Everything Spice and Parmesan Crusted Grilled Cheese – it’s crunchy and salty on the outside and ooey gooey on the inside. The everything spice is filled with pungent flavors of maldon salt and garlic, and it’s a perfect combination with the cheese and bread.
This recipe is adapted from Half Baked Harvest. I had never heard of everything spice before, but now I see it everywhere. It’s a salty and garlicky spice blend that often is as a topping on bagels. However, it’s super delicious on all kinds of bread (mm well maybe not a cinnamon roll, but you know).
Norwegian vs. American
Grilled cheeses aren’t all that popular in Norway, they are usually made with ham too. I now appreciate the simplicity of just a grilled cheese – it is supposed to be simple. Comforting food; while the weather is raging outside, enjoy a cup of coffee (or Irish Coffee or maybe an Orange Hot Chocolate?) and this delicious everything spice and parmesan crusted grilled cheese. And one thing I learned from Pinterest – Americans use grilled cheeses as a side dish to soup. I mean, how genius is that! In Norway, plain bread with butter is sufficient, but now I am always craving grilled cheese to soup. Up the comfort game!
Honestly, I am not a cheese person. I like cheese, but I don’t love cheese like some does (uhem Rachael Ray yes?). The more cheese does not make things better, but a little goes a long way. This grilled cheese has the right amount and balances the bread just right, in my opinion. Of course, add more if you want more, but this is my preference. And with the everything spice, you shouldn’t need any more.
Everything Spice and Parmesan Crusted Grilled Cheese
Mix all the everything spice ingredients together and store in an airtight container. Get white or sour dough bread (I usually like whole wheat, but I find that it doesn’t work on grilled cheeses), and cut into half inch slices. Spread butter on the outsides, sprinkle with everything spice and top with a little parmesan cheese. Press the spice and parmesan lightly onto the bread so it sticks. In the inside, just add as much cheese (Jarlsberg or cheddar) as you want, or 1/2-3/4 cup divided on two toasts like me. Squish the two slices together and place in a medium heated pan (not necessary with butter or oil).
Medium heat will allow the slices to become crispy on the outside, but not hard, and the cheese will melt. It does take a little while, but it’s so worth it. Once the bread is as crispy as you want, you might want to press it down a little with a spatula, to incorporate the cheese a little into the bread. Or you can use a toast maker, the choice is completely yours.
Grilled cheeses are all about simplicity, remember.
Other easy comfort food:
- Apple Honey Brie Toast
- Chinese Sesame Fried Rice
- Lemon Blueberry French Toast Casserole with Cream Cheese
- Vegan Thai Lemongrass Noodle Soup
- Orange Hot Chocolate
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