In Which a Grilled Cheese Sandwich Gets an Upgrade…

A wee beastie of a toastie

A wee beastie of a toastie

Grilled cheese sandwiches (also known as cheese toasties) are a classic comfort food whether eaten on their own or together with a bowl of creamy tomato soup.  The basic formula is just that – incredibly basic: slices of cheese, often supermarket processed cheese food, slipped between two slices of squishy white bread, pressed flat, and fried in butter till brown and crisp on both sides.  It is a feast for the famished, comfort for the down at heart, and a treat for those seeking simple but scrumptious sustenance.

The grilled cheese sarnie has become popular fare of late at many local gastropubs and taverns where a two-sandwich platter can easily set you back a whopping P 250.00 – a price which, really, seems to be a tad much most of the time.  I would understand the price if what I got in my sarnie was a posh mix of imported European cheeses or artisanal North American and Australian provender.  But, alas: most of the time, these fancy sandwiches taste like they were made with Kraft or Bega slices from the supermarket dairy case!

Fortunately, there is a more reasonably priced alternative for those of us who crave for grilled cheese but are far from the comfort of our home kitchens: 7-Eleven’s three-cheese toasted sandwich.  Part of the recently-introduced Crisp Bite line of toasted sandwiches, the three-cheese features three cheeses from Danish dairy company Emborg: specifically Cheddar, Havarti, and rosemary-speckled cream cheese.

You can have the counter staff pop your sarnie into a jaffle maker/sandwich press and wait four minutes to get your nosh on, but I’d rather buy mine for takeaway because…

Have panini grill, will travel

Have panini grill, will travel

…there’s a panini press in the pantry of my new workplace!  That way, I can get my sarnies nice and hot whenever I want ’em.

The sandwich doesn’t look like much when you take it out of the packet: pappy white bread filled with cheese and slicked thickly with butter on one side.  But chuck it into the grill, clamp it shut, and leave it alone for about four minutes tops – et voila!

Nice and golden

Nice and golden

You get a crisp-crusted, not-too-salty sandwich that tastes absolutely rich and delightful: you get the sweet, nutty smoothness of the Havarti against the sharpness of the Cheddar.  The creamy and herby nuances of the cream cheese bring them all together into a satisfying whole.  Oh, and have I mentioned how gorgeously oozy the cheese gets?

So good...

So good…

Best of all, these are just a measly P 35.00 apiece (P 59.00 if you get a drink to wash it down with).  It’s the perfect snack or breakfast sarnie to put a smile on your face.  😉