Friday, October 29, 2010

Grilled cheese tomato sandwich: Beginner Series

Here goes my second post for the beginner series that I started last month. Though I have an electric griller, I always prefer to grill these sandwiches on my griddle/tawa/kavali. 


I know most of my cousins (including my brother, sister) prefer these without garlic. So, if you do not want to use garlic butter, go ahead & use the plain butter instead. This sandwich tastes great either ways :)
Serves: 1
Preparation time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 2-3 mins

Ingredients: (For 2 sandwiches)

Wholewheat bread slices: 4 nos (White bread could also be used)
Finely chopped tomatoes: 3 tbsp (1.5tbsp for each sandwich)
Shredded/Grated cheddar cheese: 2 tbsp (1tbsp for each sandwich)
Butter: 1 tsp
Garlic: 1 pod (minced)
Salt: According to taste
Mixed & dried herbs: 1/2 tsp (1/4th tsp or a dash for each sandwich) 
Pepper powder: 2 big pinches (1 for each sandwich)




Method:

  • Mix the butter & the minced garlic & keep them aside. 
  • Take a slice of the bread. Spread the finely chopped tomato(1.5tbsp) on the bread.
  • Sprinkle the salt, pepper & dried herbs.
  • Spread the cheese on top of the tomatoes.
  • Take another slice of bread & place it on top of the cheese.
  • Heat the griddle. When the griddle is medium hot, add few drops of garlic butter to the griddle. Reduce the heat. (The sandwich must be grilled on a low heat).
  • Place the sandwich on the garlic butter & let it brown for a minute. Repeat the same for the other side of the sandwich too.
  • Repeat the above steps for another sandwich. Cut them & serve them hot with a dip of your choice.

Notes:
Garlic butter enhances the taste of the sandwich. If you do not prefer them with garlic, go ahead & add normal butter. 
If you cannot find mixed herbs, then add finely chopped coriander leaves or mint leaves. These leaves add a nice flavor too.