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In my time at university I ate a lot, watched a lot and learnt a little….just joking I didn’t eat that much. Anyway whilst I was there I discovered a delicious little sandwich that makes the perfect midnight and daytime snack. What sandwich is am I talking about? Well the famous Grilled Cheese sandwich of course. The first time I ever heard about this “phenomenon” was whilst watching Jersey Shore. From the way they raved on about it, I thought it must be something quite special, but maybe not too complex since a group of drunken room mates were able to make it, after a crazy night of drinking and fighting. So I took myself to the kitchen and followed the basic instructions to create this wonderful concoction. It turns out a grilled cheese sandwich truly is a wonderful concoction, full of flavour and melted cheese oozing from the hot slightly toasted bread; why hadn’t I heard of this before? Oh but I had; you see the grilled cheese is just like melted cheese on toast, or a cheese toastie; but yet it is oh so different, the grilled cheese seems to have more flavour, it is more exciting, and it has more character. This simple yet delicious snack will make your mouth water and leave you wanting more. What I love about grilled cheese sandwiches is that you can enjoy them whenever and however you like. Even your left over meat from the night before will make the perfect filling; add some tomatoes, onions or chillies, smothered in cheese and voila!!

Prep & Cooking time: 20-25 mins

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • Any meat – steak, brisket, chicken, tuna (about a handful per person)
  • 340g of Cheddar cheese (or your preferred cheese)
  • ¼ of a medium/large onion, sliced
  • Butter
  • Mayonnaise (optional)
  • 2 Slices of bread (brown or white)
  • 3 tbsps vegetable oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Method

On medium heat, in a medium sized pan heat up the oil.

Cut up your meat and onions and grate your cheese; and set them aside. If you want to, you can fry your onions until they are golden brown.

Assemble your sandwich; butter your bread, then spread some mayonnaise over the butter. Sprinkle a good amount of cheese over the mayonnaise, and add your onions and meat on top of the cheese. Once you’ve added all of your meat and onions to your sandwich, sprinkle more cheese on top and place the second slice of bread over the top. Now slice your sandwich in half and fry it, about 10 mins on each side. Make sure to turn the sandwich regularly so that it doesn’t burn.

Fry until it is brown on each side and the cheese is melted and oozing.

Serving

Serve hot with a beverage of your choice.

Kanta Temba is a Cake maker and decorator|Lusaka Times Food columnist|TV show host
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11 COMMENTS

  1. We are with you Manchester. Lusaka times grow up and show some respect. Busy posting about food Zambians cannot afford

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    • I have tried DELETE these food rubbish and showing off this girlfriend of.
      Yaa it all started OK, but now its agreeable childish. Cheese Ku Lusaka? Lusaka times with no meanun

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    • @1.1 you never make any sense, why don’t you give it up!?

      And I have no comment for the prune above you…

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  2. the haters will always be there . that means u are doing something good !!! keep it up Kanta we enjoy your recipes. and we CAN afford cheese in Zambia. if u cant then this recipe is not for you.

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  3. This all looks fatty much suited to the fat Americans….Kanta why dont you listen please promote healthy foods not this grease ball!!

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  4. Everything has to be Chicken that or Meat that. Kan’t you give us how to prepare simple healthy foods?

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  5. We are leaving in a global society and people nowadays get married or marry people of diversified nationalities. I have seen most marriages breakdown as soon as they start on account that the newly wedded wives normally do not know how to cook. FOR YOUNG GIRLS AND BACHELORS THIS IS A GOOD FORA TO LEARN A FEW TECHNIQUES IN COOKING.
    Kanta should not be discouraged by some negative remarks but should build on these comments. I have seen several menus from Kanta that are sorely traditional dishes but I like her style because she is also mixing with some foreign treats as well. Who knows, may be your daughter sister or aunt will one be married to a foreigner LIKE OUR PhD HOLDER “MUSHOTA” – then the need to know how to prepare some of these dishes will become vital in fostering their…

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  6. The sandwich is nice and simple and I, who can afford bread and cheese, will definitely try it…

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  7. The Grilled Cheese Sarnie is indeed a treat. BUT NOTE,…… NOT AT MIDNIGHT Kantaaaaaaaa!
    Cheese is hard to digest and will keep most up. The old mothers warning, Cheese at night gives you nightmare.

    Once in a while okay, but fatty. Definitely one for drunk uni students!

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