Be the MVP of your party with this fun and delicious Grilled Cheese Bar! Get creative with the ingredients, let your guests build their own sandwiches and then award prizes for the more unique sandwiches.
The matchup for the big game is set. I’m not talking the weekly round of Risk with your friends from high school or the friendly game of Clue with your kids. I’m talking the Super Bowl. I’m talking the culmination of an entire season of games. 256 awesome, edge-of-your-seat games. (Ok, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration…especially if the New York Jets were involved.) The Super Bowl also marks the end of the football season, but I’ll mourn that next week. Aside from the actual game (and the commercials), we all know that the Super Bowl is about delicious food. Make sure you’re prepared for the big game with this awesome Grilled Cheese Bar!
If you’re a football fanatic like me, then you’ve probably been watching the playoffs for the past several weeks hoping for the best possible matchup for the Super Bowl. But what if football isn’t your thing? Well, you better take a crash course this week so you can at least pretend you know something about the gridiron. (The gridiron is just another name for the football field, BTW.) For starters, this year’s Super Bowl is XLIX, which is just a fancy Roman numeral way of saying #49. As a former Latin teacher, I’m resisting the urge to launch into a lesson on Roman numerals. Just trust me.
So you really want to impress your friends with your Super Bowl prowess? Then slip in that Don Shula coached in more Super Bowls (6) than any other coach. Or perhaps the fact that no punt has ever been returned for a touchdown in the Super Bowl. (Nope, it hasn’t happened…yet.) Then you can really stump the crowd with this one: What 4 franchises (including relocation and renaming) have never been to a Super Bowl? (Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans) If there’s anyone at your party that knows the answer to that one, then they deserve a special treat. Like a delicious sandwich from your Grilled Cheese Bar!
So enough of the Trivial Pursuit: Super Bowl Edition. Let’s get on to the food! (After all, we all know the tasty appetizers are half the fun of any Super Bowl party) Today’s recipe is more of an idea than an actual recipe. Consider this one something like a DIY-craft…involving delicious ingredients. For your Super Bowl get together this year, consider welcoming your guests with a Grilled Cheese Bar. Lay out an assortment of different types of bread, cheeses and ingredients…and let your guests build their own glorious sandwich. Heck, turn it into a contest and award prizes for whoever builds the best and
worst “most unique” sandwiches. (You can be the judge of the best, and then let someone else judge the “unique” category.)
For me, my ideal grilled cheese sandwich involves cheddar and Gouda cheese, bacon and pickled jalapenos on rustic bread. Oh, and I love to put herbs on the outside of my sandwich before I grill it up. After you spread the butter on the bread, just sprinkle on some seasonings. I usually go with just a simple Italian seasoning mix and sprinkle of salt. As the butter melts, those herbs get cooked into the outer portion of the bread…and the result is magical.
I’ve included a list of different breads, cheeses and ingredients below to get you started…but get creative here! Tip: The antipasti bar at your local grocery store is a great way to grab a little bit of all sorts of unique ingredients. Have fun!
Now that I’ve told you about my favorite grilled cheese sandwich, I want to hear about yours! What would you put on your grilled cheese creation?