Grilled Cheese buffet
- greygarious Oct 5, 2010 03:06 PM
Tuned in to Oprah today because Martha Stewart was the guest. IMO Oprah has become insufferable and Martha's a close second, but at least she is always good for some useful tips and good ideas. She suggested a DIY grilled cheese bar for entertaining - with a small or large variety of sliced cheeses, good breads, condiments, fresh herbs, thin-sliced fruits, vegetables, and meats. I was actually only listening, not watching, so I don't know what the set-up was as regards skillets or panini presses. She also had a couple of soups, I think. IMO, this is a winning idea for home entertaining and group meetings that include lunch. Even a fairly elaborate spread can be economical, and unused food can be taken home for future use as components of other meals.
I don't pay any attention to Oprah or Martha ever but...a couple years ago I went to a local high end restaurant and was amazed to see a grilled cheese appy. I asked my waiter about it and sounded good and I had to try it. I received an assortment of mini-grilled-cheese-sandwiches with different condiments, herbs etc on the plate for each one. These were small maybe 2" x 2" each made with various quality sheep, goat and cow cheeses and it was great. Yummy. A whole new level of grilled cheese. The cheeses were all high quality, like Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, Jasper Hill Blue, Gordonzola etc. So good I had to order another for my friends to share or they would have gobbled up my app. Of course I stole this idea for use at home frequently.
I'm honestly surprised no one has started a restaurant centered around this concept. I absolutely love the "Mongolian barbecue" restaurants where you make your own stir fry and they cook it up for you, and in Raleigh there was a cereal bar for awhile, though I think it went under. I think a restaurant where you could choose from a menu of cheese, herbs, veggies, fruits, bread, etc and accompany it with a soup or something would make a killing with all ages and incomes. I'm drooling just thinking about it.
"I'm honestly surprised no one has started a restaurant centered around this concept."
and here in LA we even have a grilled cheese truck :
The original poster who started the "What's For Dinner? thread talked about his "grilled cheese" nights that he had often where he provided 6 or 8 breads, 8-10 cheeses or so and also provided different meats & condiments and sometimes soup as I recall My take on it was that everyone made their own sandwiches & he grilled them on his commercial flat top grill in his kitchen at home. From what I gathered, this was a regular affair. . Everytime he described these affairs, my mouth watered.
I love parties where the guests make their own plates up from the hosts buffet. They tend to be very social and sharing experiences. The last one we attended the host set up three assembly stations; fill your crepe, dip your fondue, grill your skewer. A few punch bowls, a green salad and the party was such a blast. The grilled cheese idea is sure to make the party circuit this month.
LOL, I watched this episode and I don't think Martha addressed how to cook them for a crowd. There were 2 skillets and Martha and O each made the other a sandwich. Martha being Martha, did say do NOT press down on the sandwich, otherwise you are making a panini, not a grilled cheese.
BTW, she served them with Bloody Marys, not soup:)
I'm planning on trying this, sounds like a fun idea and pretty much everyone loves grilled cheese. Fortunately I've got a flat top, but I'm sure a few skillets going at once would do the trick.
I love this idea and threw a similar party myself last fall. It was a huge hit. Everyone loves grilled cheese. Homemade tomato soup really hit the spot, too.
I did find, however, that guests were a little shy about diving right in and grilling their own sandwiches. I grilled up a few and cut them into bite-sized pieces, passing them around, to get things warmed up.