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How to Throw a Grilled Cheese Party

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Grilled cheese is so much fun. They are simply the best food themed party I’ve had/thrown. It was popular when I hosted a party like this before. Maybe that’s why 54 people showed up to the 4th Annual Grilled Cheese party last month.

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How it works:

Host provides sliced bread, butter/mayo for spreading, and tomato soup.

  • Guests bring the ingredients for their GC recipes they will be making.
  • Each guest prepares 2-4 sandwiches, then each sandwich is cut into 6 pieces.
  • Have a prep station for guests to assemble their sandwiches, while 2-3 other guests make their sandwiches on the stove top.
  • When the Sandwich is finished, put it in the oven with the rest of the sandwiches that are staying warm. Keeping the oven at warm or 200 F keeps them warm, the bread crisp and the cheese gooey.
  • When the oven is full/everyone is finished making their sandwiches, cut them up and serve them.

Also, here’s an important poll that can lead to some very heated debate:

(It’s Kraft Singles, not craft singles. Like, those are very opposite things. I cannot change the poll though.)

Read on to see all the types of sandwiches represented…

My sandwiches included the following:

“The Grounded Buffalo” Buffalo-style cheddar, Gorgonzola, dash of hot sauce

“So Wise, So Nuts” Sage-pistachio garlic pesto, soft herb cheese, sharp cheddar

“Hello, Yes…This is Pizza” Parma Rosa sauce from packet, 7 cheeses, caramelized yellow onion, balsamic reduction

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I put up some poster paper and had guests write their names, sandwich titles and the ingredients.

Here are the rest of the sandwiches from the night:

“Cheesy Chut: The Red-Bearded Goat” Goat cheese, ginger mango chutney

“Boba-Feta” Feta, red onions, avocado

“The Sex Kitten” Brie, chocolate, strawberries

“Chicken Satay Melt” Chicken, cheddar, peanut sauce, avocado, cilantro, Siracha

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“It’s a Date” Asiago, brie, dates, white wine (mustard)

“Italian Stallion” 6 Italian cheese, basil, oregano, Italian bread

“Plato’s Revenge” Manchego, ginger mango chutney, kielbasa

“The Juicy Spread” Pepper jack, yogurt, dill, caramelized onions

“Shallot Get You Another?” Cheddar, brie, shallots, white wine/mustard

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“The Rhode Show” Parmesan, cheddar, brucshetta

“Melted Paradise” Baked brie, pineapple, honey mustard

“Bacon, Bacon, Bacon!” Bacon, provolone, Cheddar, thin tomato slices

“Peaches and Goat” Caramelized peaches, goat cheese, honey, wheat bread

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“The Country Club” Avocado, tomato, bacon, white cheddar

“La Bella Formaggio” Fontina, Asiago, Pecornio Romano

“The Bad Jew” Bacon, Avocado, tomato, mayo, egg, everything bagel

“Fig Man Chu” Manchego, fig jam

“Seigle, vache, d’oignon” Caramelized onion compote, cow’s milk cheese on rye

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“Revenge of the Sex Kitten” Sharp cheddar, thin tomato, honey ham

“Walden’s Sandwich” Gruyere, sun-dried tomato

“ApPEARantly Awesome” Cheddar, blue cheese, pear, walnut, apricot jam

“Jumpin’ Jack Flash” Jack cheese, jalapenos

“Free Cheezy” Seriously sharp cheddar, Gruyere

“Full Melted Jacket” cheddar, pepper jack, jalapenos

“A Few Gouda Men” Gouda, pepper jack, Stilton

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Cocktails are always important during a party like this. I made a large batch of my favorite cocktail that has tequila, mezcal and yellow bell pepper.

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Yay grilled cheese.

2 thoughts on “How to Throw a Grilled Cheese Party

  1. AJ – this looks amazing! We love food-themed parties, especially when they involve bread and cheese. Was there a clear favorite? You know we’d have to make it a competition. 😉

    • Not a clear favorite from what I have heard; these sandwiches went fast once they left the oven. My personal favs were “Seigle, vache, d’oignon”, “Cheesy Chut: The Red-Bearded Goat” and “Shallot Get You Another?”

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