Grilled cheese sandwiches aren’t uncommon in our household, not at all. They’re easy and good and that’s all you can ask for. But, sometimes I just gotta mix things up. Not crazy mix things up, but crazy good mix things up. The filling in these crab grilled cheese sandwiches is just like a good crab salad. It just needs a little ‘help’, and that comes in the form of melted oooey gooey Swiss cheese on crispy golden bread. A nice crunch then creamy salad and cheese. Perfect.
The crab salad inside these crab grilled cheese sandwiches is actually quite good and simple. It’d also be perfect inside appetizer sandwiches. Ya know, the fancy ones they serve at teas.
Also try my mushroom grilled cheese sandwich.
Crab Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 sandwiches
- 6 ounces lump crab meat picked over for shells
- 2 tablespoons plus more, perhaps mayonnaise
- 4 tablespoons chopped green onions
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 4 slices bread I used 6 small slices of Vienna bread
- 4 slices Swiss cheese
- 1 tablespoon butter
In a bowl combine the crab, mayonnaise, green onions, lemon zest and pepper.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat or turn a panini press on high.
Slather one side of each piece of bread with butter.
Lay two slices of bread-butter side down in the skillet or onto the panini press.
Add a slice of cheese to each, then divide the crab mixture between them.
Add remaining slice of cheese to each and top with other piece of bread, butter-side up.
Fry until golden brown on the bottom then flip and fry on the other side until done, or close your press and cook until nice and golden brown.
Remove from skillet or panini press and slice and serve.
These grilled open-faced beef, cheese and gravy sandwiches just blew us away. Cooked over charcoal, the sandwiches take on a lovely light smoky flavor. The beef is tender, juicy and packed with flavor. Covered in a tasty beef gravy, every bite is just fantastic. Served over thick, hearty grilled bread, it’s the sandwich you’ve been looking for.
There’s nothing I would really change about this recipe. It’s a great alternative to cooking your usual burgers on the grill. You could make this with ground turkey, I would think, though you might have to add a little fat (vegetable oil) to keep the turkey from getting too tough when seared.
This is yet another brilliant recipe from the BBQ Pit Boys.
Also try my open-faced turkey sandwiches.
Grilled Open-Faced Beef, Cheese and Gravy Sandwiches
You'll need a large cast iron skillet. Remember to not grab the skillet handle without a heat-proof glove once you've placed it onto the grill.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 cup sweet onion chopped (about 1 large onion)
- 1 14-ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
- 1 4-ounce can roasted diced chiles
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 2 teaspoons your favorite BBQ rub
- 8 slices Pepper Jack cheese
- 4 slices large thick-cut bread I used a rustic ciabatta
For the beef gravy
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2 cups beef broth
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon water
Fire up your grill for direct and indirect cooking. Charcoal is definitely best for this recipe.
Form the beef into equal-sized patties.
Sear over direct heat on both sides, but do not cook all the way. Remove from heat and place in a large bowl.
Add the onion, tomatoes, chiles, Italian seasoning and rub. Use a potato masher or fork to combine all ingredients and break the ground beef into chunks.
Place a large cast iron pan on your grill over indirect heat.
Add the meat mixture and spread out evenly. Use a spatula or the back of a large spoon to lightly compact the meat into the pan.
Cook for 20 minutes or until the beef is cooked and most of the liquid has evaporated.
Top mixture with the cheese slices, cover and cook another 2-3 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
Remove the pan from the grill. Lightly toast the bread slices on the grill.
Serve meat over the bread topped with the beef gravy.
For the beef gravy
Add a small skillet to the grill over direct heat. Add the butter and melt.
Add the beef broth. Bring to a boil.
Add the butter to the skillet and melt.
Add 1 1/2 cups of broth. Bring to a boil.
Combine the flour and water in a cup and whisk into the beef broth.
Continue stirring until the gravy is thickened. Remove from heat.
I’ve been inspired lately by my bread making expertise. Ok, not really. But I have been really happy with how great my last few loaves have turned out, like this bread machine jalapeno cheese bread. I make the dough in my bread machine, then roll it out, shape it, and let it rise again. Finally, into the oven and done! I’ve proven to myself too many times before that I should not make dough by hand. I let the bread machine do it. Like this jalapeno cheese bread. Not too spicy, and not too cheesy, but just right and the perfect texture for sandwiches.
I think you could substitute just about anything for the jalapenos and the cheese in your bread machine jalapeno cheddar bread. Chopped roasted poblanos and pepper jack cheese would make for a great combination. As would diced green chiles (drained very well first) and Monterey jack cheese. The options are pretty much endless. Just don’t use any ingredients that are extremely moist.
Also try my bread machine garlic herb pepperoni bread and my Italian herb bread.
Bread Machine Jalapeno Cheese Bread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 1 loaf
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese diced (I used shredded)
- 3 medium jalapenos seeded, diced
- 3 cups bread flour
- 1/2 tablespoon active dry yeast
Place ingredients into your bread machine in the order listed.
Select the dough cycle and let the machine do its job.
Lightly flour a work surface and add the dough. Punch down to flatten.
Use a rolling pin to shape the dough into a rectangle the width of your bread pan. Lightly oil the bread pan.
Roll the dough up into a tight log. Seal the seam and ends tightly and transfer to your bread pan.
Cover loosely with plastic wrap and place in a warm place to rise, doubling in size, about one hour.
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Bake bread for 30 minutes or until the bread has a nice crust on it.
Remove to a wire rack to cook slightly before slicing and serving.