If you’re thinking, “Dang, Kare, that sandwich looks like a hot mess!” Well then, I have to agree. It really kind of is.
But you know what? This Cranberry, Pear, & Brie Grilled Cheese one seriously mouth-watering hot mess. Melty, sweet-with-the-salty, ooey, buttery, crunchy, gooey … yeah, it’s worth an extra napkin or two.
I know how fortunate I am to be able to stay at home with my baby for her first year. I wouldn’t have it any other way. But the whole “stay at home mom” thing is a bit of a misnomer, as I pretty much can’t handle staying at home for more than a day.
Maybe it was because I was holed up for months on end during a tough pregnancy, then housebound shortly after she came along as I nursed my broken ankle (stairs, hyped-up dogs, yeah, fun). It’s like I accumulated this debt of cabin fever over the past year-and-a-half, and I have to repay it by getting out of the house with Miss Thing pretty much every single day.
It’s good for me, and she loves it too. We go to music classes, parent-baby groups, library story times … and occasionally, now that she’s eating solids, we enjoy a little lady’s lunch together, just her and I.
It was during one such lunch that I discovered the made-for-each-other combination of chipotle peppers, butternut squash, and pepper jack cheese.
Please, walk away right now if you don’t like cheese. Seriously, if you’re a hater of melty, gooey goodness, you best leave. Stop reading, hit that little X in the upper right hand corner.
Still with me? Yeah, I thought so. I’m still here too. Sigh … what can I say. Beautiful cheese … it’s a weakness. A glorious weakness.
Today I’ve got something super, duper cheesy. Ridiculously cheesy. Almost too cheesy. And garlicky and herby, too. It’s a grilled cheese sandwich modeled after white pizza. White Pizza Grilled Cheese.