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Using baked cheese to make breadless grilled cheese sandwiches

This being National Grilled Cheese Month, I felt it incumbent on me to participate by contributing my own flair of cheesy madness to the celebration.  Being a low carber though, (Down with wheat!) I needed to concoct a method to grill something either gluten-free or without the bread.  Thank God for the internet, where the dudes at Dude Foods paved the way for me to experience the full, eternal wonders of grilled cheese.

Though I am but a mere apprentice, and not the master of heart stopping eats, I couldn’t think of a better time than Easter weekend to experiment and consume 1,500+ calories of glorious, glorious CHEESE.  Here are the necessary ingredients (which oddly enough, includes cheese):

Juusto and Brun-uusto Baked Cheeses

Juusto and Brun-uusto Baked Cheeeeeeeses.

The solution to the breadless cheese sammich is to acquire baked cheeses called juustoleipä, or roughly translated, “Finnish Squeak Toys made from Cheese.”  I got these for reasonable prices at the Wisconsin Cheese Mart, including an Italian flavored block so I could make the $20 minimum purchase amount.  Amazon had similar prices but the shipping was insane, easily $25-$30 for a $5 block of cheese.  Yeah, no.  Definitely better off getting it straight from the source.  There’s also another brand called Carr Valley Cheese, but the prices were higher, so I’ll save that for another time.  Occasionally Whole Foods might offer these baked cheeses as well, so if you’re an avid fan of organic goodies, that’s another place worth checking out for some cheesy fun.

Brun-uusto Cheese and American Cheese Slices

I’m thinking 10 slices of American cheese should do it.

While setting a stick free pan on medium heat, I carefully sliced the Brun-uusto here in half, placed a few slices of American cheese in between, and slapped it all on the pan,  where it sautéed in butter for just a couple of minutes on each side.  (I would have taken some pictures here, but I was too busy using the fire extinguisher.)

I also reserved a small block of the Bru-uusto and cut that up in chunks for a side snack.  You can use a toothpick and dip them in coffee (yes, really, coffee!)  Excellente.

Baked Cheese, Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Couldn’t help taking a bite first.

The entire cooking experiment didn’t take more than five minutes.  It works as a leftover too, as you can re-heat it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds and the baked cheese will still hold its form.  WINNING!

I’ll save the Juustos for another day, maybe try a combination of provolone, swiss and asiago and see how that comes out.

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