Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Taco Grilled Cheese {Week 3 of The Grilled Cheese Transformation}

Committing to grilled cheese once a week is a beautiful thing. You know there is at least one night per week of cheesy comfort food to look forward to (background info here) and a fairly lazy blog post (for which I apologise).

The Bookworm decided to have a go this week. He selected Taco Grilled Cheese - again by Closet Cooking. As usual, it was modified a little.

Seasoned ground beef:
Minced beef was browned with onion and garlic and then beef stock and Mexican spice was added to taste.

Store-bought guacamole. I know, cheating! Avocados were seriously expensive and the Black Swan guacamole is really good.

It's all about the layers (from bottom): cheese, mince, lettuce, tomato, salsa, guacamole and more cheese....
Pan-fried sandwiches are the best!

This sandwich was seriously oozily (that's a word right?) delicious. Definitely not first date food.
Grilled cheese rating: 4/5

We had quite an exciting little wine to go with. Wine x Sam is the new venture of Sam Plunkett after the Plunkett Fowles partnership ended. Savagnin is an interesting little variety; traditionally grown in the Jura in France, it was thought to be albariño (a Spanish variety) when planted in Australia. The little sucker was planted in vineyards all over the place because who doesn't love albariño? Scientists came along in 2008 with DNA testing and revealed the little cuckoo for who she was (I think savagnin personified is a savvy little illegal immigrant, so charming that she will eventually become famous- the Charlize Theron of the grape world).

Sam's Savagnin is super fresh and one to relish in the last few days of summer (whatdaya mean it's autumn already?). Beautifully aromatic with hints of honey and blossoms, grapefruit citrus and spice on the palate and crisp acidity to deal with all that oozy oily cheesiness. Seriously though, pour yourself a big glass and munch down a huge bowl of tempura calamari- you can thank me later. 

Also super affordable at $20. 

The Wine X Sam website is still being developed. In the meantime they update their Facebook page regularly so check it out.

1 comment:

  1. Oh my gosh this is such a great idea, taco sandwhich yes please!!
    I am such a sucker for a good wine, I am going to keep an eye out for this one :)
    Hope all is going well with you lady xx


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