Jann is in the kitchen today with Franklin Biggs, a widely known and well loved Chef in Birmingham. His recent bout with throat cancer and chemotherapy treatments left him without a sense of taste. How did he just open a new restaurant without tasting new dishes?
A transplanted westerner, Franklin and I get together and each prepare our own versions of the ubiquitous grilled cheese sandwich: one southern, one western.
There's nothing like setting the mood with a hot iron skillet and great kitchen aromas, to explore a little cooking philosophy.
Jann and Franklin's Fabulous grilled cheese sandwiches
8 slices Big Sky or other great whole wheat bread
1 stick butter, softened
2 TB mayonnaise
1 recipe Jann's pimento cheese spread (see recipe below)
4 oz sliced good swiss or white cheddar cheese
8 slices bacon, cooked (optional)
1/2 stick butter
Mix softened butter with mayonnaise
Make sandwiches with your choice of cheese (and bacon, if desired)
melt some of the stick of butter in a preheated cast iron pan
spread one side of sandwich with butter mixture
Place sandwich, spread side down, in melted butter when just sizzling
Spread top of sandwich with butter mixture.
Turn when brown and beautiful like Jann.
Grill other side
Cut into halves or quarters and serve with chips! (We like Zapp's)
Eat and feel good!!
Dinosaur Bar-b-que is some of the best smoked meats and Southern-style food you'll enjoy above the Mason-Dixon, sans singed eyebrows and lugging in a keg or two or beer.
I'm visiting with Steve of the NAM Knights of America, a group of passionate American Bikers, with a mission and regulars at the Harlem Dinobbq. Their passion and mission is to honor the memory of American Vets and Police Officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.
I enjoyed talking with Steve about as much as I enjoyed that honey-flavored cornbread.
Learn more about the best smoked meat in New York at dinobbq.com.
Read more about NAM Knights at namknights.org