A couple days ago I asked readers to share any dinners they made that used eggs because I hardly ever make anything eggy for dinner.
I received a whole bunch of suggestions, and last night I tried one of them.
It’s a variation of the Pioneer Woman’s Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich.
Basically, it’s a grilled cheese sandwich with hard boiled eggs, onions, cheese, and bacon.
Going into it, I knew I was going to have some issues.
I’ll fast forward to the end of this by saying for two of the kids it was, in fact, the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich. For three, um, not so much.
It was late when I made this and I forgot to take a picture. So for now, you’ll just have to imagine. I’ll write a more detailed post with directions and photos later.
Until then, here is what I used for each sandwich:
- 2 pieces whole wheat bread
- 1 hard boiled egg
- 2 slices American cheese
- 1 1/2 slices bacon
- grilled onion (3-4 rings)
- softened butter
- salt and pepper
The Pioneer Woman adds hot sauce to her mayo, but we are wimps and don’t like hot sauce so I omitted that. She also used Swiss cheese and some other kind of cheese, but we only had American, so I used that.
My girls are fairly adventurous eaters. I knew they’d try this sandwich no problem.
All my kids like hard boiled eggs, but only Number 4 will eat the yolks, so I knew that would be an issue for her and the boys.
Then there were the onions. I knew as soon as the boys and Number 7 saw those, they’d feign choking and their inevitable death.
But I didn’t want to make fifty different versions of this sandwich.
So I put the yolks and the onions in there, and I hoped for the best.
Here’s what I did, without pictures.
- I cut the bacon in half and fried it in a pan.
- In another pan, I fried some onions. If I had more time or had planned better, I would have fried the onions in the bacon grease, but I was pressed for time, so that wasn’t an option.
- I already had hard boiled eggs in the fridge, so while the bacon was cooking, I peeled them, and sliced them.
- I spread mayo one side of the bread — the sides that would be on the “inside” of the sandwich.
- Next I put a piece of cheese on the bread.
- I put four slices of hard boiled egg on top of that.
- When the bacon was done, I put three halves of a strip of bacon (1 1/1 pieces total) on top of the the eggs.
- I put a couple grilled onions on top of the bacon.
- I put another slice of cheese on top of the onions.
- Then I put the other piece of bread on top. So in order it was bread– cheese — eggs — bacon — onion — cheese — and then bread.
- I spread butter on the top of the assembled sandwich and place that face down in a preheated pan. Then I spread butter on the other side, and I cooked it as you would a regular grilled cheese sandwich, being careful to kind of hold everything together when I flipped it so all the crap inside didn’t come flying out
Number 4 and Number 5 LOVED it. Number 4 had two whole sandwiches and asked if she could take one to school in her lunch today. I told her that grilled cheeses don’t hold up so well in a lunch box and don’t taste so good when they are cold, so we decided against that. But I promised her I’d make them again soon.
Number 7 took a bite and liked it, but as soon as she felt the texture of the onions, she was like, Peace out, Bitches.
Number 3 and Number 6 (the boys) heard the word onion and yolk, and they just boycotted altogether.
As for me, I’ll agree, it was delicious and possibly actually the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich.
So my verdict for you?
If you have young kids who are picky, this is not for them.
If you have kids who hear the word onion and consequently run for the hills, this ain’t for them either.
This is more of a my-kids-are-in-middle-school-and-above-and-will-try-anything kind of meal.
If your kids are still in elementary school or preschool? Then this is probably not the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich.
But if your kids are older?
Go for it. This may just become a staple for your family.