I saw something somewhere about a danklicious smashed meatball grilled cheese and I thought it was an awesome idea. I totally forgot about it for a little while until yesterday when I was at Trader Joe's. They had this amazing looking Asiago that's flavored with rosemary and olive oil. YUM, right? So anyways, I had to buy it and make this little meatwad baby for you guys. I would normally give a shout out here to the recipe that inspired it, but I can't remember :( meep.
So to make this little baby you're going to use :
-2 slices of Eli's onion bread
-2 pads of real salted butter
-1/2 cup of shredded rosemary and olive oil Asiago
-2 cheese stuffed meatballs
I guess I should begin by telling you about the meatballs. I used trader joe's grass fed beef, an egg, some panko, finely diced onions, garlic, and basil, salt, pepper, and this awesome seasoning that I use on about everything.... and it's called Instant Gourmet. I combined everything and rolled 'em into little balls and shoved a small chunk of the asiago in the middle. Once they were shaped, I sprayed some pam into the pan and cooked the meatballs, turning occasionally until the cheese started to ooze out.
Oh, and if you don't wanna try to wing it with my vague recipe, use this cute little recipe from my good friend Ashley at Lovely Little Vices.
But once you have them on hand, go ahead and pile half of the cheese onto one slice of bread.
NOW SMASH YOUR MEATWAD!
Then center it on top of the cheese.
Now pile on the remaining bit of Asiago.
And put on the top piece of bread.
At this point you'll want to melt the other pad of butter in the pan because it's way tooooo hard to try and flip it before it's melted. Once it's creamy go ahead and put the sammie on the butter and put the press on top. If you don't have a metal press, you can use a heavy pan or a tinfoil wrapped brick or something.
Once it gets nice and puuuuuurdy, flip it and put the press back on top!
When it' equally golden on both sides, take it out of the skillet and slice it!
Although this is a really flavorful grilled cheese, I thought it would be even better dipped in some marinara sauce... and i was right! So pair it with some delicious sauce and have a super fun party time and gobble up this meatwad of a grilled cheese.
Oh, and keep livin' large, boy, keep living large.