Thursday, February 14, 2013

Moons Over Morocco

As I'm writing this in seat 11H of flight 201 to Casablanca, I've compacted my arms as tightly as they can be to my body so much so that I'm typing like I'm a Velociraptor or something. I have absolutely no space to spread my wings and there's a flight attendent that keeps wheeling by me with a ciggarette cart (why are they selling cigs on this flight??) and she keeps sneaking up on me and hitting my funny bone - just like that scene from The Wedding Singer. The turbulance has been pretty gnarly for the last 30 minutes, and the bumpiness has me seeing double. The balding man in front of me keeps slamming his seat back so hard that the bottom of my keyboard keeps jabbing me in my stomach, which is way too uncomfortably full from pizza flavored Combos, peanut butter m&ms, and warm Coca Cola.

Yeah, I know, I'm sorry that I'm whining about how unpleasant my current situation is, but there are some fun things going on too. I'm really excited about this strange wall-mounted crib that's holding a cute little chubby baby next to me. It makes me wish they made one for people my size. I'd totally pay extra for that. The airline is also playing episodes of Friends which was really relatively cool until I plugged in my headphones and realized it was dubbed over in Arabic. I've also got a shit ton of new music on my iphone that's almost dead and I'm jamming out to some bassed out electronic music that makes me feel like I should be rolling in da club or something. I'm trying not to dance but I just can't help it, maybe that means it's time to switch over to something more chill, like that new Unknown Mortal Orchestra album or something.

In reality though, I think I might be going crazy. Why am I so antsy? Why am I so insanely itchy? Gah, it's so hot and I have a headache from squinting because I decided to buy the version of "Consider the Lobster" that has the smallest font visible to the human eye. I've got 4 more hours before we land and I am ready to get the F off of this plane. It's hot as hell up in here and everyone has warmed me not to show my shoulders and what did I wear on the plane? A stupid sleeveless shirt. I know, i know,  it's a noobie mistake but I've never been this uncomfortably hot on a plane before. I'm always freezing cold and the sleeveless shirt was meant to hide under my over-sized cardigan that I never thought I'd have to take off. I am anxious in ALL THE WAYS. Especially about traveling to Morocco....alone.

But enough griping, I'm truly so excited about this trip and if you want to follow me and see my adventures you can find me on Instagram @grilledcheesesocial. I'm also excited to share this recipe with you - that is not exotic in any way, shape, or form but it is super good and a solid sandwich.  Smoked Wisconsin Swiss cheese, honey baked ham, cranberry jam, and a sweet and buttery Hawaiian roll make up this delightful GC.




 Get yo'self some of dis stuff



Ingredients


-1 Hawaiian Roll
-3-4 slices of Wisconsin smoked swiss cheese
-1 tbsp of cranberry jelly with real cranberries
-1/4 pound of thinly sliced honey baked ham
-2 pats of butter which are not pictured











(Don't ask me why it's neon in this picture)
When you make a GC with any type of roll, the trick is to turn it inside out so that you're grilling the doughy center. Once you've cut the roll in half and flipped it, smear on that cranberry jam. I have something to admit, I am a HUGE fan of the canned fake cranberry jelly. Like, it's my favorite thing on a Thanksgiving table and I get really bummed out when someone makes their own version from scratch. In this sandwich however, you need the kind with the real berries because it just makes it so much more texturally appealing.


Then add some of that smoked swiss. I chose to use cheese from Wisconsin because it is my favorite and I think the Wisconsin Milk Society is an awesome group of people who know how to keep it real. The farmers and makers both care about food, and that's what matters to me... and i love them. 



Next! Add some of that ham and layer it on pretty, just like they do in a Subway commercial.


Almost done! Finish with the other slices of cheese and the remaining half of the roll and smear some butter all over that baby.




Let that butter work its magic...



Turn your grill pan to medium and let that sandwich grill, butter side down of course. When it's all crisped up on one side and the cheese is melting over the corners, butter the otherside and flip it. Let it cook for a few more minutes until it's all perfect and melty and then remove it from the heat and let it sit for a few minutes to tighten up.




And if I ever make it off this plane and can actually post this recipe, then cheers to everyone. I didn't think I was gonna make it. I'm gonna go take a stroll around the plane now, because my left butt cheek is asleep.




UPDATE! I made it and am sitting in my hotel room in Morocco, stealing internet from the restaurant next door. I've spent two days wandering ALONE, getting lost, and being hissed at. Today, my group has finally made it and they seem like a pretty chill bunch. Even though it's been kind of scary, it's also been absolutely awesome and I'm leaving for Essaouira tomorrow! Follow me on the internetz and I'll talk to you all soon!

xoxo,

GCS













9 comments:

  1. Yay for a new yummy gc and yay for adventures in foreign countries! (and yay you survived the flight!)

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  2. So glad you made it safe and sound.! Hope you find many new and exciting things to make us new grilled cheeses!! Be safe and hurry home!!!!

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  3. Yay enjoy Morocco! Essaouira is pretty sweet...I went on a crazy day trip there that was mostly about the driver taking us to all his friends' shops to spend money on rugs and other things we didn't expect to buy. So watch out for that.

    Also, this looks delicious.

    And, I made a monster grilled cheese during the blizzard last weekend that I'm going to send to you. :) (in photo form)

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  4. i've been following your blog for a bit but not sure i've ever commented. this sandwich might be my fave so far and i can't wait to try it. i'm also super intrigued to hear more about your fantastic adventure! stay safe!

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  5. That's so funny, I was actually in Morocco this past weekend as well! I'm doing an exchange in Sevilla and HAD to take the opportunity to go. These grilled cheeses are my little window into Home Food. I just wrote about Morocco as well - good luck with your travels!

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  6. Morocco is my favourite ! I am a French girl, and part of my family is Moroccan : you'll love it ! That's very exotic and you're feeling like Indiana Jones (or something like this). Don't be scared about what people said : Moroccans won't throw loukoums on your face for a sleeveless shirt : they're not so radicalist.
    Hope you enjoy your stay (well, kind of weird, I am talking like a trip organizer !)
    And please, come back with a Moroccan inspired grilled cheese with harissa.... (I am not gonna spoiled the food surprises ! ;))
    Cheers !

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  7. Morocco is my favourite ! I am a French girl, and part of my family is Moroccan : you'll love it ! That's very exotic and you're feeling like Indiana Jones (or something like this). Don't be scared about what people said : Moroccans won't throw loukoums on your face for a sleeveless shirt : they're not so radicalist.
    Hope you enjoy your stay (well, kind of weird, I am talking like a trip organizer !)
    And please, come back with a Moroccan inspired grilled cheese with harissa.... (I am not gonna spoiled the food surprises ! ;))
    Cheers !

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  8. Oh my, that looks delish! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. This is a great recipe and when I first saw it I knew that it was begging to be made in a pie iron. Not sure if you've heard of one or not, but it's a cast iron clam shell cooking device which presses and crimps a sandwich similar to a panini. Thy're mostly used over a campfire. My company has been making them since the 1960s.

    I posted results of my cooking experiment at our facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151844479783056.1073741827.88134893055&type=1

    Keep up the inspiring recipes.

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