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Monday, February 20, 2012

Gourmet Grilled Cheese Bar

For Henry's birthday party on a budget, I'm most excited about the gourmet grilled cheese bar (with tomato soup in the crockpot--thanks, Ellie!).

The trick to keeping costs low is to offer enough options to make it interesting and fun but not too many that it becomes expensive and wasteful.

My search revealed that Martha Stewart--of course--already came up with the grilled cheese bar idea. Alas, I'm sure it will still be unique and interesting to our guests...

For bread, she recommends:
  • Rye
  • White
  • Sourdough

For cheese, she recommends:

  • Cheddar
  • Gruyère
  • Fontina

Here are some of the combinations she suggests:

  1. Gruyère, Apple, and Sage on Rye
  2. Cheddar, Jalapeno and Cilantro on White
  3. Cheddar, Cherry Preserves, and Basil on White

It might make more sense to just set out some ingredients and let people mix and match in ways that make sense to them. Here are some ingredients that sound good to me:

  • Avocado
  • Strawberries
  • Pear
  • Arugula
  • Tomatoes
  • Pickles
  • Jalapeno jelly
  • Grilled peppers and onions

I need to keep thinking about this...

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Sabina said...

I understand now why you are so excited. This looks yummy.

PT Crusader said...

That sounds so good! Will you grill as you go? It's a great party idea. At our wedding, we passed out grilled cheeses as the night went on and people were imbibing. They were very popular!

Megilon said...

Fig preserves (I get mine at Trader Joes) would work nicely too especially with the Gruyere or the Fontina.

Sara E. Cotner said...

Ooh, fig preserves would be divine! Thanks, Megilon!

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