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Grilled Cheese Party

Cheese please!! When Président Cheese approached me about reinventing a classic cheese dish for their new digital showcase “Art of Cheese“, I jumped at the chance to host a Grilled Cheese party. I’ve been wanting to plan a party like this for a while, so it was fun to actually make it happen. My friend Andrea came up with 4 easy grilled cheese recipes that we served to our guests. But, it would also be fun to mix and match the toppings and cheeses and get creative with the recipes! For more fun recipes and entertaining ideas, make sure you check out the Art of Cheese website. Right now they’re hosting a special Pinterest Sweepstakes where you could win $50 worth of their cheese varieties. What’s your favorite kind of grilled cheese sandwich?

Grilled Cheese Party | Oh Happy Day!Grilled Cheese Party | Oh Happy Day!

Grilled Cheese Party | Oh Happy Day!

Manchego Grilled Cheese with Fig and Olive Salad – Inspired by the amazing mix of flavors that make up Spanish tapas, starring the ultimate Spanish cheese. 

Step 1: Start with two slices of sturdy bread, such as french or sourdough. Spread one slice with fig jam (optional). Grate Président Manchego cheese and carefully pile on top. Butter outside of sandwich.
Step 2: Heat a grill pan to medium heat. Cook on each side until golden brown and cheese is melted.
Step 3: Top with olive tapenade (often available fresh in the refrigerated section next to good cheeses, or jarred in the olive aisle), and a few thin slices of red onion. Also try with serrano ham!

Brie Grilled Cheese with Pears and Salted Caramel – The most decadent grilled cheese sandwich ever.

Step 1: Slice Président Brie Round and arrange between two slices of sturdy bread, such as french or sourdough. Butter outside of sandwich.
Step 2: Heat a grill pan to medium heat. Cook on each side until golden brown and cheese is melted.
Step 3: Top with chopped fresh, ripe pears and drizzle with salted caramel sauce. The pears are also excellent cooked inside the sandwich. Or try with apples!

Creamy Pepper Grilled Cheese with Jalapenos and Bacon – A surprise favorite, creamy and crispy and bursting with flavor. And addictive like it’s cousin, the jalapeno popper.

Step 1: Spread two slices of sturdy bread, such as french or sourdough, with a thick layer of Président Pepper Medley Gourmet Cheese. Butter outside of sandwich.
Step 2: Heat a grill pan to medium heat. Cook on each side until golden brown and cheese is warm and slightly melty.
Step 3: Top with chopped crispy bacon and a few slices of roasted jalapenos (see below) or jarred pickled jalapenos. Also excellent with the jalapenos and bacon cooked inside the sandwich.

Roasted jalapenos: Slice jalapenos in half lengthwise. Carefully remove seeds with a sharp knife, avoiding skin contact if possible. Place slices face down on a baking sheet. Roast in a 400 degree oven for 12-15 minutes, until softened and skin has started to brown. Allow to cool and remove the skin.

Camembert Grilled Cheese with Strawberries and Balsamic Vinegar – The sweet and tart flavors make for a simple and sophisticated springtime twist on the sweet and tart of ketchup. An instant classic!

Step 1: Slice Président Camembert Round and arrange between two slices of sturdy bread, such as french or sourdough. Butter outside of sandwich.
Step 2: Heat a grill pan to medium heat. Cook on each side until golden brown and cheese is melted.
Step 3: Top with fresh chopped strawberries and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Also excellent with brie!

Grilled Cheese Party | Oh Happy Day!Grilled Cheese Party | Oh Happy Day!

This post is sponsored by Président Cheese. Visit ArtofCheese.com to get more recipes and entertaining ideas & to enter the Pinterest Cheese Discovery Dollars sweepstakes! 

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Photos by Ashley Batz for Oh Happy Day
Food by Andrea Pimental
Styling by Alison Piepmeyer

  1. Jordan

    April 1, 2014

    Yes, yes, yes! Love that everyone gets to make up their own! Inspiring!

  2. Lisette Wolter-McKinley

    April 1, 2014

    What a fun idea for a party!

  3. Jesse

    April 1, 2014

  4. Emily

    April 1, 2014

    Love this! We have grilled cheese night at our house and we love mixing toppings and cheeses. My favorite find so far is smoked gouda and pulled pork! We’ll have to try these new combos now.

  5. Leah / Freutcake

    April 1, 2014

    Yum! Who wouldn’t like that?!

  6. morgan

    April 1, 2014

    NOM. recipes look amazing (and I love the handled ingredient bowls)!

  7. maggie

    April 1, 2014

    These all look incredible. I wish cheese loved me as much as I love it…unfortunately it makes me break out a bit. But it may be worth it for these tasty treats.

  8. DontBlameTheKids

    April 1, 2014

    Oh, my heart…from the heart attack resulting in the sheer deliciousness of everything you just did there. Because, yes, if I am invited to a grilled cheese party (and I really hope I am), then I most certainly am going to eat absolutely everything.

  9. Lil

    April 1, 2014

    These look absolutely delicious. Mmm.

  10. Chrystin

    April 1, 2014

    I’m drooling over here just looking at the photos! What a great idea! I’d love to do a grilled cheese night once a week for me & my husband!

    Kisses from Buenos Aires xx
    http://amateandarottweiler.blogspot.com.ar/

  11. chelsea

    April 1, 2014

    This sounds amazing! Filing this one back for the next time I want to throw a party!

  12. Anna

    April 1, 2014

    Gooooood ideas. My favorite grilled cheese is two pieces of bread with jalapeño poppers on the inside, the whole thing deep fried, and toped with jam. Boom.

    • jordan
      • jordan
      • April 1, 2014

      YUM! Can’t wait to try this.

  13. Krystal

    April 1, 2014

    No words. This looks beyond delicious.

    Krystal | http://www.moorekrystal.wordpress.com

  14. Courtney @ Pizzazzerie

    April 1, 2014

    So fun!!! I was also part of the Art of Cheese campaign. LOVE what you did!

    • jordan
      • jordan
      • April 1, 2014

      Thanks Courtney! Your brunch was beautiful too!

  15. Rebecca

    April 1, 2014

    We love hosting make your own grilled cheese parties! Last party basil/tomato/mozzarella and sharp cheddar/mango chutney were the most popular.

  16. Leanne

    April 2, 2014

    These look bloody amazing! Not I need to have my own grilled cheese party x

  17. Lisa

    April 2, 2014

    These look awesome!!
    L x
    http://workingmumy.blogspot.com

  18. Cheryl

    April 2, 2014

    What a wonderful idea! My mouth is watering. Yum. Thanks for the idea.

  19. amanda

    April 9, 2014

    oh heck yeah, this is the kind of sponsored post i can tooooooootally get behind.

  20. Gemma @andgeesaid

    April 9, 2014

    What a wonderful idea!!!! Definitely going to do this!

    xx gemma @ gemmachew.com

  21. Jennifer

    April 9, 2014

    I would put all th ingrediants on the inside, but this has to be the best idea for a party ever!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

  22. Janie

    April 9, 2014

    These look delicious! I’ve always been a huge grilled cheese fan and this just brought it up a notch! I’ll definitely have to try these!

  23. Beauty Follower

    April 9, 2014

    Wow great variety of sauces!

    http://beautyfollower.blogspot.gr

  24. Emily

    April 10, 2014

    I love the little white pots. Where are they from?? They’re like little modern le creuset pots. :)

  25. Golden

    April 10, 2014

    This is the cutest idea, and these are some delicious and inventive recipes – always love strawberries with balsamic!

    http://goldendreamland.blogspot.com/

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