1st 6th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational!

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Hi folks! So I entered the Grilled Cheese Invitational for the first time along with two of my friends. I decided to give it a go for each of their four category and I made it into the top ten rankings for two of em. Complete list of results are here.

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Missionary
St. Yoon’s Missionary

The rules for the Missionary category was strictly white bread, yellow cheese (American or cheddar), and regular butter. I used Cake House’s “buttered bread” which browned nicely, a mix of Kraft American singles and sharp cheddar, and a delicious fleur de sel French butter. This was my favorite of all my sandwiches. I have a soft spot for classics. Any other grilled cheeses are just an homage to the og sammy.

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Spoons 8th place!
Spoony Yoons

Now the Spoons category expands the boundaries a bit by allowing any kind of bread, any kind of cheese, and any kind of butter. However no extra ingredients whatsoever are allowed. I ended up making my spoons sandwich with Trader Joe’s garlic-cheddar sourdough, sharp cheddar, comte, truffled Italian cheese, and black truffle butter. The sourdough crisped up so nicely and looks appetizing speckled with truffles for the truffle lover. That would be me! I got 8th place in this category. I wonder what the other winning sandwiches were like. My friend Allison got 9th place with her Ultimate Queso sandwich.

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Kama Sutra 6th place!
Queso Nirvana

Kama Sutra was a freestyle category. The only thing a contender had to abide by was to keep the ratio of cheese to other ingredients 6:4. I ended up baking a bacon-gruyere loaf for the Spoons category but accidentally ended up using it for this category. By the time I had smeared romesco on the slices it was too late to salvage them. But it ended up working out because the garlic-cheddar worked well for the truffle flavored sandwich and the bacon-gruyere bread turned out to be perfect for my romesco inspired sandwich. After the smear of romesco on one side the sandwiches were layered with pepperjack, smoked gouda, chopped Nueske’s bacon, and roasted jalapenos. Since Nueske bacon is super smoky the toasting bread gave off such a nice aroma. When I was serving them at the competition I topped each mini sandwich with a round sliver of fresh jalapeno for an extra kick and final little juicy crunch. I got 6th place in this category. Number one spot was gloriously snatched up by Chef Eric Greenspan of Foundry.

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Honey Pot
Cinna Toast Redux

I didn’t get placed for the Honey Pot category which is a dessert version of the freestyle similarly just requiring 60% cheese. My sandwich which started off as a cinnamon toast somehow turned into a strawberries and cream sorta ‘wich. Whipped cream cheese flavored with lemon and orange zest, brown sugar and honey was sandwiched between two slices of brioche along with macerated strawberries and toasted hazelnuts. It was then dusted with cinnamon powdered sugar and speared on top with a little section of a strawberry. Unfortunately I forgot the strawberry and sugar on about half of my samples so that might have cost me. My friend Ellen got an honorable 7th place with her Moons Over My Sammie sandwich though!

All in all it was a fun silly time. Sooo much bread, cheese and butter. Allegedly there were many contestants cheating but I was too busy grilling my sandwiches to really notice. No matter how arbitrary an event seems cheating at something like grilled cheese seems a little ridiculous. Kind of takes all the fun out of it, no? I hope all the cheating didn’t affect my rankings at all because that would really suck big time. For the pounds of cheese and loaves of bread I went through, and minutes spent grilling it up (and perhaps inches gained on my waist) I think I at least deserve a fair chance! Now time to go work off the cheese…

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17 thoughts on “1st 6th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational!

  1. I definitely thought your kama sutra should have placed higher!!!

    I’m sure your honey pot would have placed if we remembered to dust all the bread w/ cinnamon….I think less than 1/2 actually got the cinnamon.

  2. Drooool……I’m in grilled cheese heaven. I’ll always be 12 and always love grilled cheese. I would eat the kama sutra three meals a day if my long term health was not a concern!

    Congrats!

  3. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!! I’d make a meal out of any (or all) of them. They look amazing. When ya gonna have your very own grilled cheese par-tay?

  4. You should submit the sammy shots to Cuteoverload.com. The little cheesy tongues hanging out of the toasty bread is too prosh! They almost make the sammies too adorable to eat.

    Your “Spoons” sammich was a knock-out. Mmmm…

  5. dude! i am *so* gonna check you and your grilled babies next year! so sad that i missed it this year!

    you can never go wrong with cheeeeeeese! mmmmm…..

  6. hi everyone! thanks for all your responses. i have one whole year to practice before i bust out my grilled cheese babies again! πŸ˜€ on a serious note – cheese rules.

  7. i made grilled cheese for lunch yesterday with bacon and tomato. it didn’t even come close to you, yang, or chock’s concoctions.

    i stick to black eyed peas and ham hocks.

  8. hi cheila,
    there’s been so much cheese in my life lately. not complaining though. πŸ™‚

    hi imani,
    you do not even know how excited i am for your black eyed peas!!

    hi scott,
    some contestants were having assisting friends fill out their own ballots instead of delivering it to the voting audience. an obvious conflict of interest since friends will put very high or the highest marks possible to jack up the score. each sandwich was ranked based on only twenty votes so you can imagine even a few would really help. very silly imo!

    thanks for your vote nhbilly! πŸ˜‰

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