Grilled Cheese With A Grown-up Twist

Day 80: “Bobby Flay’s Throwdown

March 21, 2011

I swear this will be the last panini like sandwich for at least a week.  The chapter in the cookbook was called grilled cheese…..I never dreamed it would be a panini….ok, maybe I did. Is anyone counting how many paninis I have made in the last month? I can’t count that far! Why so many paninis you might be asking.  Well let me tell you because they are hot and fast! Some nights standing in the kitchen just is not an option.

Bobby Flay’s show on the Food Network is fun to watch. Usually the contestant in the throw down is taken totally by surprise. Really? I would suspect if I was the best at something and the Food Network called and wanted to do a show about you, I would question if Bobby Flay is going to show up. The cookbook is full of beautiful recipes each with a picture. Lovely cookbook but I was looking for the easiest thing in the cookbook and it couldn’t have 30 ingredients, yeah it was that kind of day. But if you want some cool recipes, have fun with this cookbook!

The Ruling: Everyone ate it….because they could put in what they wanted to. Just a few of us had the avocado. I liked the mayonnaise/balsamic spread, and in fact put a little more on my sandwich! Should there be any surprise that we used our panini press instead of a griddle?

The Calvert, page 156


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 5inch round or square pieces rosemary focaccia, split
  • Vegetable oil or butter, for the griddle
  • 10 slices Monterey Jack cheese
  • 8 ounces sliced oven-roasted turkey
  • 4 slices applewood-smoked bacon, cooked until crisp
  • 1 avocado, halved and thinly sliced


  1. Preheat a griddle to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine the mayonnaise and vinegar in a small bowl. Spread 1 tablespoon on each cut side of the focaccia.
  3. Add a little oil to the griddle. Place the focaccia, mayonnaise side up, on the griddle. Put 2 slices of cheese on top of each piece of bread, and cover with a heatproof bowl to melt the cheese.
  4. Meanwhile, divide the turkey into 2 portions and put on the griddle to warm. Place the bacon slices in an “X” over each portion, and cover with the avocado and remaining cheese. Once the cheese is melted all around, put a mound of turkey on 2 bottom halves, and top with the remaining bread.
  5. Add a bit more oil to the griddle and press the sandwiches with a cast-iron pan or other heavy thing, turning once, until the bread is crisp on both sides.

To Joyful, Simplified Living,

MS. Simplicity

MS. Simplicity, also known as Melissa Schmalenberger  operates her business as I Did it with MS. Simplicity.  She is a Professional Organizer based out of Fargo, ND and her website can be found at .  Need to contact MS. Simplicity privately, you can email her at  For daily organizing tips find the MS. Simplicity fan page  here.

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Filed under Fast Meals, Main Dishes

4 responses to “Grilled Cheese With A Grown-up Twist

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  3. OMG this looks amazing! So yummy I want to try making this!!!

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