Thursday, May 5, 2011

Señor Snappy

¿Como estas mis amigos? Are you super excited that today is Cinco de Mayo? Because I sure as am.  I've got my tequila chilling in the fridge and my El Guincho (NSFW) record playing on repeat.  The limes and salt are set up like a shrine to our Lady Guadalupe and I've got my sombrero party shoes on.  If only all of my friends didn't have real jobs so they could be here drinking with me.  But yeah, so to pass the time until happy hour rolls around - I'm making a fiesta grilled cheese for you and all your amigos to enjoy. Es muy bueno!


So what's in this bad boy?


Ingredients

- 1 tbs of pickled jalapenos 
- 1 tbs of pickled red onions
- 1 tbs of shredded roast pork
- 2 pats of butter
- 1/2 cup of quesodilla queso
- 4 sweet plantains (aka maduros)
- 1 Bolillos (or a crunchy french bread)




One of the best parts about living in Williamsburg is the huge Hispanic population that makes up the other half of hipsterdom.  I don't even have to get my passport stamped in order to have access to a zillion amazing little Ethnic markets.  I love it, I can find anything (and I mean anything), but most importantly I found the bread that tortas are made from (which are called Bolillos) at a super cute bakery called Grand Morales. This delicious disk shaped crusty french-like bread is absolutely perfect for this grilled cheese. It's thick and hearty and holds up perfectly when it's packed with tasty fillings.

So to begin you'll want to cut your Bolillo in half and then gently cut off the top of the bread.  Then flip the butt of the bread over because later you'll want to cover it with cheese and use the inside of the bread for the buttered outside.


Now it's time for the queso! While I was at the market I found an entire shelf full of different kinds of queso.  Now let me inform you that I took like five years of spanish and the only thing I really retained was the names of food but beyond that I was totally screwed. I had absolutely no idea what to buy so I mustered up my español courage and asked the cashier what was the best melting cheese by wiggling my fingers in a poor attempt to sign "melt". She directed me to queso quesadilla which should have been the most obvious choice, cause com'on duh quesadilla cheese - I should know that.

But yeah, so I got my queso quesadilla and shredded it and sprinkled it on to one half of the sandwich.


Once the cheese was on, I delicately placed some pickled jalapenos on top.  For these, I bought some of the pre-sliced nacho jalapenos at Whole Foods and drained them and then put them in the leftover brine from my favorite pickles in the world - McClures of Brooklyn.  They've been in there for quite a while but having been soaked in vinegar made them extra tasty.  They were still spicy but they were  also a little sweet as well.



Next came the roasted pork.  I cheated and bought mine pre-made but if you have time you should totally make this yourself.  When I was browsing recipes I came across this little gem, but with finals approaching and me scrambling to find a big girl job, I sadly resorted to the pre-made stuff to make my day a little easier. 


After that I put on the maduros.  If you've never had these and are wondering what in the world they are, let me tell you.  They're the best things in the world.  They're basically fried green plantains that look like big bananas and become sweet and caramelized once they are cooked in oil.  I love 'em so much.


Now at this point I put on some pickled red onions to balance out some of the sweetness.  To make these, I thinly sliced a red onion and then soaked them in red wine vinegar for like 30 minutes. 


Since the sandwich was getting rather high, I decided it would be best to grill the two halves seperately so the cheese could adhere to both pieces of bread and essentially glue the ingredients together. 


I went ahead and melted two pats of butter on medium heat and put each half in and smeared them around in the butter.


I let them cook for about 4 minutes on each side until the cheese started getting ooey and gooey and melty and goodie (sorry, overboard - i know, but you get the point).


Once I could tell the cheese had melted and wasn't going anywhere, I carefully put the cheese-only side on top of the massive-amounts-of-ingredients-side and let the cheese work it's magic.


After another minute of this delicious grilled cheese sitting in my skillet, I removed it and sliced it half, and then fought off my roommates from eating it so I could snap some pics.


Feliz Cinco de Mayo! Salud! And don't forget to drink plenty of water before bed, tequila hangovers are no joke.


xoxo,

GCS

78 comments:

  1. i just melted. this looks SOOOOOO goood

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  2. omg this looks good :( i'm super hungry now.

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  4. woah woah YUMmmm I must try this asap!!


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  5. now that's a great way to start any day, cheers...

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  6. My mouth is watering...that looks so good.

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  7. Oh my gosh that needs to get in my mouth right now.. Salud mi amor!!

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  8. Oh my wow, I love that all! Grand Morelos is my fave, and I know where you got those lovely maduros, friend! Gimmegimme! This seriously looks so awesome.

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  9. Oh, my mouth is watering! That look soooooo good!
    besos,lynn

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  10. This looks fantastic! Happy Cinco de Mayo. :)

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  11. Just the thing for lunch on Cinco de Mayo!

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  12. Happy Cinco De Mayo!

    I love your blog posts! Everything always looks delish!

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  14. oh my goodness, that looks sooooo flippin good!!

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  15. Looks cheese heaven:)You do like cheese:)

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  18. Magnificent! What a sandwich! That would make a great lunch

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  23. um WOW! so, now I'm hungry!
    That looks awesome!


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  24. Friend plantains with grilled cheese? Oh my goodness, looks DELICIOUS! Grilled cheese has been taken to a whole 'nother level.

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  25. delicious. I love it
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  26. Oh my god that looks juicy! Too bad I don't have anything except a chicken breast in my fridge... I'll probably figure something out...

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  27. OMG, this is the blog I dreamed about but never thought could exist in real life!!!

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  28. I hope someone makes this for me on Mothers Day!!

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  29. Being a Mexican and living in Mexico City, I can say this looks pretty good. The bread looks almost authentic Mexican! Although we never grate the cheese.

    I find it so weird how 5 de Mayo is so celebrated in the US, when in fact, here in Mexico it's not a big deal. It's the celebration of when the Mexican army defeated the French in ONE battle, and maybe only time the Mexican army has won any battle. Weird.

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  30. THAT LOOKS SO GOOD!!! I'm starving! I can almost smell all that food. =)

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  31. I swear the ONLY flaw with food-related blogs is that it makes me hungry just reading them. This looks so damn good! However, I can't get quesodilla here, so may replace with cheddar? I'll have to see how it goes.

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  32. This post literally made me drool because it looks so good! I am definitely going to try this dish. What do you think about it? What are some things I could do if I wanted to make it a little more spicy? Thanks for the great recipe idea, I'll be sure to let you know how I like it!

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  33. That is one fabulous grilled cheese! :) mmmmm...

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  34. I am.... I'm so completely speechless. 0.0



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  35. Mexican food IS melty cheese, if you ask me. So I think a cinco de mayo grilled cheese sandwich is only appropriate. Love love lovee.

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  36. Thanks everybody!

    @scarecrow - That's a shame! I'd try some Monterey jack or jalapeno jack maybe.

    @ellen - HOT SAUCE, HOT SAUCE, HOT SAUCE! And maybe some plain ol' jalapenos.

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  37. pretty ignorant if you think mexican cuisine only consists of melted cheese. Clearly you do not know much about the typical foods of the 32 states, whereas the US only has, what? Barbecue?

    This is a responde to Audrey Ellen

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  40. How gorgeous is that sandwich? Pretty darned I'd say. This is my first visit to your site and I've spent some time exploring all that's here. I love the food and recipes you share with your readers and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  41. oh my goodness.
    that. looks. amazing.

    Right now, off to the shops to get all the ingredients. I'm getting my coat.

    xx

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  42. haha :D thanks! That is one fabulous grilled cheese..

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  43. OWW superr! That looks so good..

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  44. So I think a cinco de mayo grilled cheese sandwich is only appropriate. Love love lovee.

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  46. I wish i could make that... I have no cooking skills so yeah, would probably end up with something on fire :)

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  47. Hey, I enjoyed reading this post. I recently wrote a review about a grilled cheese sandwich that I loved in Los Angeles. Check it out sometime. http://detectiveventriloquist.blogspot.com/2011/05/roses-dozen-best-sandwiches-los-angeles.html

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  48. You had me sold with the queso and jalepeno's

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  54. Looks and sounds soo good :o)

    Keep up the good work!

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  55. this looks amazing...i have to make it one day!

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  59. I was just about to go to bed. Trying to avoid midnight snacks before hand. But this has got me wanting to break that...thanks for making my mouth water!

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  61. Man, this blog makes me happy... food porn all the way.

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  62. the maduros seem indeed quite yummy. very nice blog with nice pics (that make us want to eat whereas we are on a diet but all right)

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  63. These pictures make me drool. Very nice grilled cheese, you should have an official website for crazy grilled cheese recipes!

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  64. OMG KENZIE this looks amazing!!! its like a modern twist on the original "cuban" sandwich. My grandmother would def be jealous! ps congrats on graduating yay!!!

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