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A Cure for the Heart: Mushroom Swiss Grilled Cheese Sandwich


EOMThe year is winding down, and our classmates are getting ready to spend their time at home…studying. Unfortunately for us second-years, the next six weeks will be spent with our noses in First Aid, memorizing each and every word as we study for the most important exam of our careers: Step 1.

While most of us will be at home studying for the summer enjoying mom’s home-cooked food and having our laundry taken care of, others will make our own home in Albany, New York. Although we are miles away, we will try to make our summer of studying just as comfortable.

One of the things that brings us close to home is comfort food. Whether it’s eating mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, or a grilled cheese sandwich, these foods definitely remind us of home, a warm, stress-free environment. This week, we decided to try out this spin on a classic grilled cheese. It’s fast, easy to make and definitely filling.

Mushroom Swiss Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Ingredients:

8 oz mushrooms, sliced (buy them pre-cut at the grocery store–it’s cheap and efficient)
1 medium onion, sliced
2 tbsp olive oil
3-4 tbsp butter
4 slices Italian bread
4-6 slices of Swiss cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

1. First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

2. While the oven is preheating, wash the mushrooms and set aside to dry. Slice the onions.

3. Line a baking sheet with foil. Combine the mushrooms and onions and mix with olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the onions are caramelized (they should be a golden-brown color).

4. Next, on a heated pan on the stove, add some butter and wait for it to melt. Once melted, place a slice of bread, then Swiss cheese, the mushroom mixture, top it off with another slice of Swiss cheese and bread. Let the sandwich cook for 2-3 minutes and then flip to the other side for another 2-3 minutes.

Now all you need is a nice warm cup of soup, and you will be on your way to a comforting and relaxing end to a stressful day!


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Khusboo Desai Khusboo Desai (6 Posts)

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Albany Medical College


Hey! My name is Khusboo Desai and I am in the Albany Med Class of 2015. I went to Union College and majored in biology and anthropology. I think it is hard to describe myself (or anyone for that matter) but I find that my interests are reflective of who I am. I absolutely love to read, hang out with my friends and family, Instagram, try different things…especially food, and learn–my dad always told me that everyday my goal should be to learn one new thing and that is the one principle I truly bide by.

eom. [existing outside medical school]

As medical students, we often find ourselves attending countless hours of lecture, studying late at night in the library, and eating junk from the hospital cafeteria. We forget that there is a life outside of the bubble that is medical school! Read our column to take a break from the work and exist outside of medical school.


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Albany Medical College


Hey guys, I’m Haritha Sishtla, a Class of 2015 medical student at Albany Medical College. I went to undergrad not too far away at Union College and majored in biology and economics. Anyone who knows me knows that I love to talk and share my experiences, and that I spend a lot of time taking pictures and Instagramming and/or PicStitching them. I also spend a lot of time on Pinterest, which may cut into my study time…

eom. [existing outside medical school]

As medical students, we often find ourselves attending countless hours of lecture, studying late at night in the library, and eating junk from the hospital cafeteria. We forget that there is a life outside of the bubble that is medical school! Read our column to take a break from the work and exist outside of medical school.