Esquire has had one of the best Grilled Cheese Month features going, and now, as the month ends, they’re looking for your vote for Best Grilled Cheese:
Grilled cheese. Yes, it’s simple, but this month has proven just how complex it can be. We’ve seen “temples of curd,” the puritanically standard bacon-and-American grilled cheeses, and heated debates over what exactly constitutes a proper grilled cheese. Does it have to be predominantly cheese? Does it have to be made with sliced bread? Does it have to be made in America? At the end of the day, is it ever worth $12 for something so easy to make at home? In the midst of this glorious, cheesy month, we admittedly did our best to ignore many of those questions, and instead just strove to eat as many as we could, trying not to become too enraptured by the quest while we were at it. Journalistic objectivity be damned, this was a lot of fun, and we’d like to hear from you as well, to help us decide — Who Makes the Most Life-Changing Grilled Cheese?
Vote for your pick in the poll below. We’re well aware that this list will never be complete, so you can continute the conversation in the comments below, on Facebook, or on Twitter at #MostLifeChangingGrilledChz.
contestants include Murrays, Little Muenster, Tartine, and many more.
In their “Eat Like A Man“ column, Esquire magazine has come out of left field to present one of the best month-long series in honor of National Grilled Cheese Month. Featuring sandwiches from across America, unusual recipes, interviews with chefs and more, it’s worth checking it out during April to see what Grilled Cheese inventions they’ll be presenting next.
(via Kirstin Jackson on Twitter.)
Sadly, I missed last weekend’s Big Cheesy 2013 (see my post from last year’s event), but SeriousEats has a good slideshow of the competing grilled cheeses. Melt Shop was declared the big winner for the 2nd year in a row, but all the entries look pretty darn tasty to me:
This weekend, Openhouse brought back their grilled cheese cookoff, The Big Cheesy. There were some heavy-cheese-hitters lines up, namely (the returning champion of cheesiness) Melt Shop, Milk Truck, Lucy’s Whey, Murray’s Cheese Bar, Say Cheese, Sons of Essex, and ‘wichcraft.
We scoped out the event to bring you a blow-by-blow roundup of what NYC’s grilled cheese masters had to offer. Click through the slideshow to see!
Ok, I know this looks like some sort of “Exxxtreme Foodz!” concoction (and yes, it comes from a site called Dude Foods), but it actually sounds kinda good, and uses the Finnish “cheese bread” known as Juustoleipa, which is genuinely tasty. Assuming you substituted a quality cheese, maybe a Landaff or a Beecher’s Flagship, for the processed cheese, this could be pretty great. Via Bon Appetite:
until now, one final frontier of grilled cheese had remained: the all-cheese grilled cheese. No bread, no fillings, just cheese. Nick at Dude Foods managed to pull this off thanks to an invention of America’s cheese headquarters, Wisconsin, called “bread cheese.” It’s made of pressed, baked squeaky cheese curds, based on a Finnish cheese called Juustoleipa (which is fun to say), and it substituted perfectly for the real thing. Nick popped a piece of American cheese between two bread cheese “slices,” sauteed it in some oil, and prayed that he wouldn’t drop dead on the spot.
Read the full story.
(Photo ©2013 Bon Appetite)
Returning to NYC this March: The Big Cheesy! Some of NYC’s finest cheese slingers go head to head in a grilled cheese grill-off, and you get to taste and vote on the entries, enjoy some Sixpoint brews and meet the city’s finest cheesemongers and grilled cheese chefs:
The 3rd annual Big Cheesy grilled cheese competition returns to Openhouse Mulberry Saturday March 23-March 24. Featuring the city’s best sandwich makers, including the champions from Big Cheesy 2011 (Milk Truck) and Big Cheesy 2012 (Melt Shop), you taste all seven but only get to pick one as your favorite! Big Cheesy is the People’s Champs Award for grilled cheese sandwiches in NYC, and this year our lineup is absolutely delicious.
Featuring: Keith Klein’s Milk Truck, Lucy’s Whey, Melt Shop, Murray’s Cheese Bar, Say Cheese UWS, Sons of Essex and ‘wichcraft. And, Brooklyn’s own Sixpoint Brewery.
The Big Cheesy is March 23 + 24 from noon to seven pm. Tickets are $25, same as last year (no inflation, and these aren’t gas prices!), and you’ll get one hour to taste, sample, discuss, marinate on all the creative recipes and celebrate the classic American sandwich. Sixpoint is coming through with Sweet Action, Bengali Tiger, Crisp and Righteous Ale. A beautiful afternoon for all!
Get your tickets now, last year tickets went fast for prime time slots, and I’m guessing this year will be busier still.
Huffington Post Taste features 25 grilled cheese recipes, culled from restaurants, cooking blogs and cookbooks:
In terms of comfort food, grilled cheese is the comfiest. Not only does it evoke memories of childhood dinners, it also makes for the perfect winter meal when paired with hot soup.
As much as we adore and often crave the American cheese rendition of these beloved sandwiches, trying out different cheeses and add-ons is always a rewarding experience. We piled dill pickles, tomatoes and deli meats on our grilled cheese as kids, but are ready to explore some more new toppings.
Here are 25 of the gooiest, tastiest grilled cheese recipes we could wrangle up.
Check out all the recipes here.
(Photos ©2013 Huffington Post and original sources)
Luke Holden and company have decided to update the chainlet’s menu for the first time in three years, adding a lobster grilled cheese loaded with lobster, Gruyère, and white bread from Maine. They’re selling hot cider by the cup, seasonal Maine beers at their Upper East and Upper West Side locations, and two kinds of vegetable soup made by Hurricane’s Soup, a Maine company whose name (and chowders) predate Sandy.
(Photo ©2012 Luke’s Lobster)
Seems pretty obvious once you see it, don’t it, and yet it never would have occurred to me… (via foodrepublic.com):
Hack Of The Day: How To Make Grilled Cheese In A Toaster
Well, it’s more like WITH a toaster. You’ll see.
This has to be the easiest hack ever. You just turn your toaster on its side, carefully load in two slices of bread topped with cheese, push the lever and watch one of the most beautiful broiling processes known to mankind.
Then UNPLUG THE TOASTER, nudge the slices out with a still-preferably-not-metal implement, and smush them together into a sandwich or eat them open-faced. Why this step? Because when I tried this experiment in my apartment, I shot two hot pieces of molten cheese-covered toast across my kitchen — all in the spirit of not messing up a pan and spatula. That’s why I experiment first and hit “publish” second. Or sometimes not at all.
(Photo ©2012 foodrepublic.com)
Serious Eats Reviews 16 of the best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in NYC. If you’re looking for where to go for your next melted cheese delight, this is a pretty good cheat-sheet to work off of:
Cheese is delicious. Melted cheese is more delicious. Why, exactly? The gooey factor is nice, and the heat of a griddle or sandwich press brings out entirely new flavors and textures, the makings of some of our favorite sandwiches. In honor of the greatness that is melted cheese, we’ve looked back on some of our favorite New York Grilled Cheeses. Whether it’s a nutty French affair paired with a fancy jam, or simply white bread hugging American slices next to a bowl of tomato soup, grilled cheese is the best, and these are the best of the best.
- Grilled Cheese at Bouchon Bakery
- Grilled Kimcheese at Porsena Extra Bar
- A Taleggio sandwich at Murray’s Cheese Shop
- The Green Table’s Grilled Cheese
- Asiago, Muenster, Parmesan, Butternut Squash at Little Muenster
- All American at Murray’s Cheese Shop
- Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Tomato at Westville West
- Fig and Cheese at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
- Imperial Grilled Cheese at 61 Local
- Gouda Grilled Cheese at Queens Kickshaw in Astoria
- Grilled Cheese and Tomato Bisque at Slightly Oliver
- Grilled Cheese with Chorizo and Bacon at Eggs Travaganza
- Grilled Cheese at The Spotted Pig
- Classic Melt at Murray’s Cheese Bar
- Cheddar and Mozzarella at Queens Kickshaw in Astoria
- Grilled Cheese at Tiny’s Giant Sandwich Shop
Check out the slideshow and reviews at Serious Eats!
(Photos ©2012 Serious Eats)
Via SlyOyster, the Grilled Cheese Donut:
At the Tom + Chee cafes in Cincinnati, Ohio, grilled cheese donut sammys are on the menu. The grilled cheese has become something of a bohemian, fancy food item in the last few years, which is fine by us. However, there’s nothing quite like a grilled cheese with Wonder Bread and gooey orange American cheese, right? Swapping out the white bread for puffy, glazed donut deliciousness is either a stroke of genius or madness. Probably both.
Perhaps even more impressive than the existence of this sammy is that the menu items are so affordable at Tom + Chee. If this existed at a NYC restaurant it would probably sell for a lot more than $4. [via laughingsquid]