Recreating Chef John’s Grilled Cheese
Who doesn’t love grilled cheese? I think everyone does. Even though I grew up and live in India I knew and loved grilled cheese sandwiches. It was really a treat tucking into that buttery and crispy bread with the ooey gooey cheesy center. It’s what dreams are made off. We would dip ours in tomato ketchup. But it was only through Chef John from Foodwishes.com that I discovered the inside out grilled cheese.
Now Chef John is a legend in the Youtube culinary world and a huge inspiration of mine. This grilled cheese video of his has over 10 million views. I just knew I had to make my version of it. I mean don’t get me wrong the original is the original but I just knew this would be a good dish to make. Honestly the only real difference between his and what I did was me being more generous with the butter and making two versions.
One with regular bread and one with sourdough. Anyway, enjoy!
Grilled Cheese on Sourdough
I think sourdough bread has made a huge comeback. And I for one am glad that it did because it’s the most honest form of bread if you ask me. It has a distinct taste and it digests well. Also it TASTES GREAT! My wife Deepti often makes sourdough at home and she has her own starter as well. But for this recipe since she was busy I used some store bought sourdough. I’m glad that India finally has a bunch of different folks making sourdough bread so it’s not hard to get.
Anyway the sourdough version has a bit more bite because of the texture of the bread and it’s got that hint of sourness. It’s definitely not like the grilled cheese of my childhood, it’s more refined and fine dining. So which is better? Well depends on what I’m craving and when I’m craving it.
Nutrition Info (Per serving)
Well look, it’s probably best you forget about the calories when you eat this and don’t eat it too often. But having said that we can do a few rough calculations. Two slices of bread, at least the ones I used are anywhere from 100-150 calories for 2 slices. Cheese I used about 50g in total which is about 200 calories. About 20-30g of butter has gone into it so that’s another 200 calories there. We’re looking at 500-550 calories for one sandwich.
That’s why I say it’s better to just not think about it but it is good to understand how high in calories it can be. Of course if you can manage with 1 tbsp of butter instead you drop 100 calories right away but frankly speaking, why? Just eat the damn thing and go for a 60minute walk later.
Okay so I did it anyway.
I finally did calculate the macros. You can get the recipe on myfitnesspal. It’s basically 418 calories, 25g carbs, 29g fat and 15g protein. Not terrible but this is with my local white bread which is 45g in weight for 2 slices and only about 100 calories. I’m sure most other commercially available bread is much bigger so if each slice of yours is about 50g in weight then it will be about 518 calories. If you use more cheese or butter than specified then it will also be way more calories. But seriously, eat it once in a while and enjoy it without any guilt.