Friday, April 04, 2014

{The Great Toasted Cheese Sandwich Cook-Off of 2014}

 photo IMG_9567_zps707f7371.jpg I have this group of friends who get together every Thursday night. It's been almost two years and we've only missed a handful of times, which is kind of amazing. I'd say we're like a family but it's more than that. We're like...sitcom friends.

A few weeks ago we were sitting around in Lynette's living room and we came up with a pretty amazing idea which definitely deserves to be talked about in capital letters: A GRILLED CHEESE COOK-OFF.

We'd actually been trying to think of a theme for Robyn's baby shower and one person had said something about spring and another person mentioned something they'd seen on Pinterest and then I'd said, "Grilled cheese!" Because why the heck not? It got vetoed as a shower theme almost instantaneously, but thankfully the idea was resurrected moments later in a slightly different context [because I have a hard time letting things go] and plans for The Great Toasted Cheese Sandwich Cook-Off of 2014 were set in motion. photo IMG_9581_zps0507ee93.jpg Picture it: Every team brings the ingredients for their own grilled cheese secret recipe. The sandwiches are assembled on site and then sliced into fingers so that everyone gets a sample size of every sandwich. There is voting and the best sandwich is awarded, obviously, a trophy.  photo IMG_9580_zps4f163813.jpg There were bacon weaves and caramelized onions and apple pie fillings and basil pesto and special cheeses and fancy sauces and one hefty vat of tomato soup.  photo IMG_9578_zps264c20f7.jpg  photo IMG_9579_zps5643755a.jpg  photo IMG_9582_zps412dd9db.jpg I didn't win. I mean, I won in the sense that I got to taste seven different gourmet grilled cheeses and get very, very full, but the trophy went to this East Indian one with basil pesto and goat cheese. I'm tempted to demand a rematch, just because I want more grilled cheese. photo IMG_9564_zps76ab0e5b.jpg

15 comments:

  1. AGHHGHGHGH I can't eat any dairy right now, so this post is KILLING ME with jealousy. Every sandwich looks so good!

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    1. i totally feel your pain. i was off dairy for three weeks because i thought sullivan was allergic to it, and it suuuuuucked. i didn't know what to eat. apparently i'm more crazy about dairy than i ever knew. the grilled cheese night was actually my first taste of dairy after those awful weeks...

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  2. What a brilliant and delish idea, Suzy!
    Looks rich and decadent.
    Not only the sandwiches but the friends as well ;-)

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    1. absolutely. and yummy. exceptionally yummy.

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  4. What a great idea! This made me want a grilled cheese. The perfect feel-good food.

    Also, if you can get poblano peppers, do yourself a favor and make this:

    http://www.cookingclassy.com/2013/04/chile-relleno-grilled-cheese-sandwich/

    We used premade pico de gallo from the store and didn't use the egg. Rob said it was the best grilled cheese he'd ever had.

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    1. i'm definitely going to look into this. although, in regina, i don't know where i'm going to find poblano peppers. sigh.

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  5. This is incredible. I want to join in. Also, I love that you have sitcom friends, and a bit jealous.

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