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Roasted Poblano Grilled Cheese

Roasted Poblano Grilled Cheese

I have been a fan of Kerrygold cheese for as long as I can remember. Their sharp Cheddars and Dubliner are simply fantastic and up there with some of the best cheeses around. With that being said, I was extremely excited when I received an…

A GrilledShane Year In Review + Contest

A GrilledShane Year In Review + Contest

Never before have I done a “year in review” post. Never before have I had a year like this past year. 2012. So much has happened, while at  the same time, so much has not happened. It has been a year that began with promise…

Grilled Cheese Roundup: Bonobos, Cranberry Brie, Balsamic Brussels Sprouts and More Grilled Cheese Goodness

Grilled Cheese Roundup: Bonobos, Cranberry Brie, Balsamic Brussels Sprouts and More Grilled Cheese Goodness

With everything that has been going on in my life, including my first ever book signing, work and Thanksgiving, I had no time to sift through all of my grilled cheese Google alerts that were cluttering up my inbox. I had alerts dating back until November 23, just waiting to be looked at but the list grew as I continued to be too busy. That stopped today, when I was off of work and not feeling well. I wanted to rest so I why not sit on the computer and find some great grilled cheese recipes to post? That I did, and here they are.

Bonobos Ninjas
Bonobos customer service representatives are called Ninjas.

Bonobos

You might ask why I am leading off this Grilled Cheese Roundup with talk of “Bonobos,” a brand or company you may have never even heard of. Well, that is actually a good question. Everyone out there needs to realize how awesome and fun this company is. Granted, I have only bought two pairs of pants from them, but they have me as a customer (and advocate) for life.

I recently bought a very nice coat from Bonobos. Unfortunately, it did not fit, but it appeared that they had a larger size that may work. I went through their very easy exchange process and was all set. I then made sure to email them just to make sure. They were actually out of the larger size but were very happy to help me in anyway they could. After a couple of emails back and forth, I received one email that started with this…

Hey Shane,
Sorry about the trouble here, all we ever wanted to be was your tomato soup and we definitely messed up here. It’s as if we used margarine instead of butter.

…and concluded with this…

Till then, sorry for the cheese up. I’m all grilled up about it.

It took me a second to realize that this Bonobos employee saw my grilled cheese email signature and took it upon himself to totally be corny, in a most awesome way. It gets better though. After I replied saying how awesome that was, another Bonobos employee replied with this…

Recipe for you:
Haloumi, sliced lemon and french bread (nearly crostini). Soak first two in lil’ bit o’ lemon juice, olive oil, salt and dill for a bit. Brush that on the bread and grill/castiron/nonstick skillet everything (including rind-on lemon slices). Stack, dress with a bit more of the mixture.

Since I am such a strong fan of the company and their employees, this recipe is definitely something I will be trying very soon. Sounds simple but also refreshing and delicious. But everyone needs to realize how awesome it is that I received a grilled cheese recipe from Bonobos, simply because I emailed them regarding an exchange that went a little haywire.

Cranberry Brie Grilled Cheese
Joy @ Joy The Baker

Cranberry Brie Grilled Cheese

(courtesy joy the baker)

I am posting this one a little late, as cranberries are typically a Thanksgiving item, but that doesn’t mean you couldn’t break the rules. Plus, I mean, look at that melted Brie in the photo…it looks amazing. Brie and like cheeses are just so unique in flavor that when made in any grilled cheese, you know you are going to have a great sandwich.

Balsamic Brussels Sprouts Grilled Cheese
Jessica @ How Sweet it Is

Balsamic Brussels Sprouts Grilled Cheese

(courtesy how sweet it is)

Brussels sprouts: you either love them or hate them. On one hand, my mom loves them, on the other hand, most of America and myself do not.

I tend to assume that most people (read: all) love brussels sprouts when they are shredded into tiny pieces and combined with salt and garlic and balsamic and then layered in between thick, melty cheese and toasted bread, because if I like them? With this ridiculous. childish palate? Then everyone has to like them. Right? Right. Honestly, I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying something that tastes this good.

However, when you put it like that, brussels sprouts really don’t sound that bad after all.

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Balsamic Glaze
Ann @ Garnish with Lemon

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Balsamic Glaze

(courtesy garnish with lemon)

This may seem simple after the balsamic brussels sprouts grilled cheese, but I am such a fan of balsamic that even the simplest grilled cheese with balsamic would be delicious. Plus, this is a balsamic glaze that you use as a dip for the appetizer grilled cheese sandwiches. Yum! Such a great and creative idea.

Grilled Cheese With Tomato, Pickles And Potato Chips
She Knows

Grilled Cheese With Tomato, Pickles And Potato Chips

(courtesy She Knows)

Potato Chips. In a grilled cheese. ‘Nough said.

Grilled Cheese Bread Bowl
Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack

Tomato Spinach Grilled Cheese Bread Bowl

(courtesy Vegan Yack Attack)

Panera has made me a lover of bread bowls so I was very intrigued when I stumbled upon a grilled cheese bread bowl. Very creative and delicious looking.

Today was a day to do things a little differently, though. I’ve had some bread bowl loaves hanging out in my freezer, and I was just waiting for the perfect recipe to use them. What I thought of was an amalgamation of things that I love! One being tomato soup (with spinach in this case), another being sourdough bread bowls, and lastly, some cheddar shreds. All of the ingredients came together beautifully, with the browned bread bowl with its flavorful soupy filling and cheesy topping; it is definitely the epitome of comfort food.

Creamy Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese Croutons
Sarah @ Two Blue Lemons

Creamy Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese Croutons

(courtesy Two Blue Lemons)

Grilled cheese croutons seem to be the newest craze but something that I completely condone. Especially when they are photographed so well.

Guest Blog: First book signing for <em>Melt: 100 Amazing Adventures in Grilled Cheese</em>

Guest Blog: First book signing for Melt: 100 Amazing Adventures in Grilled Cheese

Just a few days ago, November 30, I held my first book signing in support of my first grilled cheese cookbook, Melt: 100 Amazing Adventures in Grilled Cheese. I was planning to write a recap, when I started and unfortunately, got nowhere. Thankfully though, my…

Grilled Cheese Roundup: Fall Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Quark, Grilled Cheese Rolls and More

Grilled Cheese Roundup: Fall Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Quark, Grilled Cheese Rolls and More

It is the time of year when pumpkin, and apples, are found in everything from coffee drinks to ice cream. Grilled cheese sandwiches are not immune to this fall craze and so I begin this Grilled Cheese Roundup with a couple of delicious recipes for…

Cabot Sharp Light Cheddar & Scrambled Egg Grilled Cheese

Cabot Sharp Light Cheddar & Scrambled Egg Grilled Cheese

Recently, I created a unique grilled cheese, highlighting Cabot Jalapeno Light Cheddar, which was sent directly from Cabot. The Chili Mayo & Cabot Jalapeno Light Cheddar Grilled Cheese, turned out amazingly well and was absolutely delicious. The only problem was, I had yet to use the Cabot Light Sharp Cheddar that was also sent to me. It was time to correct that.

Cabot Sharp Light Cheddar Cheese

Yes, all of this cheese was sent to me free of charge. Yes, all of this cheese is light. Yes, all of this cheese is delicious, including the Jalapeno Light Cheddar. In my previous Cabot entry, I said the cheese was good and recommended it to everyone. That opinion hasn’t changed in the least, it has actually become more concrete and more intense. While making this grilled cheese and other meals, I constantly found myself grating some while also slicing pieces to eat. Some go into the grilled cheese, some go in the mouth. The flavor and texture of this Sharp Light Cheddar combine for a really good cheese that you wouldn’t realize was light unless you saw the packaging. Again, I strongly recommend Cabot Jalapeno Light Cheddar and Cabot Light Sharp Cheddar to all that are currently reading…and not just because Cabot was so kind to send it to me for free. Continue reading Cabot Sharp Light Cheddar & Scrambled Egg Grilled Cheese

The First <em>Melt: 100 Amazing Adventures in Grilled Cheese</em> Contest

The First Melt: 100 Amazing Adventures in Grilled Cheese Contest

Now that I have received my copies of Melt: 100 Amazing Adventures in Grilled Cheese (and many of you have as well), I figure it is time to give away a free, signed, copy of the book. Now is as as good of a time as any,…

Grilled Cheese Roundup: 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 (courtesy Parmesan.com) A case could be made that one of the American founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson,…

Chili Mayo & Jalapeno Cabot Grilled Cheese

Chili Mayo & Jalapeno Cabot Grilled Cheese

A few weeks ago, I received an email from Cabot asking me if I would like to try their “Light” cheeses as they are in the process of rolling out new packaging. I thought about it for a split second and then replied saying, in slightly different words, “Hell Yes!” I chose Light Sharp Cheddar (to be used in a future grilled cheese) as well as Jalapeno Light Cheddar (used in this grilled cheese) and the cheeses were eventually shipped. The cheese arrived over a week ago and on my first free day, I made a grilled cheese. For some reason, my inspiration came from fish tacos and I held on to that idea while I went to Whole Foods to purchase the rest of the ingredients. (Spoiler: The end result looks nothing like fish tacos. It doesn’t even include fish! It does include delicious chili mayo, though.) Continue reading Chili Mayo & Jalapeno Cabot Grilled Cheese

Mini-Grilled Cheese Roundup: Apple Cheddar, Manchego Balsamic Onion & Fig Gouda

Mini-Grilled Cheese Roundup: Apple Cheddar, Manchego Balsamic Onion & Fig Gouda

I was just looking through my Google Alerts for grilled cheese and found three interesting/intriguing recipes for amazing grilled cheese  sandwiches. Since I know I won’t be able to a grilled cheese featuring Cabot Cheesethat was sent to me complimentary, I thought I would do…