Nine More Months: Carne Asada Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Carne Asada Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Happy National Grilled Cheese Day!

How would you like to celebrate with one of these?

The idea for this tasty creation was actually inspired by a visit to the sample table at my Trader Joe's store. They were demoing "Flat Bread Tacos," which was essentially little flat breads topped with Carne Asada, arugula and a dollop of a sour cream and taco seasoning mixture. When Tillamook Cheese invited me to join in on their Grilled Cheese Recipepalooza, I knew I had to turn those yummy tacos into an even yummier sandwich.

And I succeeded.

Wanna try it for yourself?

What you need:

What to do:

First things first, cook your meat. If you don't have a Trader Joe's near you, check with wherever you buy your meat for a thinly sliced Carne Asada-seasoned beef. Most places should have it. Cook according to the package directions. I cooked mine on the George Foreman and it didn't take very long at all. While it's cooking, mix your taco seasoning with your sour cream. Start with half of the package and mix well. Add more to taste. If you just dump the entire packet in it may be a bit strong.

Once you have your sour cream mixed and your Carne Asada cooked, it's time to assemble. Slice your meat very very thinly against the grain. You don't want big chunks in your sandwich. Grab two slices of bread and butter one side of each slice. Put your bread butter side down in your hot pan and place a slice of cheese on each. I like to cover my pan and let the cheese melt a bit. When your cheese is nice and melted, sprinkle your Carne Asada on to one slice of bread. Add a dollop of your sour cream mixture and a handful of arugla to the same slice. Place your other slice on top and press down with a spatula. Your bread should be nice and golden brown by this point, but if it isn't, let it cook a little longer until it is.

As for the taste test, I tried it out on my arugula-hating husband and he loved it! We split the sandwich, and after I finished my half I was a little sad that I didn't have any more. I will be making this again in the future. It would also be a great way to use up leftover Carne Asada too!

In honor of National Grilled Cheese Day, share your favorite grilled cheese recipe in the comments!

Disclaimer: Tillamook gave me some free cheese to try out my favorite recipe for their recipe collection. I was not required to write my own blog post, nor was I compensated in any other way. The other ingredients were purchased on my own.


Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

Seriously, who DOESN'T love grilled cheese?! That's like....u-American! Lol

And there are so many ways you can prepare one-I'm DEFINITELY going to have to try this way; I LOVE me some greens in my foods :)

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Heidi said...

I love changing up my grilled cheese sandwiches! thanks for the recipe!