You remember grilled cheese, don’t you? You dipped it in tomato soup and shoved it into your face when you were a wee one. It was a staple during your college years, because it was cheap to make and did a good job of soaking up all that beer. I still consider it the ultimate comfort food, because it’s hard to beat a buttery, crisp grilled cheese sandwich. However, I’m a full-grown man and sometimes I find that the memory of my childhood favorites are more delicious than their present day reality. To test that theory I made a Lobster Grilled Cheese Sandwich with all the best ingredients I could get my hands on. I realize it’s just dressed up comfort food, however, once you upgrade from Kraft Singles and Wonder Bread to a Lobster Grilled Cheese Sandwich, you’ll never bother to peel the plastic off a Single again. After all, leaving it in the plastic doesn’t really change the taste does it?
Lobster Grilled Cheese Sandwich
First things first. Do I need a Lobster Grilled Cheese Sandwich recipe? Couldn’t I simply layer fresh, tender chunks of sweet lobster and gooey Havarti cheese between two slices of well-buttered, toasty bread and call it a masterpiece? After all, I love each component on its own. Well I’m sorry to say, the test run of my adult Lobster Grilled Cheese didn’t prove to have the same alchemy as the childhood version. How could that be? Shouldn’t lobster make it better?
Yes, lobster should make it better. However, good cooking (and good eating) often requires balance. Butter, cheese and lobster are so rich that I decided the sandwich might benefit from some contrast. Watercress, lemon zest and chives bring that contrast and keep this sandwich from being too much a mouthful.
There’s something else to consider. If you really want to elevate the grilled cheese sandwich, you gotta take your time. It doesn’t matter if you have a hot plate or a commercial range with all the bells and whistles. All you need is a heat source that’s neither too hot, nor to cold. Too hot and you burn the bread while the cheese stays solid. Too cold and the sandwich cooks so slowly that the bread gets dry like crackers. Lobster won’t save either of those disasters. GREG