What is your favorite go-to comfort food on a cold and snowy day?
I hope you caught this week’s Facebook LIVE when I made two very popular cold weather comfort foods - grilled cheese and tomato soup! According to historians, the modern version of the grilled cheese sandwich originated in the 1920s when inexpensive sliced bread and American cheese became readily available. The similar French croque monsieur is a baked or fried boiled ham and cheese sandwich, which originated in European cafés and bars as a quick snack. Both are so delicious and both can take on so many variations - I shared several grilled cheese ideas during our broadcast.
Our New York City studio is set up with all the ingredients for making grilled cheese and tomato soup – two easy recipes that can be made quickly after work, school or any time you crave them.
We love doing these Facebook LIVE shows – I shoot one nearly once a week when I am not traveling. Many of them are done right here in our Martha Stewart Living “Turkey Hill Kitchen” from The Home Depot. http://www.homedepot.com/c/SPC_BRD_MSL_Kitchen
For these sandwiches, I am using Borden® Cheese, which is brought to you by a cooperative of more than 8,000 family-owned dairy farms across the United States.
We also have lots of other ingredients for our grilled cheese, including fresh tomatoes, bacon, pickles, mustard, pears, apples, and ham – the possibilities are endless.
I prefer to use fresh bread for my sandwiches – bread made at one of my local bakeries or bread I’ve made myself, such as brioche, whole grain or country white. What type of bread do you like with your grilled cheese?
Kevin Sharkey loves grilled cheese, so he joined me in the kitchen for this special broadcast. Kevin chose a grilled cheese with gouda, tomato, bacon and pickles on white bread – sounds very tasty.
And, while some prefer to butter their bread, others like to use mayonnaise – what do you use?
Keep the flame on low, so the bread does not burn – it should just turn a nice brown color.
How do you stack your grilled cheese? I like to use three pieces of cheese, but watch the show for my special tip to prevent the tomatoes from making the grilled cheese soggy. I am using my favorite Enameled Cast Iron Pots. This deep cranberry is so popular, but they come in several different colors. They’re available exclusively at Macy’s and make great holiday gifts. goo.gl/L4KuDR
Our SVP Managing Director of Corporate Development stopped into the studio with his friend, Cory Rosen. Maybe they’d both like some grilled cheese…
I made Noah a grilled cheese with Colby and Monterey Jack, and bacon on whole wheat bread.
Oftentimes, grilled cheese is paired with a bowl of hot tomato soup. Our recipe is so easy to do – made with crushed tomatoes, chicken stock, onion, salt and pepper – watch this Facebook LIVE for the how-to. It’s so easy to make your own. https://www.facebook.com/marthastewart/videos/10154818080866289/
Here, I am pouring the chicken stock. If you make a lot of tomato soup, just store in containers and freeze it for later.
You can use your own garden fresh tomatoes, but you can also use canned crushed tomatoes.
And here is one of our grilled cheese sandwiches – perfectly browned with lots of melted cheese.
Grilled cheese with delicious tomato soup – the perfect pair on a cold, snowy day.