A proper grilled cheese needs more than one kind of cheese—pumpkin soup optional
Just one kind of cheese won’t cut it for Vania Romoff’s grilled cheese. There has to be three, plus silky pumpkin soup on the side
Jul 31, 2020
What’s not to love about grilled cheese? It’s crispy with melted cheese and takes only a few minutes to prepare. I personally like mine with a sprinkle of cumin and a dash of hot sauce and with tomato soup overflowing with fresh basil to dip it in.
Really, there’s no one way to prepare or eat this classic comfort food—but I still won’t accept that burnt grilled cheese that Andy’s boyfriend in “The Devil Wears Prada” movie made her.
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It took us 12 episodes of Nolisoli.ph Comfort Kitchen to arrive at what is perhaps the most quintessential comfort food: grilled cheese. Designer @vaniaromoff likes hers with three kinds of cheese and lots (and lots) of butter. She also toasts her bread on either side before stacking it with cheese to get an optimal crunch in every bite (genius!). And you know what pairs well with grilled cheese? A silky smooth and slightly spicy pumpkin soup—Vania has a recipe for that, too. Nolisoli Comfort Kitchen comes out Monday and Thursday nights on our IGTV. #NSComfortKitchen #nolisoliph
For designer Vania Romoff, it has to have more than one kind of cheese. She uses mozzarella for that magical pull, cheddar for sharpness and havarti for creaminess.
Another non-negotiable for her is butter—lots and lots of it. After all, butter helps give the bread a nice char not to mention a creaminess to complement the umami of cheese.
She also offers a pro tip. Don’t assemble your sandwich prior to grilling. Grill both sides—buttered, of course—on a buttered pan until your desired brownness is achieved. Only then should you layer the cheeses and assemble then grill a little more to melt the cheese.
Vania’s three-cheese grilled cheese is not complete without pumpkin soup: sauteed and spiced pumpkin that’s cooked in rich broth and cream. The finishing touch is pulsing the mixture to achieve a silky smooth consistency. The result is a creamy, velvety and hearty soup to go with your grilled cheese.
How do you like your grilled cheese?
Nolisoli Comfort Kitchen comes out Monday and Thursday nights on our IGTV.
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