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Trader Joes’ Focaccia Forever Changed the Way I Make Grilled Cheese

One of my favorite things about Trader Joe’s is their brilliant way of sprucing up everyday ingredients. For example, focaccia on its own is delicious. But focaccia packed with roasted tomatoes and Parmesan? Now that’s unbeatable. The fact that you can buy it ready-made at TJ’s is just *chef’s kiss.*

Here, I’m using the focaccia to make an oversized, over-the-top grilled cheese. It’s everything I crave in the perfect grilled cheese sandwich: crunchy toasted bread, gooey melty cheese, and tons of savory flavor. To make it, I slice the focaccia horizontally, sprinkle grated Trader Joe’s Cheddar and Gruyère Mélange on one half, and spread a healthy dose of their zhoug sauce — a Middle Eastern herb sauce — on the other half. Then, I pop it in the oven to bake. Throw together one of Trader Joe’s salad kits, and dinner is served!

Nicole Rufus

Assistant Food Editor

Nicole is the Assistant Food Editor at Kitchn. She writes about recipes as well as developing some of her own. You can usually find her playing around in the kitchen or online “window” shopping. She currently resides in Brooklyn and is getting her master’s in Food Studies.

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