Mimi's Cafe Five-Way Grilled Cheese copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Mimi's Cafe Five-Way Grilled Cheese

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When I think back on all the grilled cheese sandwiches I was served as a kid, I don't get very nostalgic. Around my house the recipe was plain and simple: slap some American cheese between a couple slices of white Wonder bread and grill it in a hot skillet until browned on both sides. Good enough grub for a kid I guess, but what if Moms back in the day had a grilled cheese recipe like the one served at Mimi's Cafe? Would my young palate have been able to appreciate the five different cheeses? Would the sourdough bread brushed with soft garlic butter and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese have won over a littler me? I don't know the answers to these questions, but I do know that as an adult this is the best grilled cheese sandwich I've ever had. It's been on Mimi's menu since the first day the restaurant opened back in 1978 in Anaheim, California; and the chain serves around 18,000 of these sandwiches every year—surely to both adults and kids alike. Grab yourself some sliced Swiss, Cheddar, Jack, mozzarella, shredded Parmesan and sourdough bread. This is an easy recipe, so you'll have no trouble quickly cranking out four awesome grilled cheese sandwiches that I'm sure absolutely everyone will love.

Now, how about a bowl of Mimi's Cafe Corn Chowder or French Onion Soup to go with that sandwich? 

Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3 by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 1/2 cup butter (salted), softened
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic (about 1 clove)
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced parsley
  • 8 slices sourdough bread
  • 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • 4 slices Cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices Monterey Jack cheese
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese
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    • Restaurant/Brand
      Mimi's Cafe
    • Instructions

      1. Combine butter, garlic, and parsley in a small bowl.

      2. Preheat a large saute pan or griddle pan to medium heat. The pan should be big enough to fit two slices of sourdough bread.

      3. To make each sandwich, spread the garlic butter on one side of each slice of sourdough bread. Cut the crust off of the left and right ends of each slice of bread—leave the crust on the top and bottom. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese onto a plate, and then turn each slice of bread over onto the cheese so that it sticks to the garlic butter. Allow the excess cheese to fall off the bread, then gently place each slice of bread, cheese-side-down, onto the hot pan.

      4. immediately place a slice of Swiss and a slice of Cheddar on one slice of bread, and then place a slice of Jack and a slice of mozzarella on the other slice of bread.

      5. In 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 minutes, when the Parmesan cheese has browned, use a spatula to flip one slice of bread over onto the other, and then remove the sandwich from the pan. Let the sandwich sit for 1 minute, then slice it diagonally through the middle and serve hot.

      Makes 4 sandwiches. 

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Score: 5.00. Votes: 10
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Dec 13, 2015, 22:00

At my Christmas Party this weekend, we served soups and a stew along with these grilled cheese sandwiches and they were the BIGGEST hit. Thanks for sharing.

Mar 25, 2009, 22:00

Grilled Cheese Sandwich's have finally reached utopia in the food world with this wonderful culinary perfection that melts on your palate.... It's a 5+++

I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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