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“Week” 44: Grilled Cheese Mac

This is one I’ve been meaning to try forever, even before the waffle mac – but I was either always out of bread or didn’t have the “right” kind of leftover mac & cheese or whatever.

I’m not exactly sure WHY I wanted to try this. I’ve never even really liked grilled cheese sandwiches – I think mainly because I don’t like American cheese or that cheese imposter known as Velveeta (BLECCHHHH), and those are usually what my mom would use to make them. (But when it’s something like mozzarella with tomatoes and balsamic reduction? Yum-MY!)

Since the microwave mac from the last post was kind of disappointing and I didn’t even finish the small amount in the mug, and since I – for once – had a loaf of bread that DIDN’T look like a forgotten science project, I figured it was time.

Grilled Cheese Mac

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ – 1 cup of leftover mac & cheese
  • 2 slices of bread
  • Butter

DIRECTIONS

  • Spray a non-stick skillet with cooking spray and heat over low-medium heat. (I buy the butter-flavored spray, so no need to melt butter in the pan, although some recipes recommend that.)
  • Butter both slices of bread.
  • Place one slice, butter side down, in the pan. Top with macaroni & cheese, then place the other slice, butter side up, on top.
  • Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes, checking frequently to make sure it’s not burning. (I destroyed a lovely mozzarella and roasted tomato grilled cheese over the weekend due to the heat being too high and the cover on too long. Only the tomatoes were salvageable, fortunately I had more bread and cheese).
  • Flip and re-cover, cooking 1-3 minutes, keeping a close eye on how quickly it’s getting brown since the pan is now hotter and the cooking spray has been absorbed. Some people like their grilled cheese very well-done/crispy … I prefer a medium brownness with some crunch but still soft.

RESULTS

This may seem like a weird combination – LOTS of carbs – but if you eat breadsticks before your pasta when you go to Italian restaurants, don’t judge me. 😉 Anyway, it was pretty good – I kinda sorta did it as a joke, but I ended up eating the whole thing and enjoying it very much.

Posted on February 12, 2021

(For those completely lost by the erratic numbering – makeup recipes posted Monday-Saturday will be out of order as I frantically attempt to get in all 52 by the deadline. Sunday recipes posted on schedule will be the actual week # it’s supposed to be.)

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