Grilled cheese … I could stop right there and drift off into la la comfort food land ( yes it’s a place I frequent), but before I do, can we talk grilled cheese? Is there anything more soul satisfying than crispy buttery toasted bread oozing with melted cheese? Before I became a fancy shmancy chef and started adding all kinds of goodies to my grilled cheese, I was just a little girl who walked home from school in the snow for lunch. A little girl in love with white bread, butter, and sliced American cheese.
I grew up in the midwest, in the small town of Wheaton Illinois, a small suburb of Chicago. One of my fondest memories is trudging home through the freezing snow, bundled from head to toe . Piece by piece my mom would unravel me and once all of the scarves, hats, jackets, and gloves hit the ground I could sit at the kitchen table to enjoy my lunch. Lunch was usually 1 of 2 things , a piping hot plate of homemade french fries & ketchup or my favorite, a melty grilled cheese sandwich and hot chocolate.
I was tickled when I was asked to participate in promoting the Great Midwest I LOVE GRILLED CHEESE recipe contest, it brought back so many great memories and reminded me of why I can never resist a grilled cheese sandwich or a slice of sharp cheddar on my apple pie (it’s a midwest thing). I cannot explain to you how excited I was to sample so many delicious flavors of Great Midwest Cheese – Apple Cinnamon Cheddar, Chipotle Cheddar, Mango Fire Cheddar, Caesar Jack, and then of course there was the Blueberry Cobbler Cheddar! These are the kind of irresistible flavor combinations that could keep a girl like me up at night dreaming of recipes. Choosing just one cheese to share with you was a hard decision, but once I tasted the Blueberry Cobbler, I knew it was the winner. The Blueberry Cobbler is a medium sharp cheddar with nutty Parmesan notes. The highlight of the cheese is the slightly sweet flavor of the blueberries in the background, you can see their bright purple flecks throughout the cheese – so pretty.
In the grilled cheese sandwich the fresh blueberries warm inside while the cheese is melting and then burst in your mouth when you take a bite. They taste warm and sweet on your tongue like cobbler or blueberry jam. The bacon adds a little salty smokiness to the mix and the sour dough, well … it just felt right. Don’t get too excited and add too much bacon, the cheese is salty on its own and a little bacon goes a long way. This Blueberry Cobbler & Bacon Grilled Cheese is that sweet and savory cheesy sandwich you have been dreaming of. I know it would WIN the contest for sure, except I don’t think I can enter …
Why not come up with your own grilled cheese recipe and enter? You could win the grand prize of a weekend trip to a city in the Great Midwest , one of 2 Cuisinart Panini Presses for the silver prizes or the bronze tier prizes consist of 5 winners that will win a grilled cheese cookbook.
Participants will be judged on;
1.The use of Great Midwest Cheese
To receive BONUS points don’t forget to share your participation on Facebook! Be sure to tag @greatmidwest in your Facebook post!
More Mouthwatering Melts around the web
Sandwich ala Manchego, Fig, Jam, and Prosciutto – Nicole at Presley’s Pantry
World’s Best Grilled Cheese Recipe – Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious
Spinach and Artichoke – by Joy the Baker
Blueberry Cobbler Cheddar & Bacon Grilled Cheese