Grilled Cheese Buffet

26 Apr

Grilled Cheese

So back in the day (pre-toddler/pre-7 a.m. weekend wake-up calls/a.k.a: a looooong time ago), my “Girl’s Night Out” involved loud music, copious amounts of alcohol, dancing (me:not very well) and a rough time waking up the next morning. Currently, “Girl’s Night Out” isn’t actually “out” at all. My friends and I now like to have grown-up sleepovers (no sorority pillow fights; sorry boys), which still includes copious amounts of alcohol and our favorite thing: Food. We have a yearly tradition of drunkenly decorating gingerbread people (complete with guido tanks, bras, you know, totally gingerbread-appropriate attire). And now I think I have created a new tradition that is beyond amazing: Grilled Cheese Buffet.

Oh yeah. I said it. We did it. We freaking loved it.

I rolled out craft paper on our dining room table (which is one of my favorite party food set-up tips) and used a sharpie to write out all of the possible add-ins. This allowed everyone to create their sandwiches to their own tastes and also made the experience interactive, which I adore doing when it comes to entertaining. I have been known to have a party game or two in my time (Pin the ‘stache on Chris anyone?).

We also cooked these in the oven, versus a pan, therefore making it possible to cook multiple grilled cheese sandwiches at a time (8 to be exact). And they came out amazing; crunchy and bubbly as if they were done on a griddle.  This is a really fun thing to do for a dinner party or you know, a Tuesday night.  Because they are that good.

Grilled Cheese

Grilled Cheese Buffet

Sourdough bread

Tuscan boule

Shredded smoked gouda

Shredded fontina

Shredded mozzarella

Shredded mexican cheese blend

Sliced granny smith apples

Carmelized onions

Sauteed mushrooms

Smoked salt

Habenero hot sauce

Fresh basil

Sliced tomatoes

Fig jam (store bought)

Dijon Mustard

and (drumroll please…..)
Bacon jam (yes, you read that correctly. Bacon jam.  Recipe here)

Bacon Jam

For the grilled cheese preparation:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

Butter your bread and set the first piece butter-side down on the cookie sheet you are cooking them on

Start layering your ingredients; when finished, put the other slice of bread on top (buttered side up) and cook for 6 minutes, flip over and cook for an additional 6 minutes

Grilled Cheese

Grilled Cheese

These are some of the combinations we had:

Fontina+Bacon Jam+Granny Smith Slices+Carmelized Onions

Smoked Gouda+Fig Jam+Sauteed Mushrooms+Carmelized Onions

Fontina+Carmelized Onions+Sauteed Mushrooms+Bacon Jam+Habanero Hot Sauce

Smoked Gouda+Mozzarella+Bacon Jam+Fig Jam+Dijon Mustard

Mozzarella+Fig Jam+Carmelized Onions

Mexican Cheese+Bacon Jam+Granny Smith Slices

Fontina+Sauteed Mushrooms+Carmelized Onions

*Tips: If you have a food processor, attach the grater blade to make shredding the cheese quicker and easier.

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3 Responses to “Grilled Cheese Buffet”

  1. Gabrielle Rubino April 26, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    I am happy to say I was one of the girlfriends apart of this (and the drunken gingerbread decorating)

  2. Karla @ Foodologie April 29, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    Smoked Gouda+Mozzarella+Bacon Jam+Fig Jam+Dijon Mustard!
    Sounds amazing!

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