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Ms. Cheezious Fresh Pesto Grilled Cheese Recipe

Love grilled cheese? Our June Chef of the Month, Brian Mullins, shared some of his favorite grilled cheese recipes from Ms. Cheezious! Up first- Fresh Pesto Grilled Cheese!  Pesto Grilled Cheese

Ingredients:

4 slices sourdough bread
Salted butter, softened

8 slices mozzarella or provolone cheese
4 tablespoons basil pesto**

**To make the basil pesto:
2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano cheese
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup pine nuts
2 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Combine the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor or blender and pulse until coarsely chopped. With the machine running, slowly add the olive oil and process until smooth. Add the cheese and pulse until combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Directions:

Preheat your griddle or pan to medium heat.

Butter the outside of each slice of bread. Spread basil pesto on the inside of each slice of bread. Place the mozzarella or provolone cheese slices on top of one piece of bread. Top with the other slice of bread.  Place on the griddle or pan; cover with a metal bowl and let the sandwiches get a nice golden brown, wait 2 to 3 minutes. Flip, cover again and cook until the cheese is melted and the sandwiches are golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve immediately.

Enjoy!

 

CHEF GEORGE DURAN’S COLORFUL MEDIA PERSONALITY

George Duran w Pressure CookerChef George Duran is involved in several TV projects that continue to fuel his passions for food and media together. Taken from several sources including Wikipedia and his show’s sites listed below, you will see his light and humorous personality shine naturally and if you have not seen him on TV, you need to check him out or look back at past seasons!

FOOD NETWORK: HAM ON THE STREET

In 2005, Chef Duran returned to New York from Paris, taking his career as a TV Chef to the next level creating and hosting Food Network’s popular Ham on the Street. The program showcased his keen interviewing and culinary skills and determined once and for all that you can’t fry a fudge-cicle. Whilst it is not airing currently on the Food Network, please take a look at his recipes from the show and try them when you have time. They are quick and easy, with prep and cook times taking anywhere from 25 to 1hr and 15 mins and we would like to add, delicious!

White Bean Hummus – 10 mins

Winning Deviled Ham – 15 mins

Classic French Mussels – 25 mins

Breakfast Pizza – 30 mins

Spicy Buffalo Style Stuffed Chicken Breasts – 30 minsChef George Duran

The Juiciest Meat Balls Ever – 35 mins

Guiltless Oven-Fried Chicken Fingers – 35 mins

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Ever – 40 mins

Spice Rubbed Beer Can Chicken – 1 hr 15 mins

Deep-Fried Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough – 1hr 15 mins

FOOD NETWORK: THE SECRET LIFE OF…..

In February 2007, Chef Duran expanded his presence on Food Network, hosting The Secret Life of…, a light hearted exploration of the history of the foods we love. The show combines history segments with recipe segments and features the origins of the foods and why we eat them.

TLC’S ULTIMATE CAKE OFF

In 2010, George was asked to join TLC’s prime time line-up by hosting Ultimate Cake Off in Season 2 where the nation’s top cake artists compete against each other to build the ultimate cake. The show is based on professional cake artists that go “head-to-head” in constructing cakes over five feet tall with the assistance of a team of chefs, designers etc. for a money prize. Enjoy his video testimonial about the show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJIejC16Qo0

HIS BOOK “Take this dish and Twist It.”

In October 2008, George launched his first book, Take This Dish and Twist It. Just like his personality, colorful and funny, Chef Duran’s book is packed with highly useful tips revealing his delectably unexpected take on comfort food.George Duran's Cookbook

IMUSA and Hunt’s Tomatoes

Chef Duran is part of IMUSA’s Chef Program, as one of their spokespersons and creates exclusive recipes, webisodes, instructional videos and demos. His Hispanic roots are expressed with featured recipes such as “Pumpkin Pie Tamales” and Chorizo Lentil Stew on YouTube. IMUSA is a Hispanic and International cookware company that has brought their grandmas’ recipes to life through their line of products. They have moved beyond borders to become the leading brand of Hispanic housewares and a culinary brand ambassador of other international cuisines including the new Pan-Asian line of products.

He also partnered with Hunt’s Tomatoes. The enormous success of both campaigns resulted in the expansion of George’s role with both companies including all ConAgra products on a national and Hispanic stage. Most recently he has hosted on HSN for kitchenware products by IMUSA and T-fal.

Chef George Duran

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