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- 8 slices of thick, hearty bread (I like Trader Joe's garlic and olive oil ciabatta), buttered on the inside
- 1 avocado, halved and pitted
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ small white onion, diced
- 1 ½ teaspoons hot sauce (I love D.L. Jardine's Texas Champagne)
- 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 8 ounces Brie cheese, sliced
- 2 tomatoes, thinly sliced
Heat a large skillet and toast the buttered inside of each slice of bread.
Meanwhile, prepare the guacamole: Scoop the avocado flesh into a bowl and mash, mixing in the garlic, onion, hot sauce, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Remove the toasted bread from the skillet, and spread the guacamole mixture on the inside of slice. On all of the bottom slices, add the Brie and tomato and then the top slice of bread (now toasted and spread with guacamole).
Cook the compiled sandwiches over medium heat until the bottom is toasted and the cheese is melted, about 6 minutes.
Curtis Stone's Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Bacon
This is a family-friendly yet gussied-up version of a classic grilled cheese. It's a little fancier but still a simple sandwich everyone loves.
Technique tips: Be sure to butter the bread with real butter. Doing so will lend an ultra-delicious flavor to your sandwich since the butter will brown and take on a nutty, rich, buttery flavor as it is cooked — equally delicious as the cheesy filling!
The challenge with grilled cheese sandwiches is making sure the cheese has melted completely within the same time it takes for the bread to be perfectly golden brown. If your temp is too high, the outside will burn by the time the cheese melts, even before your cheese melts. Use your heat almost like a gas pedal: Go with a nice, smooth, medium-heat ride to begin with, keep an eye on the cheese-melt status and the golden exterior. Pump the brakes on the heat (lower the heat) as needed to help even out the cooking to ensure the center and exterior are both done at the same time. Constant monitoring is important.
Favorite Holiday Appetizer
For me, one of the big parts of the holiday season is the food, and I just can’t seem to get enough this year! Which is why I have been trying to cram as many recipes as possible in this month!
And since we are in crunch time, and well, Christmas is so soon, I thought I’d bring you the easiest recipe ever. And it only takes 12 minutes, start to finish, not including the time it takes for the oven to preheat. If you are doing some holiday entertaining and realize you need a last minute appetizer, I am here to save you today.
If you are looking for a good baked brie recipe, or a great last minute appetizer, your guests will love this easy recipe!