Bacon Sweet Potato Bites

I never really liked sweet potatoes until I went to college in Memphis. Growing up I think sweet potato fries looked too much like carrots for me to give them a try. After trying the fries at Young Avenue Deli in Memphis, I became obsessed. I went to Sam's Club this weekend and bought sweet potatoes in bulk; I eat them so often that this is actually necessary. Usually, I just wrap them in foil and throw them in the oven, then stuff them with cheese, spices, and fruit, but I wanted to try something new.

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Getting {grilled} Cheesy

Grilled Cheesey-Happiness Homemade

There are few things more comforting in this world than the combination of bread and cheese. I wrote about French Onion Soup as my favorite comfort food almost a year ago. But today, instead of talking about delicious bread soaking in a brandy-beef broth with gooey cheese melted over it, I will be talking about an equally delicious and gooey food-- the grilled cheese.

It’s no secret that my family loves grilled cheese; my little brother used to eat one every day for breakfast. I  jumped on the grilled cheese bandwagon and started eating them myself a few weeks ago and have been playing around with a few variations, mostly based on what leftovers were in my fridge. They are so easy to make, and with so many choices, I never feel like I am eating the same thing! So defeat your lunchtime boredom with these 20 fancified grilled cheese!

1. Wake the f*** up!: Swiss cheese, avocado, 1 or 2 fried eggs, siracha, english muffin

2. Mademoiselle: Brie, honey, pear, croissant

3. French Onion Soup: Caramelized onions, reduced brandy and beef stock, Gruyere cheese, ciabatta

4. Caprese: tomato, basil, mozzarella, focaccia

5. Broccoli-Cheddar soup: Broccoli, cheddar, ham (optional), focaccia

6. Fall harvest: Apple butter, rosemary, cheddar, ciabatta

7. You ate my sandwich? MY SANDWICH!?: Turkey, apples/cranberry sauce, gravy, brie, wheat bread

8. Grown-up: Balsamic glaze, brussel sprouts+minced garlic, havarti, brioche

9. Summer lovin': Peaches, mascarpone, honey, rosemary, croissant

10. Minimalist: Fried sage, Fontina, challah

11. Tree hugger: Grilled vegetables, goat cheese, basalmic, wheat bread/ciabatta

12. Texan: goat cheese, blackbeans, guacamole, cornbread/texas toast

13. A step up: Gruyere, prosciutto, arugula, and tomato, Focaccia

14. Jalepeno popper: jalepenos, sourdough, cream cheese, jack/cheddar cheese, biscuit

15. Lazy Sunday: brie, blueberries, french toast

16. Pregnant woman: Cheddar, bacon, pickles, sourdough, white bread

17. Steakhouse: Steak, gorganzola, arugala, basalmic reduction, brioche

18. Southern gentleman: fried chicken, cheddar, waffle

19. Be Mine: roasted strawberries, dark chocolate, mascarpone, french toast

20. Baltimore: crab, mac and cheese, hot dog bits, old bay, sourdough

If you are dizzied with delight after reading this list and just don’t know where to begin, I asked our resident grilled cheese expert to lend a helping hand and recommend his top 5 from this list (in no particular order)- Caprese, Fall Harvest, Lazy Sunday, Southern Gentleman, and Baltimore (not pictured).

The Caprese
The Fall harvest (#6)
Lazy Sunday (#15)
Southern gentleman (#18)

If sometimes you want the comfort of grilled cheese without the heavy carbs that come with it,  here are two options for the grilled and the cheese without the bread.

.*HEALTHY OPTIONS*

1.Grilled Zucchini rolls with herbed goat cheese and kalamata olives

2. Grilled portobello mushrooms, roasted red bell peppers, goat cheese

Enjoy the comforting gooeyness my hungry friends! But beware, it can get messy.

the Lazy Sunday goes fast!

French Onion Soup

French onion Soup- Happiness Homemade Soup is possibly the most comforting food. Its warm and delicious and just makes me happy on cold winter days. As soon as the temperature drops below 60, nothing makes me happier than curling up with a great book and a hot bowl of soup. I thought Fall was finally here a few weeks ago, but the warm weather came back and pushed the lovely cold weather back to the north. This weather may be able to stop me from wearing cozy sweaters and warm scarves, but it can not stop me from craving my favorite winter comfort food.French onion soup is the clear champion of the soups. The caramelized onions, boozey brandy-beef stock, and the pile of melted cheese combine to deliver a healthy dose of happiness with each bite. Don't let the stress that comes with the end of  semester get you stressed or sick, enjoy some warm soup that is good for your heart and soul!

From the Bon Apetit Test Kitchen:

Ingredients

  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon Calvados, Applejack, or other brandy
  • 4 cups low-salt beef stock
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 -8 1/2"-thick slices baguette, cut to fit ramekins
  • 1 cup grated Gruyère or raclette cheese

Special equipment:

  • Four 10-oz. ramekins

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I hope this cures everything from winter madness to your sniffles.

xx, Megan