What is an American food? I guess most people would think of apple pie, right? I think that what you define as an American food is dependent upon your American life.
In my little American life, my siblings and I grew up coming home from kindergarten to grilled cheese sandwiches, hot dogs, or macaroni and cheese. We also sat down to dinner every single weeknight. My dad insisted on having a salad at every meal.
As our lives got filled with after school activities in high school, our daily meals always ranged from a home cooked meal to fast food after whatever sporting event we were jetting home from. It is hard to define an American food.
Being of Polish and German/Irish/Swedish descent, we were exposed to a lot of different foods ranging from pickled herring to sauerkraut and pierogis to golabki (pronounced gah-wump-kee and is basically stuffed cabbage).
So many people have come here from all over the world to start a better life. They bring with them the food they love and share it with their future generations. Even though America in an election season can be a little frustrating, it is still a blessed life we lead in this country. And it’s all thanks to our Grandparents/Great Grandparents that brought our families here.
So now, why all this America talk you ask? Well a fellow food blogger and chef/writer/extraordinaire Phoebe for Feed Me Phoebe is taking part in Jamie Oliver’s new cooking show. The show is called Chef Race: UK vs US and it is premiering tonight on BBC America.
In order to root all her other chef-testants on, Phoebe is hosting a virtual potluck on her blog along with an amazing giveaway. I was so happy to contribute with one of the first dishes I ever learned to cook for myself, grilled cheese. Clearly, I adultified it with a really sharp cheddar, bacon, and slices of fresh tomatoes.
I know I probably don’t have to tell all you Americans how to make a grilled cheese, but just in case….
Grilled Cheese with Bacon & Tomato
- 4 Slices of Cooked Bacon
- 2 Cups Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- 4 Slices of Tomato
- 4 Slices of Thick-Cut Bread
- Cook bacon until crispy. My favorite way to cook bacon is on a baking sheet lined with tin foil, baked in the oven at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes.
- Slice a tomato.
- Shred the sharp cheddar using a box grater.
- Butter one side of each slice of the bread.
- Layer a little bit of cheese, bacon, and more cheese on one unbuttered side of the bread slice. On the other slices unbuttered side, layer a little bit of cheese, two tomato slices, and more cheese.
- Heat a griddle or large skillet over medium heat. Add the slices, buttered side down. Cover with a lid or tinfoil tent and cook for five minutes. Then carefully, place the two sides together for a sandwich and cook for another two minutes on each side.