The 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
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
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!
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.