Friday, February 17, 2012

Family Recipe Friday - Flumped Up Cheese




Growing up in the 1950s Friday dinner was a meatless meal. Usually it was tomato soup or vegetarian vegetable soup with grilled cheese sandwiches. Sometimes it was a tuna, potato chip, mushroom soup casserole. On occasion it was "flumped up cheese".

I don't know where the idea came from, maybe it was an effort by Mom to save bread. Big families used lots of bread when sandwiches were on the menu. Flumped up cheese was simply a slice of bread topped with a slice of cheese and broiled until the cheese puffed up and turned a golden brown. Mom would fill a cookie sheet with these open face sandwiches (about 6 to 8 to a sheet) and broil them all at once. It was a fast way to feed a crowd. The sandwiches had to be watched carefully as they could go from golden to burnt in the blink of an eye.

Eating the sandwiches was fun and easy. Just pierce the puffed skin of the cheese to reveal the yummy goodness underneath. Sometimes the crusty top of the cheese was peeled off and eaten out of The exposed bread crust was also toasty crisp while the bread itself was warm and soft. Today I might try a slice of tomato under the cheese!