Friday, April 15, 2011

Friendly Competition: Breakfast Grilled Cheese

This week's challenge with Amy at The Grody Gourmet was to come up with a great grilled cheese recipe. For most of the week I was planning to do sort of a chile relleno thing with Anaheim peppers and Monterey Jack cheese. I was toying with the idea of adding mango, when my brain kind of wandered into breakfast territory. What about mango with cream cheese on grilled raisin bread? No wait! Cinnamon bread! After much inner turmoil, I settled on this:

Breakfast Grilled Cheese with Pumpkin Butter

Butter two slices of bread, and sprinkle liberally with cinnamon sugar (1 part cinnamon to 3 parts sugar). Spread the insides of the bread with cream cheese and about 2 Tbsp. pumpkin butter. Grill until it's brown and the cinnamon sugar is caramelized on the bread. It gets all crunchy and awesome. This is a quick and reasonably healthy breakfast food that the kids can finish in the car, if necessary. (Now you know how our mornings go.)

Pumpkin Butter
1 15-oz. can pureed pumpkin
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice, plus another Tbsp. of cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt

Simmer all ingredients on low heat for about an hour, until very thick and the mixture doesn't slide off a spoon.


  1. I would not spit this into the sink.

  2. Also, I love that bowl. Is that a power line on fiesta ware? What is happening there?

  3. Thanks. I bought a set of four of those little dishes (orange, aqua, blue, and green) at the Goodwill and fired that bird on a power line design on. I love them.

  4. I like the idea of that cream cheese pumpkin butter sandwich!

  5. Ooooh, that sounds delicious! Will have to try:)

  6. OMG...This sounds so good! I would have never thought of making a grilled "cheese" sandwich like this! I love pumpkin butter and will definitely be trying this!