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Jul 23, 2008 04:25 PM

Grilled Cheese Sandwich ideas?

I'm thinking of putting together a "build your own grilled cheese sandwich" party and wondered what you might offer in terms of breads, cheeses, other things that people might want to put in/on their sandwich like butter spreads, bacon, herbs, etc....

They build 'em, I grill 'em.

What would you like? I welcome your thoughts. Thanks!

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  1. tomato? Grilled chicken?

    1. sourdough, rye, wheat, white breads. Various fillings in addition to cheese, such as, tuna, lunch meats, sliced peppers, olives, etc.

      1. A variety of breads (multi-grain, rye, foccacio, old-fashioned thick-cut white), really good tomatoes, avocado, grilled eggplant, sprouts, cheeses (Vermont sharp white cheddar, fontina, port salute, brie, Swiss, gorgonzola, fresh mozzarella -- okay ALL cheeses), thinly sliced vidalia onion, fried green tomatoes, grilled asparagus, sauteed mushrooms, fresh baby spinach, pork products (rendered pancetta, prociutto, applewood-smoked bacon, Taylor ham), basil pesto (or roasted red pepper pesto or any kind of pesto at all, really), olive paste, grainy mustard, some kind of hot sauce (sriracha is my preferred one), shredded cooked chicken, cooked shrimp and/or crab, and some dry spice blends (southwestern sweet, Thai curry blend, Cajun -- blech, but there are some who have little imagination -- herbes de Provence and seasoning salt.)

        Amy, this is one heck of an idea! Mind if I steal it? What a fantastic concept for an upscale lunch or a casual dinner. I'd have a broiler handy in case there are some who would prefer an "open face" presentation.

        Seriously, though, if you offer more than eight choices and have more than ten guests, I'd give guests a menu, or map, of ingredients so that they can figure out what they want to do before they approach the line-up. That'll cut down on the potential confusion -- and the wait.

        I am so stealing this idea (with your permission, of course.)

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        1. re: chefbeth

          Please -- take the idea and run with it! Your suggestions -- everyone's ideas -- are most helpful! I love the folks here at the Home Cooking board.

          I thought to do this because the weather is going to be kind of iffy. Grilling cheese sandwiches could be done inside or out and I can stop worrying about what Mother Nature will do. I'm hoping to offer some upscale ingredients while still embracing the casual comfort that is always to be found in a yummy grilled cheese sandwich.

          I look forward to hearing what you do with the idea! Amy

        2. artichoke hearts
          sauteed mushrooms
          grilled onions
          green onions
          green chilies

          1. What a fun idea!

            Lots of great things have already been mentioned, but I'll add that preserves can be really good addition to a grilled cheese. Just think of normal cheese and fruit/preserve pairings, then put 'em between bread and grill 'em.

            Mango Chutney and Havarti on Oatnut. Mmmmmm

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              1. re: ArikaDawn

                That sounds so good!

                One of my faves is sharp cheddar on whole-grain raisin bread with bacon.

                1. re: weezycom

                  I love sharp cheddar and raisin bread grilled cheese sandwiches. I'm going to have to try it with bacon next time. Sounds amazing.

                  1. re: weezycom

                    Preserves on grilled cheese - I thought I was the only one who did that! I also like to do a breakfast version with raisin bread, preserves and cream cheese.

                  2. re: ArikaDawn

                    How about Manchego cheese and quince jelly?