Thomas Jefferson, Caramel Apple, Bacon Brie, Caramelized Onion, and Much More

Grilled Cheese Roundup: Thomas Jefferson, Caramel Apple, Bacon Brie, Caramelized Onion, and Much More

Another, somewhat longer, installation of the Grilled Cheese Roundup. Hope you enjoy, especially because somehow Thomas Jefferson and cheese are mentioned in the same sentence!

Thomas Jefferson & Cheese

Thomas Jefferson & Cheese


A case could be made that one of the American founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, helped popularize Italy’s Parmesan cheese in America.

It seems likely that Thomas Jefferson, an educated man who enjoyed living well, had tasted Parmesan cheese in American homes even before becoming the U.S. ambassador to France. He took up this post in 1786, long before Parmesan began to be called Parmigiano Reggiano® cheese.

Who would have thought that Thomas Jefferson was a fan of Parmesan cheese and wanted to bring it to the States? I surely didn’t! Smartly, though, he realized that trying to produce true Parmesan cheese in the United States was futile as part of the allure of the cheese was the fact that it was produced in Italy itself. Regardless, his love for Parmesan cheese, definitely helped begin the intrigue of such an awesome cheese.

Caramel Apple Grilled Cheese

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is

Caramel Apple Grilled Cheese

(courtesy How Sweet It Is)

Fall is in the air and the leaves are changing color. That means it is time for a fall grilled cheese. Caramel apple‘s tend to show up in grocery stores and farmers markets at this time of year so why not try it as a grilled cheese? This amazing sandwich uses REAL caramel sauce and honeycrisp apples to make a unique and wonderful fall grilled cheese.

Bacon Brie and Fig Jam Grilled Cheese

Tara @ Smells Like Home

Bacon Brie and Fig Jam Grilled Cheese

(courtesy Smells Like Home)

With me keeping Kosher and not eating bacon, I normally wouldn’t post this sandwich. However, it looks good and fig is a unique ingredient that seems to be popping up as of late. Plus, just because I don’t eat bacon, doesn’t mean the rest of the world doesn’t eat it also. Brie and fig jam (and bacon) seems like a great combination that should be tried by all the bacon lovers out there (which I know there are a ton).

Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese

Kelsey @ The Naptime Chef

Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese

(courtesy The Naptime Chef)

I love caramelized onions. I really, really love caramelized onions. The flavor is simply amazing. So when I saw The Naptime Chef made a grilled cheese consisting of caramelized onions (and swiss cheese), I had to post it for everyone to see.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich Inspiration

Chris Rochelle @ CHOW

Grilled Cheese Sandwich Inspiration

(courtesy CHOW)

When someone posts a gallery of 10 original grilled cheese sandwich creations, how can I not post it? The above, “Cheezy Peas,” features mild cheddar and cooked peas. Looks and sounds pretty good to me! Other creations include “The Swiss Fun Guy,” featuring gruyère cheese, sautéed mushrooms, shallots, and fresh thyme; “Cruciferous Cheese Sandwich,” featuring gruyère cheese and thinly sliced roasted cauliflower; “Garlic Fries Melt,” featuring white cheddar cheese, thinly sliced roasted potatoes, and whole roasted garlic cloves. Definitely take a look through yourself and see which one is your favorite!

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One Comment

  1. hehehe PEAS PLEASE! 😛 Thats a pretty interesting sandwich! And almost not surprising about Thomas Jefferson being responsible for bringing Parmesan cheese to the US 🙂

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