Grilled cheese is just one of those things that you just can’t get enough of. It's a comfort food from your childhood that now needs to live up to your adult palate.
There are a couple of restaurants in the running for my favorite grilled cheese sandwiches in Chicago. Jerry’s Sandwiches in Andersonville and Cheesie’s Pub & Grub in Lakeview are two of my favorites for grilled cheese. When I go to Cheesie’s, I order either the Popper (cheddar, cream cheese, cheddar sauce, jalapeno and bacon on sourdough) or the Tenderizer (cheddar, mozzarella, hot sauce, bacon, fried chicken tenders and Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce on Texas Toast).
I recently decided to attempt to recreate my favorite grilled cheese from Jerry’s: The Munchy (challah, American, cheddar, potato chips, pickle, mayo). I didn’t have challah so I substituted brioche for my bread. I used cheddar, gruyere and a little blue as my cheeses, bought a bag of kettle chips and used cornichons as my pickles. I also used stone ground mustard instead of mayo, although I do have a sincere love and attachment to mayo.
Another reason for this mission was the fact that I wanted to use the griddle on our brand new Jenn-Air appliances that were installed at our Lincoln Square location last month. If you haven’t been to The Chopping Block or taken a cooking class since May --- get here, now!
Here are some more pictures of the process and the final product. Don’t worry… I didn’t eat them all. Our staff reap the benefits of this blog experiment.
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