Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Sin Binge


I think it's totally legit to say that everyone goes through a rebellious period. Mine might've lasted a little longer than the average Joesaphine, but that's cool - it's always been something that I've worn on my sleeve. Unlike most people who think of a rebellious phase as trouble, I've always thought about it as a some awesome gift from the universe, like a spiked shirley temple or a scruffy faced Ryan Gosling. This all started back in 7th grade, when I discovered that I didn't want to be one of the Abercrombie-wearing, Hollister-stinkin', typical middle school kids that looked like everyone else. Which, to be real, was kind of hard to deal with in central Florida but I was just always turned off by the way everyone was the same. So like any kid with a bright idea and too many hormones to function - I started to deviate from the norm.


I made friends with the skaters, the punk rockers, and the surfers because they seemed like the ones who "got it". I started dressing like a boy - wearing baggy long shorts, ratty old tube socks, and band shirts every single day. I still miss my favorite worn out Saves The Day shirt (where did it go?!?) and the Manic Panic cotton candy pink hair. And although my Mom probably thought I was going to start smoking meth or that I was about to drop out of school to follow NOFX around, that wasn't the case. I just wanted everyone to know that I was different and that I was going to do my own thing NO MATTER WHAT. Also, let's be real... they were way more fun than the popular kids and getting in trouble with them was a ton of fun.

So here I am, almost ten years later, doing the same stuff; twirling my purple hair in my finger, contemplating life, all while wearing a Dead Kennedy's shirt. A lot has changed since then (Thank god I gave up that fashion sense  but I still embrace the weirdness. It's what it's all about actually. Without it, I don't think I would be here right now makin' my own way in NYC. So like any of my stories, comes a grilled cheese that reflects it. Inspired by my newly purple hair, this grilled cheese flaunts salt'n' vinegar blue potatoes, creamy raclette from Roth, marinated cipollini onions, thinly sliced landjager from Underground Butcher, and sweet n spicy mustard on sourdough bread.

AND the best part about today's blog post is THE GIVEAWAY that comes with it! The awesome people from Wisconsin Cheese are going to give some lucky person an entire case full of the cheeses that I've used within the last month in a half - so you can make all these yummy GCs!!! Just comment below to be entered!




Ingredients:

- 1 small wedge of Roth's raclette
- a few marinated cipollini onions
- 3 small purple potatoes, roasted
- 2 slices of sourdough
- 2 tbsp of sweet and spicy mustard
- 2 pats of salted butter
- a few thin slices of landjager, I got mine from Underground Butcher





Begin by grabbin' some sweet n spicy mustard and slathering it on. It's all up to your tastebuds here - customize it!


Mild, creamy, slightly stinky, nutty, and buttery, Roth's raclette is the all-star of melty cheeses. Traditionally prepared in a tiny dish that's heated over a flame, raclette was made to be melted and served on potatoes, pickles, and dried meats.

So as you can imagine, this sandwich is absolutely perfect. And I'm not just saying that because I made it up I'M SAYING THAT BECAUSE IT IS!


Now you'll want to throw on your accompanying ingredients - I used roasted blue potaotes, which I finished with a splash of vinegar (get it?! salt'n'vinegar flavored!), marinated cipollini onions, and super thin slices of landjager sausage.

Never heard of landjager? Either did I until my buddies from Underground Butcher gave me some. It's a semi-dried stick of meat that's traditionally made from pork, beef, lard, red wine, sugar, and spices. It sort of tastes like a hard salami but only more flavorful. ALSO DONATE TO THEIR KICKSTARTER SO YOU CAN TRY SOME, TOO!


Now add some more of the cheese and place the top piece of bread on top.


Now heat your skillet to medium, butter both sides of your sandwich, and put it on. Cook for a few minutes on each side until it gets all melty and you grow a beard just like one of those German mountain men that's been eating this type of meal (non-grilled, of course) for ages.


After a few minutes it will be absolutely perfect and you'll have a hard time not shoving it down your throat - but do what my mom always tells me and hold out for a sec. Let it cool and thicken back up and then it's good to go!


So yeah, keep it weird, keep it real, and do whatever the hell you want! Just make sure to enter the contest so that you can win a case full of awesome Wisconsin cheese!

xoxo,

GCS

48 comments:

  1. Purple potatoes! Are these like taro?

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  2. Oh my goodness, another crazy collection of ingredients that totally rock together. Looks delish! Thanks!

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  3. I'm all about this Sin Binge! Looking forward to the next creation! Cheers

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  4. No one's blog makes me hungrier! I've never tried purple potato or cipollini onion. This is definitely on my must make list!

    Curious if you've ever attempted making grilled cheese without real cheese? I know someone with a dairy allergy who uses Daiya since it's dairy free. They like it because it melts where others don't really melt.

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  5. this looks amazing..... as usual :)

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  6. This looks like the perfect hangover sandwich. And I just happen to be hungover.

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  7. Wisconsin-made raclette and landjager? That state is moving up! Also, your sandwich looks amazing: spicy, melty, crispy, tangy, and sweet all at once. GIMME.

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  8. Sounds great. Lookin forward to all the cheeses

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  9. Goodness you're a grilled cheese genius.

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  10. Dude this looks great. Also what did you marinate the onions in? I am really into your grilled cheeses, and hope we run into each other in a bar in BK one day this lifetime.

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  11. I should know better than to read your blog before lunch because it always makes me want a grilled cheese!

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  12. Looks tasty... such a great combo! Now I am hungry for lunch.

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  13. Yum! I love how all your sandwiches have all the ingredients that I would think of to put on a grilled cheese, plus a couple extras (that I would never think of) to put it over the top... like potatoes!

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  14. Yes to all of those things in my face, RIGHT NOW!!

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  15. Cheese, cheese, cheese. A whole case of it would be brilliant. And, of the course, the sammy looks amazing!

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  16. I'd love some of that awesome cheese please!!

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  17. Yay for being weird! and for a delicious case of cheeses! This GC looks fantastic.

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  18. O yay! O yay! O yay! O yay! O happy happy day! You finally are doing a giveaway that doesn't require a FB page! O yay! O yay!

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    1. YOU WIN! email me address and info grilledcheesesocial(at)gmail(dot)com!

      congrats!

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  19. This sandwich looks SO yummy...such a great combo of flavors and textures. And, those purple potatoes are so striking - love it! :)

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  20. Your Blog is my favorite of all Blogs! Long Live Grilled Cheese Social!

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  21. I want to go to there.....Right there in the middle of that beautiful melty goodness. Please? Pretty please with cheese?

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  22. Awesome sandwich! Love reading your blog and I'm so glad this giveaway doesn't require facebook :)

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  23. Looks amazing, as usual. Raclette sounds pretty great.

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  24. omg this is not real life. Those potatoes are amazing!! And that cheese. I'm actually drooling into my keyboard as I type this.

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  25. You're a cheese Goddess!

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  26. Oh, I want all the cheeses. I want to go to there.

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  27. This GC is a MUST try for me, I love any and ALL Cheeses
    But Cheese, AND Salt 'n' Vinegar'd potatoes... O. M. G. I think I may have died and gone to Grilled Cheese heaven

    *Enter me please Mckenzie*

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  28. i kind of want to cry right now. 1) because this is all of my favorite foods in a grilled cheese (which is also one of my favorite foods) and 2) because you're giving me an opportunity to win a CASE OF CHEESE. WHICH IS MY NUMBER ONE FAVORITE FOOD. HOW IS THIS REAL.

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  29. OMGHolyHellIWantCheeseAllTheTimeRightInMyFace!!!1!!!1

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  30. I am entering this contest on behalf of my "twu wuv," which Rob Reiner has led me to believe will give me an edge. C'mon ye Gods of Lactose, she really, really, really loves grilled cheese, so throw me a bone here...

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  31. YUM! I tell all my pals about your blog--one of my favorites!

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  32. I love a Good grilled cheese and this looks AMAZING!
    I sure would love to win! keshakeke(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. I have no idea how you come up with these combinations! This sounds awesome, like so many of the other sandwich recipes that I have made from your collection, and LOVED!!

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  34. Liked, shared and drooled O.o YUMMY

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  35. What an amazing combination with the pretty blue potatoes and the salami! I would love free cheese to try this out!

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  36. MMMMM I grew up eating landjager from karl Ehmer! Love the stuff. Great looking sandich!

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  37. I don't know if the contest is over but this recipe is out of this world! Almost sophisticated and gastronomic with homeliness! I can't say that about high end dining and home foods together this this one! I love love cheese and would dream to win some Wisconsin cheese for a long time!
    blessienelson(at)gmail(dot)com

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