Wasabi Muenster Grilled Cheese

Wasabi Muenster Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Wasabi Muenster Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Sometimes all you want in life is the comfort of a cozy grilled cheese sandwich. While hitting up the local Charlotte South End Food Truck Friday, I happened upon a food truck called “Papi Queso” where they specialize in unusual grilled cheese sandwiches. I have now tried three of them: The Pizza Blanca, which is   a grilled cheese version of a white pizza with ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, and herbs; the Mushroom Gruyere featuring Gruyere cheese, truffle robiola, leek confit and roasted mushrooms; and my favorite one, the inspiration for the sandwich you see above, is their Little Green Muenster: Muenster cheese, avocado, baby spinach, and a Wasabi Horseradish sauce. One bite of that sandwich and I nearly melted right where I sat.

Wasabi Muenster Grilled Cheese Sandwich

I went to Food Truck Friday again 2 weeks later and got another one. And after I consumed that, melted on the grass, and then successfully peeled myself back off the ground, I debated about getting back in line to get another one. See, I’m not the only one who loves those sandwiches. There were like 100 people in line in front of me, no exaggeration. So I gave up on my gluttonous expedition and decided to save the indulgence for another time.

Attempting to recreate the recipe was perfect for this week because, in case you haven’t seen it, Cupcake is FAMOUS now!… perhaps a tiny over exaggeration, but thanks to the wonders of sharing on Facebook, a bunch of my friends let me know that Cupcake appears in a Huffington Post video compilation of the cutest “micro pigs.” Here’s the video! She appears at 1:15 bathing in the koi pond:

Something pretty funny is that my sister, Sarah, shared the video to my page just because it was a compilation of mini pigs and then after re-watching it noticed how much one pig looked like Cupcake and that she could hear ducks quacking in the background… and THEN she saw my name at the bottom and did an “OMG! That’s really Cupcake!”

So in celebration of Cupcake’s new-found fame, I bring you this delightful Wasabi Muenster Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Now, I made some variations to the sandwich because I knew the general ingredients, but of course I don’t know the horseradish sauce they use or the bread they use, and because I’m obsessed with avocado I wanted this thing to be absolutely packed with so many avocado slices that the bread could barely stay on right.

Wasabi Muenster Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Look at how I succeeded at that! The top slice of bread kept wanting to slide off while I took photos. Success! Success I say!

But here it is, my own version, inspired by Papi Queso’s Little Green Muenster… And mine comes with a Greek Yogurt Wasabi “Mayo”. Yum!

Wasabi Muenster Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Ingredients:

For Wasabi Mayo:

(Makes enough for 1 Sandwich)

  • 2 tsp. Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tsp. Wasabi Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. White Vinegar
  • Pinch of Sea Salt

In a small bowl, mix all ingredients together thoroughly. Use immediately (can be stored in the refrigerator for a day, covered)

Greek Yogurt Wasabi MayoFor Sandwich:

  • 1 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Slices of a nice, crusty bread (like French or Italian Loaf)
  • 2-3 Slices  Muenster Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Baby Spinach
  • 1/4 Avocado, Sliced
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  • Wasabi Mayo (recipe above)

Spread Wasabi Mayo on the inside of each bread slice. On one slice of bread, spread spinach leaves evenly. Top with avocado slices and a pinch of sea salt. Place Muenster slices on top, and finally top with the other slice of bread.

In a skillet over low heat, melt a 1/2 Tbsp. pat of butter and place sandwich on top. Swirl sandwich around to absorb the butter and cook for about 4 minutes or until bread is golden brown, and then flip, using another 1/2 Tbsp. pat of butter for this new side.

Wasabi Muenster Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Cook for another 4 minutes or until the other side is golden brown and cheese is melted. You may continue to flip the sandwich if cheese is taking a little bit longer to melt, just don’t burn your bread!

Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt and serve!

Wasabi Muenster Grilled Cheese Sandwich

 

Wasabi Muenster Grilled Cheese
 
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This Wasabi Muenster Sandwich will knock your socks off! With delicately creamy muenster, ripe avocado, spinach, and a nice wasabi kick.
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Recipe type: Sandwich
Serves: 1
Ingredients
For Wasabi Mayo:
  • 2 tsp. Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tsp. Wasabi Powder
  • ½ tsp. White Vinegar
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
For Sandwich
  • 1 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Slices of a nice, crusty bread (like French or Italian Loaf)
  • 2-3 Slices Muenster Cheese
  • ½ Cup Baby Spinach
  • ¼ Avocado, Sliced
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  • Wasabi Mayo (recipe above)
Instructions
For Wasabi Mayo:
  1. In a small bowl, mix all ingredients together thoroughly. Use immediately (can be stored in the refrigerator for a day, covered)
For Sandwich
  1. Spread Wasabi Mayo on the inside of each bread slice. On one slice of bread, spread spinach leaves evenly. Top with avocado slices and a pinch of sea salt. Place Muenster slices on top, and finally top with the other slice of bread.
  2. In a skillet over low heat, melt a ½ Tbsp. pat of butter and place sandwich on top. Swirl sandwich around to absorb the butter and cook for about 4 minutes or until bread is golden brown, and then flip, using another ½ Tbsp. pat of butter for this new side.
  3. Cook for another 4 minutes or until the other side is golden brown and cheese is melted. You may continue to flip the sandwich if cheese is taking a little bit longer to melt, just don't burn your bread!
  4. Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt and serve!

 

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2 Responses to “Wasabi Muenster Grilled Cheese”

  1. tanyakristine
    October 15, 2014 at 6:56 pm #

    weird segue about the sandwich and Cupcake. i still don’t get it…

    • October 16, 2014 at 11:01 am #

      Ah, you know… Any excuse to eat a grilled cheese sandwich!

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