Air Fryer Essentials: Tomato Soup Grilled Cheese
Andy Anderson !
Okay, this is not exactly a “tomato soup” grilled cheese. It is a grilled cheese with yummy tomato jam. This is very popular in Great Britain, usually grilled up using buttered plain bread, cheddar cheese, and tomato jam. Full Stop.
I kicked it up a bit with fire roasted tomato jam, rye/pumpernickel bread, bacon, and two cheeses. Then, we will pop it into the air fryer for a perfect toasting.
So, you ready… Let's get into the kitchen.
2 slicethick slab bacon, cooked to your liking
2 slicerye/pumpernickel bread
1 Tbspsweet butter, unsalted
2 Tbsptomato jam, more on this later
1 1/2 ozgruyere, freshly grated
1 1/2 ozsharp cheddar, freshly grated
·dill pickles, on the side
·maybe some chippies, on the side
·a frosty beer or three
How to Make Air Fryer Essentials: Tomato Soup Grilled Cheese
- You do not have to do this sandwich in an air fryer; just fry it up in a skillet or pop it into the oven. I was just curious about trying a different method.
I am not suggesting that the air fryer is any better or worse than pan or oven cooking; however, it is much easier than using a pan and, it uses less energy than heating up a whole oven.
In addition, it tastes great using way less fat (butter).
- Time Versus Temperature
Cook it at too high a temperature, and the bread will burn before the cheese melts; too low, and you will not get that yummy gooey, melted cheese with perfectly toasted bread.
I did three experiments, and this is what gave me the perfect air fryer grilled cheese.
A temp of 350f (175c) for 6 minutes.
Flip the grilled cheese, raise the temp to 375f (190c) for an additional 4 minutes.
You wind up with a perfectly toasted grilled cheese, with scrummy melted cheese.
FYI: Not all air fryers are created equal. Mine happens to be a Philips Digital with 1425W of power. My suggestion would be to take a simple grilled cheese, cut it in half, put half in the air fryer, and try my method. Then, adjust the times, if needed, to suit your particular model.