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Sunday, April 18, 2021

Grilled Cheese Bar: National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day Highlights

Grilled Cheese Duo; Bacon and Sauteed Spinach/ Buffalo Ranch Pulled Chicken
Grilled Cheese is like the universal language of delish and its special day (April 11) had to be celebrated accordingly.  I really wanted to make this day memorable for the kiddoes and adults alike by providing a variety of accoutrements to make each sandwich unique.  I started out with breads offering Sourdough, English Toasting, Brioche and Marbled Rye.  The cheeses included American, Extra Sharp and Mild Cheddar, Swiss, Gouda, Pepper Jack, Habanero and Pepper Jack Blend, Colby and Monterey Jack, Smoked Provolone and Muenster.  I may have missed one or two, but you get the idea. 

The spreads included regular butter spread, Honey Infused, Garlic and Herbs and Mayonnaise.  Mayo makes for an amazing color and crisp Mukbang style snap when you cut into the sandwich or take a bite!!  The fillings were so much fun. I made a cream cheese based Cheesesteak Spread, made with fire roasted green chilies and Cheesesteak sirloin.  I also made a Buffalo Ranch Chicken Spread, full of savory and spicy shredded chicken breast.  Other accessories included, pepperoni, precooked bacon, Black  Forest ham, Virginia Prosciutto or (thinly sliced Country Ham), Sauteed Spinach with Garlic  and Fresh Gourmet Greens Blend! 

I set up my beloved Blackstone Griddle, 17 inch, Propane, I fricking LOVE LOVE LOVE it, I have been able to entertain my family many a night with my griddle on our patio picnic table, its like Hibachi Outdoors and soooo much fun.  I made Pad Thai one night for dinner and the griddle is perfect for developing the levels of flavor in such a complex and fantastic dish.  Burgers and Hotdogs, no problem, the griddle heats quickly and efficiently, imparting grilled deliciousness in every bite. Power outage, no biggie, this propane powered gem handles the tiny tabletop canisters.  Too hot in the kitchen, pull it out! Take the worry of a food heat source off your mind.  

 The Blackstone Griddle is perfect for making Grilled Cheese for the whole family, all at once.  The seasoned surface is the key to  a gorgeous bark with a great crunch and mouthfeel,  as demonstrated in some of the masterpieces we created that evening.  A good grilled cheese sandwich is hard to beat and when your family can customize it to their exact standard, dinner will be seamless and unforgettable, just like your first bite!!

Grilled Cheese Meatlover's Supreme

Grilled Cheese w/3 Cheeses and Sauteed Spinach

 Make your next family meal amazing by having a Grilled Cheese Bar, your family won't soon forget it!! The spreads were so delicious, we used them for sandwiches the next day!  Plan to do it again the next night, for even more combinations you didn't get to try the first time around!  Stay tuned for the fabulous Cheesesteak and Buffalo Ranch Pulled Chicken Spread recipes , coming up in my next few posts! 

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