Monday, May 16, 2011

Little Devil (on horseback)

Guess what everybody? I finished grad school FOREVER. Yep, that's right, no more finals, papers, assignments or pop-quizzes for me.  I can't even explain how happy I am that I don't have to make the hike from Brooklyn to Morningside Heights Harlem on the reg anymore.  Even though my official graduation isn't until tomorrow, my family is here (and let's be real they like to eat and party just as much as I do) so I decided to commemorate my time at Columbia with a celebratory grilled cheese.  For some inspiration I thought I'd use some blue cheese to symbolize the school colors of blue and white and since grad school seemed like a curse most of the time at times, I decided to incoroporate devils on horseback (bacon wrapped dates) into this sinful and devilious little grilled cheese.


So here's what I used in these bad boys...


Ingredients:
 
- 1/5 pound of Blauschimmel cheese
  (or a saga blue brie)
- 4 slices of french bread
- 2 pats of salted butter
- 2 devils on horseback
  (bacon wrapped dates)





So to get the cheese for this sandwich I decided to go to one of my favorite places in Williamsburg the world - The Bedford Cheese Shop.  I had originally went in to buy some saga blue brie but the cute guy behind the counter (I swear everyone in there is so adorable that they make my heart melt) told me they were out, and to my delight offered me some of this amazing blauschimmel.  I would try to tell you about how amazing this blue cheese is, but I like the way the shop puts it way better...

"One of the most exceptionally buttery, slightly soured, delicately veined, blue cheese you will ever have the pleasure of eating.  It's like fresh churned butter on steroids, or a beefy blue on E. Smear on top of a dense dark bread for an evening of bliss. Pair with a dirty martini."

See what I mean? Awesome cheese, awesome description, and awesome shop.  So anyways, go ahead and treat yourself to some of this delicious blue and smear it on two pieces of crusty french bread.

Look at those veins!

 Next comes the devils on horseback.  A while ago I went to dinner with an amazing fellow grilled cheese enthusiast - Rick Wolfe.  He is opening up a grilled cheese truck (The Cheesy Truck) in Columbus, Ohio, so you should definitely eat there if you live in the area (believe me, I've drooled over the menu).  So while we were at dinner, Rick decided to order us some devils on horseback and I was instantly obsessed with these sweet and smokey little morsels.  Even though i basically devoured the entire tray (sorry for forgetting how to share Rick), I honestly haven's stopped thinking about them since.

To make devils on horseback you basically just wrap some pitted dates in thick cut bacon, and bake them at 400° for about 20 minutes (or until your bacon is cooked through). Once you have them prepeared, gently slice one down the middle and put both halves onto a piece of bread.


Then pile on some more of that delicious blue.


And top with another piece of french bread.


Now butter both sides of the sandwiches and heat your pan on medium high.  Because the cheese is already so soft, it will only take a few minutes on each side.  Once they start to crisp up and show that nice, golden brown, and toasty color, flip them and repeat. 


When both sides are crusty, take the grilled cheese out of the skillet and serve!  If you have some spicy mustard on hand I'd definitely recommend dunking them in for an extra zing.


Although this sandwich has a lot going on, each component melts together to form one hell of a grilled cheese.  The sweetness from the date balances out the tartness of the blue, and the smokiness from bacon rounds everything out.  Oh and as for the bread and butter, well I guess we can all agree that they just make everything taste a little bit better.

xoxo,

GCS

41 comments:

  1. Felicidades por tu graduación y que bocadillo tan deliciosos. Congratulation and have a nice day!

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  2. This looks absolutely delicious! I used to live in Columbus, OH--I just might have to visit family so I can try out this cheesy truck you speak of. :)

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  3. oh congrats!!! and this looks amazing!!!

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  4. Im so glad for you, what will you do next? what ever it is, Im sure if its as good as your grill cheese sandwichs,you will be blessed. thanks for all the great Ideas.

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  5. Congrats! I'm graduating from grad school on Sunday. I know exactly how you feel...like a weight has been lifted.

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  6. I love your blog more than pigs love truffles!

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  7. First of all congratulations.I love gorgonzola.The name already promises nice savory bite:).Keep cheesing:)

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  8. What a sweet, savory, deliciously cheesy sandwich! I would never have thought of putting dates on grilled cheese, ESPECIALLY bacon wrapped dates. That's outta this (my) world. :)

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  9. OMG, I just did this slow-mo crawl through those pictures going ohhhhhhh. Great sandwich!

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  10. Congratulations on finishing grad school! These sandwiches look soooo good, I'm so glad I found your site! Happy to be your newest follower :)
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  11. That is a very interesting blend of flavors. I bet it tastes wonderful! Might have to try it out.

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  12. Hey! I am a huge fan of this blog. I am graduating at 10 from TC tomorrow. Your post makes me think that you'll be there too! Congrats and keep on cooking.

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  13. Congratulations!
    you have a wonderful blog here :)

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  14. excellent looking sandwiches, personally I cant get enough of grilled cheese, or cheese toasties as I call them, but have you had a cholesterol test? these sangas look excellent but deadly

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  15. That looks amazing!!! As does everything else on your blog. Yup... I've read the whole thing. Inspired me to create my own grilled cheese last night. Yum!!!! Love grilled cheese!!!!
    Oh- and congrats!!! :)

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  17. Oh my.. This looks amaaaaazing! And bacon wrapped dates are my favorite! I stuff mine with cream cheese then wrap. CONGRATS AGAIN ON GRADUATING!!! Wooo! Rage hard :)

    xx
    Ash

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  18. Congratulations on your graduation. Your sandwiches look great. I can't wait to try this recipe.

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  19. your blog is going to make it incredibly hard for me to stick to a diet because i'll be inspired to eat yummy things all day long. :3

    definitely following. :P

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  20. Holy mother of God. This looks/sounds like a party in my mouth. I LOOOOVE stuffed bacon wrapped dates! And I LOOOOVE bread. And this is my dream sandwich. Could I swoon over it anymore?! I am seriously drooling right now.

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  21. yeah. that looks awesome.
    have you ever made grilled cheese for breakfast?
    ...with pancakes? I dare you.

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  22. OMG! This looks soooo delicious! I'm making this ASAP!

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  23. OMG!This look sooo wonderful.I make this sandwich for my friends and they love it!!!

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  24. I put a plug out for your blog on mine. Your sandwiches are to die for. I have tried a few myself.
    Check it out:
    http://butterscotchcaramel.blogspot.com/
    Thanks for the wonderful photos!!!
    Laurie

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  25. Congrats on finishing school forever!

    I made this sandwich tonight. Good lord, is it good. Those folks that get taken in the Rapture are gonna be PISSED that they missed it.

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  26. love how your symbology and flavor profiles work perfectly. bravo. and congrats on school!

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  27. congratulations on graduating! keep up the good work! I never knew you cold do so much with bread and cheese lol. It's fascinating to see how creative you get!

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  28. Hi there, I recently became a follower of yours and I'm glad I did. These sandwiches look amazing along with a few others I've looked at.

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  29. Wow! These look delicious! I recently discovered your blog and I love it! :)

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  30. A friend of mine linked me to this blog and now I'm hooked! Everything looks so delicious, I'll definitely be trying this particular recipe sometime soon!

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  32. Gran blog, enhorabuena

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  33. I am awed (and hungry). Can't wait to go home now.

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  34. perfecttt posttt...love your bloggg!follow us and we will follow you back in the next few hours!
    kisses from GREECE honey!!keep on the great blogwork..
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  35. Hi there! I just saw your post-I make a spread called Devils On Horseback! Check out the website-www.m2collaboration.com We also have a facebook page for the Devils On Horseback Spread. Would love to send you a sample! Let me know
    Michaele@m2collaboration.com

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  37. That looks amazing! I love bacon-wrapped dates (and grilled cheese!). Congrats on graduation.

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