay, that was easy too. you probably could have cooked that.
T: It would have been quite a challenge. I actually included difficulty points for the soup, though… without that the score would have been lower. :D So what do you rate it?
A: well i think anything that deserves a national month of celebration is nothing to scoff at! I give this grilled cheese a 4.55/5. It gets extra points for me for being a damn grilled cheese! so there! ;-) that and i really dug the soup and sandwich combo. it’s a standard classic that just can’t be done wrong… even by hideous cafeterias… although i can’t really eat campbell’s tomato soup.
T: That reminds me, I need to check with my boss about getting some time off for national grilled cheese month. Shit.
A: dude! i can’t believe you haven’t done that yet! we totally have that grilled cheese meditation retreat scheduled for the 25th – 30th.
T: I know, and I haven’t even picked out my costume for the big grilled cheese costume party on the 22nd. I’m thinking I’ll be your basic white bread/cheddar grilled cheese.
A: that’s perfect for you… you’re total white bread.
T: you’re the one that has to date me.

A Soup Recipe, by Amanda
Roasted Tomato Soup

10 vine-ripened tomatoes, cored
4 1/2 tbsp olive oil, separated into 3 tbsp and 1 1/2 tbsp
1 small onion, diced
1 1/2 tbsp minced garlic or garlic paste
2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tbsp fresh thyme, roughly choppped
1/2 cup roasted red pepper, roughly choppped
3/4 cup water or tomato juice
kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

fresh basil pesto, for garnish
truffle oil, for garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place the cored tomatoes on a sheet pan and drizzle with 3 tbsp of olive oil. Toss the tomatoes to completely coat with olive oil. Season the tomatoes liberally with kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Once the oven is hot, roast the tomatoes at 375 degrees for about an hour or until the peels are breaking open and the tomatoes are slightly caramelized and golden. Remove the roasted tomatoes from the oven and allow them to cool until they are at a handle-able temperature. Once you can handle the tomatoes, peel off the skins.

While the tomatoes are roasting, preheat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add 1 1/2 tbsp of olive oil to the pan. Once the pan and the oil are hot, add the onions. Saute the onions over medium heat, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes, or until they are translucent and soft. Add the garlic and thyme to the pan. Allow the garlic and thyme to cook for about 1 minute longer, then remove the pan from the heat until the tomatoes are roasted and peel.

Return the saucepan to the stove over medium heat. To the sauce pan add the roasted red peppers, water, sugar and roasted and peeled tomatoes, along with any juice that may have accumulated on the sheet pan while roasting. Using a hand blender, puree the soup to a well-blended yet slightly chunky consistency. If you don't have a hand blend you can just carefully transfer the contents of the saucepan into a blender or food processor and puree to a similar consistency using one of these devices. Once the soup has been pureed, taste it. Adjust the seasoning levels as necessary with kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper. If the soup is still a bit acidic try adding a touch more sugar. Garnish with fresh basil pesto and truffle oil for a decedent yet simple treat. Enjoy!

22 comments so far:

  1. scott says:

    Holy grilled cheese! A grilled cheese sandwich on jalapeño cheese bread with triple dose of cheese inside? I’m going to have to go to my local bakery and look for some jalapeño cheese bread of my own before the month is over!

    Thanks for sharing, great site!

  2. chase says:

    I Looooooooove cheese! I can’t wait for the recipe to come! God it looks sooo good. It actually gives me the shivers but in a good way.

  3. Kalyn says:

    April is national grilled cheese month! Who Knew? It looks fabulous.

  4. Bobby says:

    Oozing Crusty loaf, is that another name for Tyler?

  5. katie says:

    you should’ve dyed the cheese green and called it an oozing schmegg sandwich. : )

  6. Tyler says:

    That can be a menu item for Amanda’s (nonexistent) restaurant… Katie’s Grilled Schmegg, served on a yeasty, crusty loaf.

    Bobby. You’re not helping me out here. :P

  7. lovedeniseh says:

    AHH!!! I thought you made that so I was staring at the recipe. It took me a while to realise all the ingredients was tomato. :D I am going to try that!

  8. Recipe says:

    SAY CHEEEEEEEEESSSSE!!!!!!!

    Crikey! That looks absolutely scrumptious!

  9. Caroline says:

    that photo….. oh hell yes.

  10. bron says:

    Oh yeah, oozing cheese toasty and roasted tomato soup with pesto and truffle oil, you sure are a girl after my own heart!

  11. Amanda says:

    thanks scott! i hope you find some good jalapeno cheese bread. mmm this stuff is kind of sour doughy too. it’s sure to make a kill sandwich!

    hehehehe that’s fantastic chase! giving shivers is like the ultimate compliment! i totally agree… i heart cheese.

    thanks kalyn! i just happen to stumble across the info myself, but i’ll definitely remember next year with no reminder necessary that april is NGCM (national grilled cheese month… i think it needs an acronym)

    heheheh you are a constant source of new inspiration for my lovey dovey names for tyler, bobby! i’m so totally calling tyler oozing crusty loaf!

    yeah, denise! i only wrote the recipe for the tomato soup we served along side the sandwich! oops! :-) i figured most people know how they like to make a grilled cheese so i just didnt’ bother for the recipe!

    heheh caroline.. i love your response! :-D i happen to have the same guttural response to meeeeelting… oooozing, glorious cheese!

    i know bron! who on earth could dislike toasty cheesy pestoy truffley tomato soupy goodness!… uh… i mean other than vegans! which i am certainly not! ;-)

  12. aria says:

    both! AND i’m happy to see you, omg thart tost, arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrg!!

  13. michellephant says:

    OMG…I missed National Grilled Cheese Month! Sure I celebrated National Frozen Food Month in March…but I looooooooooove grilled cheese. So sad. That’s what I get for not reading your blog regularly!

  14. Mike Waugh says:

    Thanks for the shout-out on the Chelsea’s grilled cheese on focaccio!

  15. Amanda says:

    no problem mike! we used to frequent chelsea’s… oh… five nights a week or so ;-P for the EIGHT years it took me to get through undergrad! definitely the best bar in baton rouge hands down, although i haven’t been back to br since you guys moved to under the over pass. good luck with business! (and did you know you turned me down for a job a few years ago? i would have loved to learn the bread recipe from you guys… sooooo good.)

  16. Sam K says:

    I was wondering if I could get the recipe for this 3 Cheese Jalapeno loaf…it looks so delicious, and reminds me of this amazing cheese bread I used to get from the Farmer’s Market in Madison, WI. I’m drooling now.

    Please let me know how I can find the recipe.

    Thanks!
    Sam

  17. Samantha says:

    Hi..

    My name is Samantha and i am a student of Landau Forte college, England. I was wondering if it was possible that I could use your image for purely educational use in my food project in DiDA. The examiner and I will be the only people to view my work, and it will not be used for anything comercial ect..

    Please reply to my e-mail address as soon as possible

    Kind Regards
    Samantha

  18. Talita says:

    Just perfect! The melted cheese is mouth watering!

  19. Zahra Fajr says:

    I’m drooling. My Mama and brother just went to the store and got a bunch of yummies and I decided to do a google image search on certain foods. Sometimes you can find some really artistic, beautiful food pictures. So anyway, I searched for cheese and found this picture, followed it here, and now I’m DEFINITELY going to start following this blog. I’m still drooling. Haha, I swear that I hate food! xD …Okay, fine. Food is one of my passions. Anyway, amazing blogging as well as pictures! -Zahra

  20. Michelle Mabelle says:

    dude, every month should be grill cheese month. And you are do cute! I love you! Now you have your first internet stalker.

  21. Sheree says:

    How do I print the recipe for the 3-cheese jalapeno
    bread? I can’t seem to find it!

  22. Lori Conner says:

    How can I get the recipe for the 3 cheeses oozing from a crusty artisan jalapeno loaf? It looks soooo delicious but I can’t find the recipe!!

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