It’s Grilled Cheese Day (the highlight of Grilled Cheese Month, we’re told) so we thought we’d pay homage to the gooey delightfulness of this taste treat with some ideas on how to go global with it. Because there are so many amazing cheeses in the world, you should have no problem coming up with even some of your very own great ideas. Here are a few for a jumping off point in your delicious detour through grilled cheese wonderlands of the world.
Quebecois: Quebec’s Le Baluchon was named cheese of the year in the inaugural Canadian Cheese Awards. What could be better than to pair this luscious semi-soft organic cheese with some good old Canadian bacon? Well, perhaps if you serve it with some French fries and a little pickle. Yum, yum and yum.
Italiano: Fontina, Tomato and Prosciutto – If you want your mouth to do a happy dance, putting the creamy, melty deliciousness of smooth Fontina cheese together with the juiciness of ripe tomato. Add a little heated (or if you’re feeling very Italian – crispy fried) prosciutto to the mix and top with your favorite green. You’ll be yelling “Mangia!” between bites.
Cyprus Celebration: We love a tangy cheese that melts into something with a crunch on top and a gooey middle. And nothing fits the bill better than Halloumi cheese. You can read more about it in our little story Hello Halloumi. Whether you make a salad or a sandwich, this incredible cheese was made to be grilled.
Barcelona Baby: Need we really say it? Melt some aged Manchego and Serrano ham, or if you’re really gonna go for it, include some Iberico ham. You’ll never be the same.
And then, there’s the Good Old-Fashioned American cheese slapped between two crusts of buttered bread. Cooked until gooey cheese meets crispy perfection. Something any purist would proudly inhale.
Whether you go all Greek with grilled feta cheese on olive bread, feel a little French with some melted brie on brioche or baguette, sling a little Swiss Emmentaler, Dutch Gouda or German Butterkäse, grilled cheese provides a world of options. If you’re looking for a little more inspiration, be sure to check out the Grilled Cheese Acadamy, whose incredible list of recipes is one of the best we’ve ever seen. Now, go get grilling and happy weekend!
THE QUICK BITE: It’s Grilled Cheese Day (the highlight of Grilled Cheese Month, we’re told) so we thought we’d pay homage to the gooey delightfulness of this taste treat with some ideas on how to go global with it.