My life is now complete. Two of my favorite things combined. Grilled cheese and the bloody caesar. This wasn't even my idea. How could it have not been. I was out for dinner last weekend with a friend, and while we were discussing the merits of the bloody caesar versus the bloody mary, he ever so casually slipped it into the conversation that a few weeks back he ordered a Bloody mMary and it was served with a garnish of grilled cheese. On the glass. I immediately freaked out, so mad that I had not thought of this idea years earlier.
What I have learned over the years is that people are very particular about their caesars. I rarely order caesars in the bar, either they're too spicy, or too savory. Never as good as I can make at home. I rarely order them at all any more, now that I'm in Seattle. I will however occasionally order a bloody mary, usually for breakfast, and that one time I ordered one it was made with sake. That was mind blowing. I shared a caesar recipe below. One that is specific too my tastes. You can alter any one of the ingredients. People often make them with lime. I prefer lemon. My sister likes to add crushed garlic to hers. The possibilities are endless. I only have one requirement. A garnish of grilled cheese.
GRILLED CHEESE BLOODY CAESAR
makes 1 drink
2 slices of bread
1 oz cheddar cheese
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp celery salt
1 lime or lemon, cut into quarters
1 oz vodka
3 - 5 dashes of Worcestershire
1/4 tsp horseradish
8 oz Clamato juice
Tabasco sauce to taste
1 celery stalk
Prepare the grilled cheese. Cut it in half, and then place a 2 inch cut down the middle of each slice. This will allow you to place the grilled cheese onto the glass.
Dump the celery salt into a small bowl. Rim the glass with a lemon or lime wedge. Dip the rim of the glass into the celery salt to coat.
Fill the glass 3/4 full with ice. Add the juice from a 1/4 lemon wedge to the glass along with the vodka, Worcestershire, and horseradish. Fill the glass with Clamato juice an inch from the top. Add Tabasco sauce. 1 dash for low spice 5 dashes for spicy.
Garnish with a celery stalk, pickle, and half a grilled cheese sandwich.