When is the last time your power went out? I'm not talking about just a flicker of the lights, but an actual power outage for hours and hours? That happened to me the other night. I was getting ready to make dinner. I pulled everything out of the fridge and pantry. I already had a chicken breast in the oven that I was going to use in my casserole. Then, the lights went out and I hear the sound of everything shutting down. So, I wait a few minutes, then a few minutes more. Nothing. A while goes bye and still nothing. I called the power companies number and listened to the recording which said estimated up time 9:30 p.m. Great. I guess we're going out for dinner and going shopping for a few hours.
We got home around 10:00 p.m and as we pull in, I notice all of the neighbors lights are still out. Crap. I called the power companies number again and now it says estimated up time midnight. Luckily, I had some candles in the cupboard. I showered to candle light and I brushed my teeth to candlelight. I couldn't imagine having a power outage for more than a day. Things like that make me realize how much we rely on power.
No lights, no oven (which means no cookies), no computer or internet (no blogging), no T.V., no radio, NO AIR CONDITIONER.
Anyway, that really had nothing to do with anything, except for maybe the reason why it took me an extra day or two to get up my blog post.
Now, onto the sloppy grilled cheese sandwiches.
This was a nice twist on a regular sloppy joe. I had never eaten a sloppy joe sandwich with cheese on it, but could cheese really be bad on something. I don't think so! I thought these were great. They are fast and easy and your whole family will gobble them up. I loved the crunch from the toasted bread with the melty cheese and sloppy filling and I loved that this used regular white bread (I actually used french bread I had on hand).
Sloppy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
1 batch sloppy joe filling
8-10 slices white bread
butter or butter spray
shredded or sliced Cheddar cheese
Prepare sloppy joe filling according to recipe directions. Meanwhile, heat skillet over medium heat. Spread butter over one side of each slice of bread. For each sandwich, place one slice of bread, butter side down into a skillet. Top each slice with some cheese, some of the beef mixture and additional cheese. Place an additional slice of bread on top, butter side up, creating the sandwich. Cook until bread is nicely browned, carefully flip over and cook until other side is browned. Repeat until all the sandwiches are made. Makes 4-5 sandwiches.
Jenn's Notes: I used store-bought french bread, that I sliced like sandwich bread. I use butter spray, which makes it so much easier than trying to spread butter onto soft bread. I only did one layer of cheese and I thought that would be plenty, but I ended up wishing there was more. So, add both layers! I cooked these in a cast iron skillet and they browned up very nicely.
idea from: Real Mom Kitchen