Chef Lena Tries To Make The Best Grilled Cheese, BLT, & Patty Melt Sandwich | Delish + Nature’s Own
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Chef Lena Tries To Make The Best Grilled Cheese, BLT, & Patty Melt Sandwich | Delish + Nature’s Own


– I love sandwiches. And no one does sandwiches
better than my local diner. I’m gonna try to recreate
three of my favorites, and I’ll show you some tips along the way. For my perfect grilled cheese sandwich, I’m using Nature’s Own
Perfectly Crafted White Bread. So one of my favorite tricks for making a perfectly golden
grilled cheese sandwich, is mayo actually. So since we’re crisping both sides, we are actually gonna do mayo on both sides of the bread as well. I also love that the
mayo gives the sandwich a slight bit of tang. And I don’t feel like you
really miss the butter, because there’s so much creaminess and flavor coming from the cheese. Last side. I have a medium skillet here, and I’m gonna heat it to a medium low. Then we can just pop our slices right in. The bread is looking nice
and golden on the underside. I’m just gonna give these guys a flip. I’m going to top the
toasted side with cheddar. Two slices of classic cheddar, can’t make a grilled cheese
without it, in my opinion. And then two slice of
Swiss, nice and creamy, adds a different dimension of flavor. And then we’re going to
take the toasted side of our second piece and place
it on top of our cheese. We keep the heat at medium low, because if it’s too hot,
then the outside of the bread will get toasted and the
inside cheese won’t melt. And that’s the biggest bummer of all time, when you bite into a grilled cheese and the cheese is still not melty. It takes a little more time,
but it’s worth it in the end. Our underside is nice and golden. I’m just gonna give it a flip. (upbeat music) I am so excited to eat this. So, super golden and crisp on both sides, gooey, super cheesy in the middle, and we’ve got that four layers of crunch I am super psyched about. This has got everything you want in a classic grilled cheese. Golden on both sides,
super gooey in the center. You’ve got the sharpness from the cheddar, creaminess from the Swiss,
it’s just pretty much perfect. So crazy fact, Nature’s Own sells over seven billion slices of bread a year, which is enough to wrap around
the world over 21 times. How nuts is that? Next up is probably my all time
favorite sandwich, the BLT. Unfortunately, tomatoes are only in season like two months out of the year, so I have a little hack
to transform boring, sad, not so gorgeous grocery store tomatoes into delicious, juicy sweet tomatoes. And that means we are
going to oven roast them. We have here just a regular red tomato, straight from the grocery store. Nothing too special. So we’re going to lay it out on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet, and then we’re just going to season them with salt and pepper. I also have some basil leaves. And we are just gonna
tear up a few of them, and just lay them right
on top of the tomatoes. Just for some added summery flavor. And lastly, we have a whole
third a cup of olive oil. I know it sounds like a lot, but we’re actually gonna
use it later in the recipe, so that’s why we’re using so much. These are going into a 250
degree oven for about two hours. That’ll really give them
a time to slowly cook and it’ll bring out all
the sugars in the tomatoes and make them 10 times
better than they are raw. I made a tray in advance this morning, because I knew I was
having a BLT for lunch, so I’m going to grab those. As you can see, they are a lot smaller than the ones we put in. They lose a lot of their moisture and these bits of basil might look burned, but they’re actually just
like fried and so good. So keep those, they’ll
go on the sandwich too. Next step, extremely important ingredient in a BLT, the B, bacon. If you have seen any my previous episodes, you will know that I like
starting my bacon in a cold pan. That way it gives the bacon’s
fat a chance to render out. Instead of getting all crinkly, it kind of stays a little bit more flat, which is great for sandwiches. Something I love to do when I’m cooking bacon
for a sandwich like this is add a pretty hefty amount of pepper, just because there’s so much fat going on. Pepper is the perfect way
to break through that, add a little bite, and we’ll do the same
thing on the other side, We just wrapped up our bacon, and now we’re gonna whip up
a really easy little aioli with mayo, chives, and lemon zest. Since we are cooking the tomatoes, the sandwich loses a
little bit of freshness that it normally has, so
this aioli really is nice to add a little extra crunch
and some green, you know? So I’m gonna just move our roasted tomatoes to a separate plate, so we can utilize all
that delicious olive oil. And we are going to use
it to toast our bread. For this sandwich, I am using Nature’s Own
Perfectly Crafted Multigrain. I love using a multigrain
for this sandwich. It’s just a nice sturdy piece of bread that can hold up to
all of our ingredients. I’m gonna preheat this
pan to a medium heat. So we are going to dip our bread in that delicious tomato
basil oil, both sides, and then just pop it right
in our preheated pan. I’m gonna just transfer
our bread to a plate. We are going to add our
quick aioli, tomatoes. Now we’re adding our
bacon, nice and peppery. And then last but not least, our lettuce. So we’ve got our nice,
toasted, multigrain, lemon chive aioli, roasted tomatoes, black pepper bacon and lettuce. Doesn’t get much better than that. Roasting the tomatoes really
helped to elevate the sandwich. The multigrain really soaked up all that delicious flavor
from the infused oil. It’s a winner. All right, last but not least,
we’re making a patty melt starting with caramelizing onions. Caramelized onions obviously
take a while to make, so we’re gonna start with those first. About a tablespoon of olive
oil, and I’m gonna heat it on medium low. And, adding our onions. I’m gonna salt these right away, because salt will help draw
out some of the moisture and we really want these with
their sweetness amplified. So we wanna get out as
much water as we can right off the bat. Here we have just regular ground beef, and we are gonna add a
few different flavorings. We are going to add some garlic powder, a little bit of Worcestershire
sauce for umami. To me, a patty melt is
kind of a combination of a grilled cheese and a hamburger. And it’s already pretty
messy and melty as is, so I like adding the mustard and ketchup into the actual patty, so as not to make too much of a mess. And it’s nice to have that
flavor just in the background. And then just salt and pepper,
and just give it a stir just to get everything incorporated. You don’t have to go too crazy. We’re just gonna form it into
a really, really thin patty, because we want it to extend all the way to the edge of the bread. All right, I’m gonna preheat
this skillet to a medium heat, and I’m just gonna make a
nice, large, rectangle patty. I’m just gonna let this
get nice and golden, and caramelized on the bottom, and then we’ll flip it and get
the other side caramelized, and it’ll be good. We are golden on both sides, so I’m just gonna take the patty out and drain it on a paper towel, like so. And then I’m going to
give our onions a stir, they’re looking close to being ready. I’m gonna add a little
bit of red wine vinegar. This’ll just add a little
tang to the onions, and we can get up any of
those burnt onion pieces that have all the good flavor in them. These should be ready in like
six or seven more minutes. We have all of our elements ready to go, so it’s time to build the sandwich. I have this beautiful brioche style bread. Which I really love, because it’s got a
little bit of sweetness, which plays so well with
all the savory stuffings we’ve got going on. I like using Nature’s Own Bread, because I know it’s scratch
to shelf in about 48 hours, so it’s gotta be fresh. So we are using the same trick that we used for our grilled cheese, and we’re using mayo to toast
the outside of the bread. We are going to set our
skillet on medium heat. And now we can start just
building in the skillet again. So I’m going to start with
a couple slices of Swiss, very classic patty melt cheese, and we’re gonna pop our patty on. Our caramelized onions are
nice, and tender, and golden, so they can go straight
on top of the patty. And then, even more cheese goes on top, another couple slices of Swiss. We are just gonna put mayo on
the other side of our slice, so when we flip it, it gets
a nice golden crust as well. So we’re just gonna cook this
on sort of a medium low heat, until our bread is nice and
toasted and the cheese is melty, and then we can dig in. All right, we’re a nice and
golden on the bottom, whew. So our cheese is melty, our
bread is toasty on both sides, and we can take it out. Ooh, look at that cheese. Last sandwich of the day,
there’s a lot going on. Super melty Swiss, lots
of caramelized onions, I think I might like this better
than a hamburger, honestly. It’s so good. So those are my three
favorite diner sandwiches, but let me know in the comments
below what your favorite is? And don’t forget to subscribe.

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100 thoughts on “Chef Lena Tries To Make The Best Grilled Cheese, BLT, & Patty Melt Sandwich | Delish + Nature’s Own

  1. Using the tomato olive oil is a cool idea. 👍 To me, diners are for breakfast but if I had to pick a favorite diner sandwich, it would be a Reuben. Great episode.

  2. I think it's illegal to not state somewhere that this is advertising/sponsored content. Idt the Nature's Own logo at the end was enough.

  3. My then girlfriend once made this toasted bread which she toasted in the oven. It was really good because instead of using butter, she used mayonnaise. I was surprised because I didn't know what was crusted on the surface of the bread. It was mayo. It was really good too.

  4. Really Delish? It's illegal not to disclose paid ads, and this is very clearly sponsored by Nature's Own. Simply putting "Delish + Nature's Own" at the end is not clear that this is indeed sponsored. Do better.

  5. Y'all are worried about bread instead of using an electric oven for 2 HOURS to "roast 6 SLICES of store bought tomatoes". Check your electric bill next time & see all the fees on it before your usage is even added. This channel is getting more and more unreal.

  6. Is a cup larger in America than it in Australia? Because I swear the amount of oil she used was not a third of a cup. It's at least more than a cup.

  7. That was the saddest BLT I've ever seen…with a whole tomato and only 3 strips of bacon. smh Should be called a roasted tomato sandwich with bacon essence.

  8. i know everyone is hating on this video but im glad she featured this bread because im going to the store right now to get it! i needed some bougie feeling and looking bread but without the price tag…so thanks!

  9. I have a problem turning the oven on for 2 hours to oven bake 1 sliced tomato. We should be thinking twice before we turn on appliances. This is not an eco friendly sandwich or cooking. Another question, where can I buy this bread, which country?

  10. Pretty sure it’s product placement cause I bought that brioche bread right after. It’s damn good but Jesus

  11. I say no to the mayo on toasted sandwiches 🥪 ! I’ve tried it several times and it’s no match for real butter…. I’d use Dave’s Killer Bread instead of all that Natures Own bread. Yuck!

  12. Mayo on the outside of a grilled cheese is straight garbage. It's butter or nothing, the mayo makes the sandwich taste sour…

  13. Who cares if this is sponsored by the bread company or not, seriously people?? We are here to look at delicious recipes, why does it matter if it's sponsored or not? On a side note…i'm never going to bake tomatoes for 2 hours just to put in my sandwich but it still looks awesome.

  14. What ever about the sponsor. The true travesty was salting the beef before cooking. That’s how you get a tough hockey puck.

  15. So…a patty melt is just a cheeseburger on bread rather than a bun? Sounds okay. As for the video as a whole? This is just a bread ad isn't it? It seems you are coming off as desperate for a partnership.

  16. This is NOT aïoli, doesn't even have garlic (ail) in it!
    Aaaaand I'm glad that NO doesn't sell in the country I'm in…

  17. I love watching your videos and I was wondering if you could make a video on French toast. I’ve been having a hard time finding a recipe that worked for me,so if you could help, that would be great. Thanks!

  18. Did you know that Nature's Own bread was started in 1938 by Heinrich Himmler, Adolf Hitler's right-hand man? Also, did you know Nature's Own bread is a known terrorist sponsor and funnels money to both al-Qaeda and ISIS? Also, did you know Nature's Own bread wrote season 8 of Game of Thrones? Also, did you know Nature's Own bread invented loot boxes?

  19. A knight does not live in a DES- MES-KNEE….POOR CHAP LIVES IN A DOME-MAIN – it’s a french word. Try and get it right, if you are unsure…ask someone!!

  20. All three of these sandwiches are going to be tried! Love the double crunch of the grilled cheese and using baked tomatoes for the BLT. YUM!

  21. This is great. I watched all 3. It's like a more low-key Am.Test Kitchen (my favorite). Keep it up. QUESTION: The only cheese I don't like (hate, truth be told) is swiss. What might I substitute, please? Cheers!

  22. OK, a trick. To make sure the cheese melts on the inside, put the slices on the open face side, then cover the pan for about a minute and set it off the heat. After not even a minute, the cheese will be melty and then you can put the other toasted side onto it and continue the process as she does it.

  23. You lost me at mayo.
    Mayo is oil and egg yolk put into a blender.
    Lets put egg yolk and oil on our grilled cheese. Did you ever put mayo in a hot pan and see what happens to it? And you think Crisco is gross?
    EEERRRTTT! Sorry no can do!

    Also, unless you have Chef credentials, you cannot call yourself a chef. Having a major in food studies does not make one a chef.
    And nice n disclosing youre partnership with the bread company. It makes you that much more credible. Did you actually finish college?

  24. I hope you guys stop cranking the music volume up in between speaking segments. I have to keep adjusting the volume up and down so that I can here the dialog.

  25. That bread is fantastic! I love the white bread and it makes a great grilled cheese. I'm not a fan of swiss and I don't get super fancy with the cheese. I never tried toasting both sides before. I think I will do that next time and see if I like it better. I think that brand of bread would hold up much better for a cheeseburger sandwich than the store brand or some of the others. The texture can handle hardier fillings I think.

  26. My favorite way to make a blt is to only put mayo on the lettuce and tomato side and on the bacon side I put, now stay with me here lol, ketchup and mustard. Mmm mmm.

  27. No aluminum foil! Then anything tomato based just makes the aluminum get into the food even worse. Hold it up to the light and you will see tiny holes in it.

  28. My favorite diner sandwich is a Club Sandwich. I don’t know, there’s something about that third slice of bread 🍞. 😆 Love your testing format!👍🏼 Have a Great Day!

  29. Everyone in the comments are always so dramatic… y’all act like the entire thing was an ad just because they had a couple seconds of promotion. They were using the damn bread anyways, who cares?!

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