If you are looking for alternatives to the Make Your Own Pizza party, Martha Stewart suggested on Oprah that you throw a Grilled Cheese party for grown ups. I think it is a great idea! Everybody loves grilled cheese sandwiches.
Like most comfort food, the grilled cheese sandwiches has raised to new heights lately. The key is to upgrade the basic ingredients. I prepare my upscale grilled cheese with a port wine infused aged cheddar and a French baguette. It’s divine! I adapted the recipe from Pullman, an excellent wine and tapas restaurant in Montreal. Other recipes that are worth a try are:
- Gruyère grilled cheese with layers of prosciutto, arugula and tomato – top picture
- Fresh-Fig and Fontina grilled cheese
- Gruyère, Apple and Sage on Rye
How to Throw a Grilled Cheese Party
The preparation is easy. Make sure to get a nice cheese selection, bake or buy at your local bakery several bread types, and serve many condiments from charcuterie to cut vegetables, cut fruits, fresh herbs and green leaves. Beside aged cheddar, look for delicious Gruyère, Emmental, Fontina and Jarlsberg cheeses. If you host a party for a large group, set up two stations. This way, everyone has easy access to the food.
Grilled cheese sandwiches are best cooked at low heat since it gives time for the cheese to melt. Therefore, you can use table burners to provide a cooking surface to more people. The idea is to allow your guests to eat together.
One last thing, prepare in advance a soup and a couple of salads to be your side dishes. Tell me, what is your favorite grilled cheese sandwich recipe?
+ How to Make Your Own Grilled Cheese Bar by Martha Stewart on Oprah