A Southern Man's Grilled Cheese

One of my favorite comfort foods is a good 'ole fashioned grilled cheese. Growing up, my mother would make the perfect combination of bread, butter and American cheese that was sure to satisfy my cravings. Only in the south would a carb, mass amounts of melted butter and a somewhat healthy dairy, be considered a meal. 

In case you didn't know, there is an entire month and even its own day that is dedicated to this delectable goodness. There are hundreds of ways you can make a grilled cheese and the options for ingredients are endless. To celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day, which is today, I decided to come up with my own creation. The "Southern Man's" Grilled Cheese, is appropriately named from all the perfectly combined ingredients, sure to please any hungry southern man (or woman). 

Here is my take on a southern classic... 

What You'll Need:
Sourdough Bread
Medium Cheddar Cheese 
Hot Pepper Jack Cheese
Yellow Onion
olive oil

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Cut up the yellow onion into long, thin slices and set aside
Warm up your skillet to high heat and prepare the bacon 
Cook bacon until done and set aside
Leave bacon grease in the pan
Add a tablespoon or so of olive oil 
Pour sliced onions into the skillet and caramelize (use salt/pepper to taste)

Melt half a stick of butter in the microwave
Use a butter brush to coat both sides of 3 slices of bread
Time to build! 

On the bottom piece of bread, lay a slice of cheddar and a slice of pepper jack
Add a layer of caramelized onions atop the cheese, then a slice or two of bacon
Add another piece of bread and repeat
Top the sandwich with your final piece of bread…
Making it a DOUBLE stack! 

Use a sandwich press or panini maker to heat the grilled cheese
Leave on press for about 3 - 4 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly

Remove grilled cheese from the press
The key is to cut the grilled cheese into triangular halves (not vertical)

Plate your grilled cheese and serve with a bowl of your favorite soup!
Bread, butter and bacon… what more can a southern man ask for?!

If cookin' ain't yo thang (in my best southern voice), than celebrate today's holiday by visiting a local hangout that serves grilled cheeses. If you're in the DC area, there's even a store dedicated solely to "make your own" grilled cheeses. Grilled Cheese DC, GCDC, opened yesterday and is located at 1730 Pennsylvania Ave, NW. Go check them out and feast on grilled cheeses till your heart's content!

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