Lunch Nostalgia: Grilled Cheese and Sweet Potato Chips

February 8, 2010

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I was in need of some comfort food yesterday afternoon, so I decided to make the adult version of my favorite childhood lunch. Kraft singles and plain white sandwich bread just weren’t going cut it, so I broke out the good stuff.

For a rich, nutty flavor, I decided to use the Special Reserve Gruyere we had in the fridge. I also sliced up a loaf of country bread for the ultimate hearty bite. Instead of grabbing the bag of chips we had in the cupboard, I fried slices of sweet potato in hot oil. It was an especially incredible way to spend the lunch hour.

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For the Grilled Cheese Sandwich

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Slice the cheese and insert between two pieces of country bread.
  3. Then, butter the pan — not the bread. Brown 2 tablespoons of butter in a pan over medium heat.
  4. After about a minute, flip the sandwich and brown the other side for 30 seconds.
  5. Lay the sandwich out on a baking tray and put another half tablespoon of butter on top. Bake until the cheese is melted — 3-5 minutes.

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For the Sweet Potato Chips

  1. Peel one sweet potato and slice into thin circles with a mandolin or sharp knife.
  2. Pour 3 inches of peanut oil into a heavy pan or fryer and heat to 350 degrees.
  3. Fry chips in batches until crispy, about 3 minutes.
  4. Lay chips out on a paper towel and sprinkle with kosher salt. You can keep warm in a 200 degree oven.

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Barb February 8, 2010 at 9:57 am

I need to try the sweet potato chips. Sounds delicious.

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Jen February 9, 2010 at 2:56 pm

I love love love gruyere so this would be an amazing weekend lunch to have with my husband!

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Courtney February 10, 2010 at 6:56 am

It’s so decadent isn’t it? I highly recommend the fancy shmancy grilled cheese. So good.

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