Monday, August 1, 2011

Easy Vegetarian Camping Recipe: Curried Grilled Cheese

I was standing by the camp stove one day with a nearly-full bottle of curry powder in one hand and a crusty, old spatula in the other. "Want a curried grilled cheese sandwich?" I asked my seven year old. "OK," he said. "But just a little curry, OK?" "Sure," I said."Just a little." and then I dumped about a truckload of curry onto his sandwich.

You can guess the rest! He loved it! He loved his yummy, weird, super-curried grilled cheese sandwich! And I got to eat the crusts.

The secret to this festive and slightly fancy sandwich is that curry, while flavorful, isn't very hot-spicy. And melted cheese - delicious, bland melted cheese - is the perfect vehicle for the curry.  It's personality without the aggression. And really, what's better than that?

Curried grilled cheese every day! And twice on Sunday!

Grilled Cheese and Curry

Serves: 1

2 slices of bread - any kind will do. In fact, any kind will be perfect.
2 slices of cheese – a bland, white cheese is a nice foil for the curry. A vegan cheese works great here, too, as long as it's the kind that melts.
curry powder
butter or vegan butter
salt & pepper

1.  Melt 1 T. of butter in a skillet, and add one slice of bread.
2.  Lay both slices of cheese on the bread.
3.  Sprinkle the cheese with 1 tor 2 t. of curry powder.
4.  Butter the 2nd slice of bread, and lay it butter-side down on the sandwich in the skillet.
5.  When browned on the bottom, flip the sandwich. Cover the skillet and let the sandwich brown and the cheese melt.

•  Try with sliced tomatoes or thinly sliced scallions. Very nice indeed.

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