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Garlic Basil Grilled Cheese

There are sooo many things that can be done with grilled cheese, but THE BEST combination is garlic, basil, & muenster cheese.  When muenster melts, it becomes super stringy–one of the defining features of a magnificent grilled cheese.  Some tomato slices or a few caramelized onions and mushrooms are also a nice addition, if you have them on hand.

INGREDIENTS:

1 T butter
2 slices Buttery Beer Bread (or any bread)
1 T minced garlic (I use jar garlic–I know, how faux pas!)
3 basil leaves, depending on size
2 slices muenster cheese

DIRECTIONS:

In a non-stick skillet, melt 1/2 T butter over medium heat.  Roll it around in the pan so it covers the same area your bread will.  Atop this buttery goodness, proceed to construct the following masterpiece:

LAYER 1: Buttery Beer Bread (bottom slice)
LAYER 2: 1 slice cheddar cheese
LAYER 3: 1 T minced garlic–spread it over the cheese with a spoon
LAYER 4: basil leaves
LAYER 5: 1 slice muenster cheese
LAYER 6: Buttery Beer Bread slice (top slice)

Apply a lid to the skillet, so the cheese melts as desired.  When the first side approaches a crispy golden brown, toss in the remaining 1/2 T of butter.  When it melts completely, scoop up the sandwich with a spatula, distribute the melted butter as described in the first step, and plop the sandwich back into the buttery delight–uncooked side down, of course.  Replace the lid, if cheese needs more melting urgency.

Cook until bread becomes a crispy golden-brown.  Remove from heat and transfer to plate.  Slice at an angle.

Have a beer, and serve sandwich with Vegetarian Chili, tomato soup, or your favorite salad.

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