Rainy Day Grilled Cheese

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

Those sandwiches can’t wait to be dipped.

I love rain.  The sound of it slapping against the roof, the thunder booming in the distance – it’s relaxing, and it makes me want to eat.  Grilled cheese and tomato soup is, as far as I’m concerned, a staple of the American diet.  Growing up, it was one of my favorite rainy day lunches (along with peanut butter sandwiches and spaghettiOs – another post, another day).  So, it’s become something of a comfort food for me.

A few years ago, I stumbled on a recipe for “Grilled Cheese Dippers and Spicy Tomato Soup.” It’s a refreshing change – and it makes me feel a little more adult.  It’s messy, especially if you dip the sandwich in the soup – and that’s the whole point – but it’s okay to be messy on a rainy day.

Here’s what you need (for the sandwiches):

  • A loaf of french bread
  • 1 can condensed southwest-style pepper jack soup (or nacho cheese goo, if you can’t find the soup)
  • 8 ounces of shredded Mexican cheese
  • Butter
  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 pan

Here’s what you need (for the soup):

  • 1 can of condensed tomato soup
  • 1 can of condensed cheddar cheese soup
  • 3 cups spicy tomato juice (V8 is cheapest and easiest to find)
  • 2 teaspoons of hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil (optional)
  • 1 pot

Here’s what to do:

Step 1) Combine all the soup ingredients in the pot and set over low-ish heat.  Hot sauce is optional, but I like to put in lots.

Step 2) In a mixing bowl, combine 1 can of condensed pepper jack soup with 8 oz of shredded Mexican cheese.

Step 3) Cut the french bread into 1/2 inch thick slices.  Butter the outside pieces of bread and place them in the pan over medium heat.  It should take a few minutes for each side.  When they are toasted and the cheese is hot, you’re ready to eat.

Step 4) Dip and eat.

Delicious Grilled Cheese

Delicious Grilled Cheese

Next time a storm rolls into town, whip out this recipe and get to cooking.  It’s really easy, and you’ll feel all warm and gooey inside.

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