Let's face it, when you have a really horrible hangover the last thing on your mind is food. But we all know that getting some of that all important greasy goodness in your stomach is one of the only things that will put you back in the land of the living. That and a half a bottle of aspirin. The problem is that our mushy brains tend to gravitate towards fast food at dire times like these. Quick and painless, that's what we want. It doesn't have to be that way. Or at least not if there is someone else nearby who can still manage to make a grilled cheese sandwich. I think that the grilled cheese is the perfect anti-hangover food. Greasy and cheesy enough to rumble with whatever booze still lurks in your body. Why else do you think it has American classic status? Because of it's healing properties, that's why. It can be as simple as American cheese on white bread pressed in a buttery pan or something quite noble and elegant as my version of the classic. Either way, you'll be on your way to no longer wishing you were dead.
Grilled Cheese with Black Forest Bacon and Pink Lady Apples
8 slices of good dense artisan bread
1/2 lb Beecher's Smoked Flagship (see sidebar)
1/2 lb black forest bacon
2 pink lady apples
2 Tbsp butter
Easy stuff. Cook the bacon until done. Preheat a grill pan over medium heat. Slice the cheese and apples. Spread some mustard on the bread. Layer on some bacon, cheese and apples. Put you sandwich together. Spread a little butter on the outside of the sandwich and place on your grill pan (or even on your BBQ). Cook for about 4 minutes each side or until the cheese is melted.