For many of you the weather has become quite cold and snowy, winter has definitely set in.  Those of us in Hawaii are lucky enough to have good weather although our temperatures have dropped to the high 50s to low 60s; and for us that’s pretty cold!

Well in our house cooler weather means it’s time to bring out the comfort food.  And what is more comforting than good old Grilled Cheese Sandwiches?

The gooey goodness of melted cheese oozing from two slices of perfectly grilled bread brings back memories of childhood winters.  That first crunchy bite can transport you back to the years when you stepped into Mom’s kitchen after a hard fought snowball fight with the neighbors to find hot soup and grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch.

Well in Hawaii we don’t have snowball fights or any other winter activities, but we can have cool damp days that call for grilled cheese sandwiches.  At our house we love to pair grilled cheese sandwiches with creamy tomato soup.  It’s a perfect combination!

Most folks make grilled cheese sandwiches by slapping a slice of cheese between two pieces of bread and frying it in butter; others use a grilled cheese maker, an electrical small appliance that looks like a waffle iron, it grills both sides of the sandwich once you close the lid.  Simple and basic right?

grilled cheese sandwichesBut really grilled cheese sandwiches have gone gourmet.  There are cafes dedicated to this once simple sandwich.  They’ve added everything from breakfast meats, eggs, and assorted veggies to create the perfect grilled cheese sandwich.

I haven’t gone that far, but I do make mean grilled cheese sandwiches, my grandkids love them, specially paired with my creamy tomato soup!

I don’t use fancy ingredients, nor do I own a grilled cheese maker.  I use my good old Circulon skillet to fry up my grilled cheese sandwiches.

Here are my secrets to my Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Creamy Tomato Soup!  Both super easy and super yummy!

Try it for lunch or dinner on a snowy day.  Your family will love them!

 

 

Creamy Tomato Soup

1 Can Campbell’s Tomato Soup

1 Can Half & Half

Combine both ingredients together in a medium sauce pan and heat.  You must stir the mixture as it heats to make sure the Half & Half is well blended into the soup.  Serve hot.

 

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Ingredients:

2 slices of Texas Toast per sandwich – you can use frozen or fresh.  If using frozen toast thaw it out first.  Texas toast is buttered on both sides.

Deli Cut Ham or Turkey slices

1-2 slices American Cheese per sandwich

Directions:

Place 2 slices of Texas Toast in a skillet and cook for about 30 seconds.

Flip 1 slice of toast over and place cheese and meat on top.

Place second slice of toast on top of filling, cooked side down.

Cook for about a minute or until the bread is brown.

Flip sandwich over and cook the other side until it is brown.

Serve right away.

 You can make your own Texas Toast with slices of french bread.  Mix softened butter with minced garlic and finely chopped parsley.  Spread butter mixture on both sides of the slices.

 

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
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  1. Place 2 slices of Texas Toast in a skillet and cook for about 30 seconds.
  2. Flip 1 slice of toast over and place cheese and meat on top.
  3. Place second slice of toast on top of filling, cooked side down.
  4. Cook for about a minute or until the bread is brown.
  5. Flip sandwich over and cook the other side until it is brown.
  6. Serve right away.
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