I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving! We sure did. Now, and only now, can we move on to the next holiday. For me, that is Christmas! I don’t know what my favorite part of Christmas is. Obviously seeing my kids light up on Christmas morning. But after that… it is watching Christmas movies and baking. Most likely baking with Christmas movies on in the background.
With all the baking and holiday cheer, the last thing I want to think about is dinner. I had a great time planning and preparing Thanksgiving dinner and I will have a great time planning and preparing Christmas dinner. It is all the dinners in between for which I have zero energy. Just this Thrusday alone is St. Nicks Day, the 3rd Grade music program and most importantly the premier of The Great American Baking Show!!!! (I still feel rotten for last years contestants and follow them on social media faithfully but at the same time I’m so glad its back!)
With all that going on who has time to think about dinner?!!?! Enter the Grilled Cheese Dipper my friends! Stress free and everyone is happy: kids and grown-ups alike. In the simplest terms, make a grilled cheese and cut it into strips. Insert said strips into a bowl of your favorite soup. Might I recommend tomato?
Of course, I have a kid that doesn’t like tomato soup. I think she is the only person on Earth that doesn’t like tomato soup. So, on this particular day we had chicken noodle. Still delicious but we all know grilled cheese is best with tomato soup.
I did punch up the grilled cheese a little. And let me tell you, these few small tweaks (which originated because I needed to use up some leftovers) really make a huge impact.
First, use Italian bread. Just good old sliced Italian bread. Butter the outside of two slices of bread and the inside of one of those. Sprinkle a little granulated garlic powder on that inside buttered slice. Then, sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese on the garlicky slice.
Put the top on and grill the sandwich on a skillet over a medium heat until the bread is nice and golden (I like to grill my cheese slow and low to get the perfect golden brown toast and make sure all the cheese is melty and delicious). Flip and grill on the other side.
Cut into strips and serve alongside soup. Comfort Food Heaven!
Thoroughly enjoy the 10 minutes it takes to eat and then get on with one of the 90,000 holiday tasks you have yet to complete.
p.s. The next time I served it with tomato soup.
Grilled Cheese Dippers
Makes 4 Sandwiches
8 slices Italian Bread
Butter, at room temperature
A few dashes Granulated Garlic Powder
1-1½ c shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Put a large skillet over medium heat.
Butter one side of each piece of bread.
Flip one buttered side of bread on top of another (making 4 sandwiches) and butter an inside slice of each sandwich.
Sprinkle garlic powder over each sandwich.
Divide cheese evenly among the four sandwiches.
Put the sandwiches on the skillet and grill until a nice golden brown (about 5-7 minutes for me).
Flip sandwich and grill until you reach your desired level of toastiness (another 3-5 mintutes).
Move sandwich to a cutting board and let sit for 1 minute.
Cut into dipping strips and serve with soup.
Grilled Cheese Dippers
- 8 slices Italian Bread
- Butter at room temperature
- A few dashes Granulated Garlic Powder
- 1-1½ c shredded Mozzarella Cheese
- Put a large skillet over medium heat.
- Butter one side of each piece of bread. Flip one buttered side of bread on top of another (making 4 sandwiches) and butter an inside slice of each sandwich.
- Sprinkle garlic powder over each sandwich.
- Divide cheese evenly among the four sandwiches.
- Put the sandwiches on the skillet and grill until a nice golden brown (about 5-7 minutes for me). Flip sandwich and grill until you reach your desired level of toastiness (another 3-5 mintutes).
- Move sandwich to a cutting board and let sit for 1 minute. Cut into dipping strips and serve with soup.