Introduction: The Macho Man's Grilled Cheese
In memory of Randy "Macho Man" Savage. If you don't have a Macho appetite, don't even bother! This beast is a mixture of 3 American classics; Macho Man, grilled cheese sandwiches, and eggs in a hole sandwich. This creation isn't mine, I found it (then slightly modified it) on the Serious Eats website. If you're serious about your food like they are, go check 'em out at www.seriouseats.com
Step 1: What You'll Need
You'll need the following to make the Macho Man's Grilled Cheese.
2 slices of bread
2 eggs (if you only want one, just make a hole in one piece of bread)
2 slices of cheese. I used chipotle jack slices and some shredded cheddar
2 slices salami
Real bacon bits
Step 2: Cook Your Potatoes
I'm a BIG fan of twice cooked potatoes. Usually I'll bake or boil the night before and cook again the next day. This is not mandatory but good if you have the time.
Peel the potatoes (if u prefer) then slice. Boil the potatoes about 10 minutes or until knife or fork easily pierces the center. Refrigerate until next day or cool down with cold water if using immediately.
Step 3: Fry the Taters
The potatoes have been precooked so this is just to get that crispy outside that makes fried potatoes so darn tasty. Heat some butter on your cooking surface. When it's melted and hot, add your potato slices. I seasoned mine with salt and pepper at first, then added Cajun spice. I also threw in some minced garlic and added a little more butter as needed.
When you've reached desired crispiness, flip potatoes to cook the other side. When they start crisping, move them off to the side.
While the potatoes were cooking, I chopped up some salami and bacon to add to the sandwich. I prefer chopping them otherwise a whole piece of salami or bacon can get ripped out in one bite. I also completed the next step while the potatoes were crisping.
Step 4: Prepare Bread
Using a glass or any other round cutting tool, cut a hole in the center of each piece of bread. Keep the round pieces of bread as they can be used to make mini sandwiches. I strongly recommend making the minis as well, otherwise you'll be sharing the big sandwich when someone keeps hounding you for a bite.
Depending on your chosen cutting tool, you can either butter the bread and then cut the hole, or cut the hole and then butter the bread. Butter then cutting is faster but a little messier. Cutting and then buttering saves you from washing butter off your glass.
Step 5: Fry the Bread
Your potatoes are pretty much done and now its time to start on the sandwich. Place all pieces of bread on the cooking surface, butter side down. Let cook for a minute or two, then crack an egg in each hole.
If you prefer the egg in your sandwich to be scrambled, use a fork to break the yolk and mix it up. If you prefer a runny egg (as I do) carefully flip the egg over.
Once you have flipped each piece of bread, place the cheese on top, add meats, and optionally more cheese. I heated up my salami and bacon before putting on the sandwich. The added heat helps to melt the cheese a bit and prevents overcooking of the egg.
Depending on your heat and whether or not you want the eggs runny, cook for a few minutes and then carefully flip one piece onto the other to make the finished sandwich. Before biting into it, it's also highly recommended to let out a Macho Man's, "Ohhh yeeaaa."
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