If you've never tried grilled cheese using cream cheese, you haven't lived yet. This cream cheese grilled cheese recipe is made with slices of fresh juicy tomatoes and topped with crispy salty bacon. It is the perfect appetizer to serve at brunch!
8ozcheddar jack or cheddar or Monterey jack cheese
½cuproasted red peppers, chopped
¼cupfreshly chopped basil
Open your cream cheese and place it on a microwave safe dish. Pop it in the microwave to soften for 10-20 seconds.
Shred or grate your cheddar cheese and set aside.
Set out your basil, chopped peppers, garlic powder, onion powder, cream cheese and bread so you can quickly assemble your sandwiches.
Spread 1 ounce of cream cheese onto each slice of bread.
Add about 2 tablespoon of the red peppers, 1 tablespoon of basil and 2 ounces of cheddar cheese to one side of each sandwich. (4 total slices)
Sprinkle the garlic and onion powder onto the sandwiches. Use as much or as little as you like.
Close your sandwiches. You should have 4.
Melt your butter in the microwave and brush 1 tablespoon onto each side of each sandwich.
Preheat a skillet or saucepan and add your sandwiches over medium heat. (Don't have your heat too high.) Flip after a few minutes. You are looking for the cheese to be fully melted and the bread to be golden brown. Once your cheese is melted, you can turn the heat up to brown the exterior.
Allow grilled cheese to cool on a wire rack to keep them crispy. Wait a few minutes before cutting. Enjoy!
Yield: 4 sandwichesYou can tweak this recipe any way you wish. If you just want to use cream cheese, you can.
Other cheese options- Mozzarella, gruyere, gouda, Colby and fontina are all great melting cheeses.
Add or use other herbs like thyme or parsley.
Swap out the roasted red peppers for roasted tomatoes, sun dried or fresh. (If using fresh tomatoes, make sure you don't use the seeds as it will make your sandwich watery.)
Spread mayonnaise instead or in addition to the butter.
Add freshly chopped chives, scallions or caramelized onions.