Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Grilled Cheese Sandwich party

Grilled cheese sandwich bar

To quote Rachel Ray, "Yum-O"!

Looking for sandwich recipes? Seriously, it's sourdough bread, fruit, and melted cheese. You literally can't mess this up.

Pluot and brie grilled cheese sandwich on sourdough bread

My daughter might have chosen butterflies for her birthday party theme, but for the actual night when she turned 5? Grilled cheese, please.

I set up a grilled cheese bar, where every member of the family could choose what to put inside their sandwiches. 

5 New Ideas for Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipes:

  • Plain. Just cheddar cheese and bread.
  • Brie with nectarines
  • Apples, cheddar, honey and dijon mustard
  • Avocado, Tomato and Mozzarella with balsamic vinegar
  • Pluots and Brie
  • Pears with Brie and cheddar

I know the picture says "5 New Ideas for Grilled Cheese" and the list above has 6, but I figured that a plain sandwich was *not* a new idea;)

Panini Recipes - use a Le Creuset grill pan with panini press

Once assembled, I grilled them using my Le Creuset Cast-Iron Panini Press , see the nice lines...

grilled cheese in the Le Creuset grill pan

and my flat reversible griddle. Had I thought about it, I would have realized that the griddle is *reversible* which means that the other side is a grill and all of my sandwiches could have had pretty grill marks on them.

making grilled cheese sandwiches on a reversible grill pan

Oh well, I'm not one to "shoulda, woulda, coulda" myself after the fact.

I've also done this as an adult dinner party with each grown up making and grilling their own sandwich, then I just pull out every nonstick pan I have and away we go.

Summer grilled cheese sandwiches
Do you have any new takes on the traditional grilled cheese that I should make next time?


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Laura @ duke manor farm said...

I just love grilled cheese!! I have never tried all these other ways but may have to start something in this house like it.Have a great week,

Cassie Bustamante said...

LOVE it!!!! i told me kids a while back i wanted to do a grilled cheese bar for dinner one night where we put out all the fixings and all put on what we wanted to... they were not going for it though. :( might have to have a wine and grilled cheese night with friends instead!

Colleen said...

I think I need a panini press!!! ha!! I made one I found on pinterest with tomato, basil and mozzarella. It's my favorite as of late.

Krystle @ Color Transformed Family said...

My husband and I like to mix the traditional grill cheese up too. We call them adult grilled cheese sandwiches. These look yummy.

Unknown said...

These are really fun new combos. I'll have to keep them in mind. Such fun for a summer/fall day too. :)

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

This is brilliant!

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Love this idea, Jessica! We're headed to the lake with friends this weekend and I'm seeing a grilled cheese bar as the perfect menu!
xo Heidi

Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication said...

What a fun night! And a great way to make grilled cheese more "grown-up" and a better option for dinner. :)

Kelli said...

Oh my this looks wonderful!! I loved grilled cheese sandwiches. It is so funny that you posted this because yesterday we were at a festival and they had a grilled chese booth there with every kind of grilled cheese sandwich you could think of.

Bliss said...

OK, this is a terrific idea! I'm thinking maybe I could do this on the patio this fall and actually grill them on the grill? What you think? Oh, and when you make mine, it's gonna be 10 inches thick because I want everything but the dijon on.

Pinning so I remember. GREAT idea!


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Laura@Elegant Nest said...

My stomach is growling as I read this post! Brie and nectarines...YUM! One of my favorite grilled sammies is ham and swiss on sourdough topped with a fried egg - Croque Madamme. What a fun idea for a party!

Michelle said...

That looks like a great meal! so yummy. who doesn't love grilled cheese? Love for you to share this at pin inspiration party! http://www.addhousewife.com/2012/09/pin-inpsiration-50.html

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

I'm playing catch up (so sorry I've been MIA) but have to admit that I totally scrolled through ...I'm trying to diet and this post is not helping. Not one bit. Not at all ...



Erin {Home Everyday} said...

We are grilled cheese junkies at our house, so thank you so much for posting this. I recently used cheddar and thinly sliced pears for a grilled cheese and my kids loved it. Thanks for all the other options though, it will get us out of the plain grilled cheese rut we sometimes get in around here.

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

I love grilled cheese sandwiches, so thank you for this lovely post! I've added an olive tapanade to a tomato and cheese grilled cheese, and that was really good.

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