Tomato-Cheese Toast / Tomat- og Ostetoast

A snack recipe found in “New Fashion Plates for Your Menu”
published by Planters Edible Oil Co in 1932
Tomato-Cheese Toast / Tomat- og Ostetoast

Cheese sandwiches is a snack dish that never seems to go out of style.
I’ve found recipes for such from every decade through out the last
century and both decades in this. Cheese sandwiches really
deserves to be called a classic – Ted

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Homemade Baked Beans with Grilled Cheese / Hjemmelagde Bakte Bønner med Grillet Ost

A snack recipe found in “Healthy Recipes with Dairy Food”
a free E-book published by Dairy Australia
Homemade Baked Beans with Grilled Cheese / Hjemmelagde Bakte Bønner med Grillet Ost

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New York Reuben / New York Reuben Sandwich

A sandwich recipe found in “2012 Australian Grand Dairy Awards Best of the Best Cookbook” published by Dairy Australia
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The Reuben sandwich is an American hot sandwich composed of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing, grilled between slices of rye bread. Several variants exist.

Possible origins

Reuben Kulakofsky, Blackstone Hotel, Omaha, Nebraska

The most widely accepted origin holds that Reuben Kulakofsky (his first name sometimes spelled Reubin; his last name sometimes shortened to Kay), a Jewish Lithuanian-born grocer residing in Omaha, Blackstone HotelNebraska, was the inventor, perhaps as part of a group effort by members of Kulakofsky’s weekly poker game held in the Blackstone Hotel from around 1920 through 1935.

The participants, who nicknamed themselves “the committee”, included the hotel’s owner, Charles Schimmel. The sandwich first gained local fame when Schimmel put it on the Blackstone’s lunch menu, and its fame spread when a former employee of the hotel won a national contest with the recipe. In Omaha, March 14 was proclaimed as Reuben Sandwich Day.

Reuben’s Delicatessen: New York City

Reuben's DelicatessenAnother account holds that the Reuben’s creator was Arnold Reuben, the German-Jewish owner of the famed Reuben’s Delicatessen (1908 – 2001) in New York City. According to an interview with Craig Claiborne, Arnold Reuben invented the “Reuben Special” around 1914. The earliest references in print to the sandwich are New York–based, but that is not conclusive evidence, though the fact that the earliest, in a 1926 issue of Theatre Magazine, references a “Reuben Special”, does seem to take its cue from Arnold Reuben’s menu.

Marjorie RambeauA variation of the above account is related by Bernard Sobel in his 1953 book, Broadway Heartbeat: Memoirs of a Press Agent. Sobel states that the sandwich was an extemporaneous creation for Marjorie Rambeau inaugurated when the famed Broadway actress visited the Reuben’s Delicatessen one night when the cupboards were particularly bare.

Some sources name the actress in the above account as Annette Seelos, not Marjorie Rambeau, while also noting that the original “Reuben Special” sandwich of 1926 did not contain corned beef or sauerkraut and was not grilled.

Still other versions give credit to Alfred Scheuing, a chef at Reuben’s Delicatessen, and say he created the sandwich for Reuben’s son, Arnold Jr., in the 1930s.

BLT Sandwich with Cheese / BLT Sandwich med Ost

A sandwich recipe from “Are You Hungry Tonight?”
published in 1992
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Elvis loved a good BLT, probably because two of the ingredients were at the top of his roster of favorites: bacon and big old juicy beefsteak tomatoes. He loved tomatoes. While you’re assembling this sandwich, you may want to put “Just For You” on the record player. And remember: Elvis preferred well-done bacon, not actually burned to charcoal, but cooked very crispy.

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A Short History of Le Croque Monsieur

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The French name Croque Monsieur translates to  “Crisp Mister” and is basically a cooked cheese and ham sandwich, traditionally made with gruyere cheese and thinly sliced ham.  The name is sometimes shortened to just Croque.

The First Croque Monsieur

croque monsieur_02The first Croque Monsieur was simply a hot ham and cheese sandwich which was fried in butter – one step further than what some believe was the original which was accidentally created when French workers left the tins containing their lunches of  sandwiches on  hot radiators  whilst they worked. By the time they came to eat them, the heat of the radiators had melted the cheese.

croque monsieur_03It’s not known who had the idea of embellishing the recipe by frying the sandwich until crisp and golden,  however they first  appeared on menus in Parisian cafés in 1910, and the earliest written reference is thought to have been by the novelist Proust in his 1918 work titled  À la recherche du temps perdu  (In search of lost time).

Today’s Croque Monsieur

Over the years, further changes were made to the basic recipe, in particular the addition of mustard and a béchamel sauce. Whilst this complicated an otherwise simple recipe, versions made this way are sumptuous and relatively filling  and well worth the extra attention. 

Then came the variations including:
The addition of a fried egg served on top – a Croque Madame
The addition of tomatoes – a Croque Provençal
The substitution of  blue cheese for Gruyere – a Croque Auvergnat
The substitution of smoked salmon for the ham – a Croque Norvégien

Simpel Croque Monsieur Recipes

A simple version would be to make a cheese and ham sandwich in the usual way, then fry in butter until crisp and golden on both sides. Alternatively, spread the outside on your sandwich with plenty of butter and cook under a very hot grill until well browned on both sides.

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Beef, Onion and Horseradish Cheddar Panini / Roastbiff, Løk og Pepperrotcheddar Panini

A delicious grilled sandwich recipe found in a booklet
published by American Dairy Association in 2004
Beef, Onion and Horseradish Cheddar Panini / Roastbiff, Løk og Pepperrotcheddar Panini

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Text from the booklet: Americans have always had a Passion for European-inspired foods – foods that embody tradition, pure enjoyment and a topic of conversation. The latest infatuationto “heat up” the scene is hearty Italian-style sandwiches, called Panini.

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In Italy, the word Panino (a diminutive of pane or bread) means, “little bread” or “sandwich.” And as the name suggests, Panini are sandwiches with Romance. Made with fresh ingredients, distinctive wholesome breads and mouthwatering cheeses – Panini embrace all that is Old World.

Prepared with care and creativity, our Cheesy Panini recipes combine that old-world taste passed down for generations with new-world simplicity.

Because convenience is key, it’s no wonder more people are making sandwiches for dinner. In an American Dairy Association survey, more than 61 percent of today’s cooks said they make an everyday sandwich taste even better by heating it up and by adding bold-flavored ingredients, such as two or three different kinds of cheese.

Whether you use a new indoor grill, oven or stovetop preparation, making mouthwatering Panini at home is deceptively quick and simple.
All of our featured recipes include fresh, robust flavours on crusty breads with warm delicious cheese. And each takes 35 minutes or less to prepare – proving that big taste really does come in small packages!

Pan-fried Turkey, Brie and Cranberry Sandwich / Pannestekt Kalkun, Brie og Tyttebærsandwich

A nice version of the pan-fried sandwich found on foodnetwork.com
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Anything containing cranberry sauce or jam will sound downright mouthwatering to any Scandinavian, we grew up on the stuff after all. Meatballs without cranberryjam for instance will sound like a monstrosity to most of us. So these sandwiches would go down well around our neck of the woods too – Ted

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Cheese Sandwich with Apples and Bacon / Ostesmørbrød med Epler og Bacon

A nice snack from “Lettvint For Små Familier”
(Easy For Small Families) published by
Hjemmets Bokklubb in 1979

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Pear and Stilton toast / Pære Og Stilton Toast

A recipe found on dinmat.noSource: Stavanger Aftenblad

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Pears and blue cheese is an excellent combination. What about a tasty little sandwich, you can grill walnut bread or country-style bread. Dress bread with crispy salads and top it with pear and blue cheese au gratin. The blue cheese can be English Stilton as here, or you can use a local variant.

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