The Internet can be a funny place. No sooner had we Grinderites idly wondered what sort of cheese sandwich Martha Stewart might eat for lunch, than the Queen of Entertaining pipes up and tells us on her blog. If only everything worked that nice and easy.
Who knows if Martha is aware of the Pete Wells–inspired cheese sandwich controversy of 2006 that aroused the ire of food bloggers around the globe and resulted in more cheese sammies than you can shake a stick at, but she took the question seriously and reported that her favorite is a grilled cheese sandwich made “with gruyere cheese and thinly sliced tomatoes on a Balthazar bread called Pain de Siegle, made with rye flour.”
Just for good measure (and, well, because she is Martha) she contributes another recipe, one she devised with her personal chef, Pierre Schaedelin:
It had many flavors of a really great paella. We used a light and airy ciabatta, sliced in half as the base. Next, we sautèed [sic] thinly sliced chorizo (a highly seasoned sausage widely used in Spanish and Mexican cooking) with a thinly sliced, boneless, skinless chicken breast, some roasted red peppers, a pinch of saffron threads, and 2 cloves of crushed garlic, until everything was lightly browned and the chicken cooked through. I had some fabulous cheese called, [sic] Mahon Reserva D.O.P., from the Balearic Islands in Spain. So, we decided to use slices of that to bind all the ingredients together. After several minutes in the paninni [sic] press, the sandwich (sammy) emerged as a masterpiece!!!
Clearly, Martha wins this round of the cheese sandwich trials (um, Martha, can I come over for lunch?). We were silly to think we could even compete.