Goooooood Thursday morning!
I have to say, the following post would be so much better if I had lugged my Nikon DSLR to Houston. A point-and-shoot will not do this cheesy goodness I experienced last night any sort of justice.
Anyway, on Monday night, Eric and I attempted to plan good meals for the week but I had no real inspiration. (Well, in all honesty, his lack of a grill is behind this. I have inspiration; I just lack the necessary tools.) What to make on the stove top? All I could think of was spaghetti. Then I was hit with an overwhelmingly good idea: grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, or, my favorite so-now-I’m-classy French I vocab term…le croque monsieur.
This delicious idea was made even better when I realized Sargento had sent me coupons to try their new reduced-sodium cheeses. Seemed like a great opportunity to me because cheese is so damn expensive, and I wanted a lot of it for this meal!
I also got a loaf of white bread from the bakery, a block of sharp cheddar, thinly-sliced ham, Dijon mustard, asparagus, and a big can of tomato basil soup. I was seriously looking forward to this meal all week. Every time I’d start thinking about melting cheese and salty ham, I’d just start getting all warm inside.
So last night, it was the Hump Day Treat!
I went with cheddar, the Sargento provolone, and a sprinkle of mozzarella on mine; Eric’s got the Sargento provolone and Colby Jack, plus mozzarella. I realized that in an effort to avoid Weightcation I should always make a point to make my portions smaller than his because I don’t need to eat like a guy. I also realized that if I give him portions that are a little too big, even for a guy, he might get too pudgy to be able to ever cheat on me.
After assembling the girl and guy sandwiches, I put them on the George Foreman which was made for this — made for this!
I shoved the lid down (they were so fat, the GF didn’t want to close) and let them cook for about 12 minutes. While they were getting cripsy and perfect, I sauteed the asparagus in bacon fat and butter (I know…just die) and then heated the soup.
I can’t even count the number of foodgasms I had in this meal. Can’t. Won’t. Approximately ever two minutes, one of us just had another one. One minute it was, “Oh this ham is to die for!” and the next minute it was, “But the mustard totally makes it!” And so on and so forth.
Oh and then we had creme brulee for dessert.
The thing that was great about this dinner is that it is delicious and mind-blowing, but it’s also light and doesn’t leave you stuffed. It was just pretty much amazing in every way, shape, and form. I’m already looking forward to having the leftovers for lunch today.
So, now that I’ve made you sufficiently hungry first thing in the morning, and you’re thinking about stopping on your way home from work to get the supplies for this, I do have something to offer you to help with that: free Sargento cheese! The company sent me extra coupons and, well, you know I like to give it up!
To enter to win, please answer this question: What is the cheesiest pick-up line you’ve ever heard? It can be a classic (“Are you Jamaican? Cause Jamaican me crazy!”) or it can be a funny story about a guy or girl who really earned your “Are you f*cking kidding me?” face with their cheese factor. I know you all are funny and attractive enough to have some great ones; I fully plan to LLOL all day reading the entries!
This reminds me of a time in college when Julia and I were at the library and a frat guy approached our table and made awkward conversation with us for far too long. We were IMing each other things like, “Is he serious?” for a few minutes, trying to be nice but also thinking, OK, he needs to leave. Struggling for something to say, the guy finally looked down at the desk and at my string cheese and just blurted out, “String cheese, huh? Cheese is awesome.” Julia and I have had a lot of funny moments but I’m not sure we’ve ever struggled so hard to keep a straight face. “Cheese is awesome” said in a totally monotone, awkward way has become one of our all-time favorite lines.
Mmmm, that story is like these sandwiches….cheese upon cheese within cheese.
Anyway, just leave a comment here with your answer! And if you Tweet the link to this or post it to your blog or Facebook, just leave me a comment saying you did and you’ll be entered again. You have until tonight at 11 PM EST. I’ll choose the winners at random and announce it tomorrow!
May the best cheese win!