Cooking for Students Roasted Red Pepper Grilled Cheese

Roasted Red Pepper Grilled Cheese

Posted on June 11, 2015 by Cooking for Students

Grilled cheese sandwiches are an all-time favorite. Gooey cheese between two pieces of buttery, crisp bread appeals to everyone’s palate. The thing is, the regular grilled cheese sandwich gets boring after a while. Although tasty, sometimes another flavor has to be introduced to the basic bread and cheese combination. One ingredients that melds easily with these two elements is roasted red pepper. Red peppers bring this lovely tang from the pickling liquid used for jarred roasted red peppers as well as a subtle bitterness from the char developed during the roasting process. They also have some sweetness and good texture that compliments the melted cheese very well. To make a roasted red pepper grilled cheese all you need are 4 ingredients and a few minutes.

What’s in it?

  • 2 slices bread, white or whole wheat
  • 1 jarred roasted red pepper, sliced into ribbons
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheese, you can use whatever you have on hand but mozzarella works well with the red peppers
  • 2 tablespoon butter, divided

*Makes 1 sandwich

How’s it made?

  1. Heat a skillet over medium low.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of butter and move the skillet around to coat.
  3. Place one slice of bread into the skillet.
  4. Top the bread with cheese and the roasted red pepper slices.
  5. Add the second slice of bread on top and butter.
  6. Once the bottom side is golden carefully flip the sandwich. Browning takes about 2-3 minutes.
  7. Brown on the other side, remove from the skillet, slice in half and eat.

This grilled cheese variation pleases the taste buds and so will others. A grilled cheese is kind of a blank slate so do not be afraid to experiment. A huge part of being a student is making the most out of what you have and making something great out of those ingredients. If you do not have a jar of roasted red peppers on hand there are a plethora of other ingredients that can be used to amplify a basic grilled cheese. Deli meats work extremely well and add another savory factor. Another great idea is experimenting with condiments including jams to make a savory sweet sandwich along with fruits, vegetables and herbs. You will be surprised at how many foods taste great with cheese and bread. Be creative and don’t hesitate to try new things. Being a student doesn’t mean that you cannot eat delicious and interesting food with complex flavor combinations.