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Uptown "gorilla" Cheese Sandwiches

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“To this day we still refer to grilled cheese sandwiches as "gorilla" cheese - a name our son, Jesse, gave his favourite restaurant order when he was a toddler! Half the fun, of course, was seeing the waitress' reaction! This "uptown" version has become a regular for us on Sunday nights.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 slices white bread (thick slices) or 4 slices whole wheat bread (thick slices)
  • butter, for spreading as well as
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 4 slices old cheddar cheese, sandwich size, not processed cheese slices (or plastic cheese as I call it!!!)
  • 4 slices tomatoes (large slices)
  • 4 eggs, room temperature, separated
  • 14 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon hot English mustard, dried or prepared
  • salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray an oven proof dish with vegetable spray.
  3. Toast the bread lightly and butter one side.
  4. Place butter side up in prepared casserole.
  5. Top each slice of bread with cheese slice then tomato. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Add the tablespoon of melted butter to the egg yolks together with the mustard and salt and pepper. Mix well and set aside.
  7. Beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar until stiff.
  8. Fold in the yolk mixture and pour over the bread slices.
  9. Bake until golden brown and set - about 15 minutes.

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