Say Cheese! Grilled Cheese That Is.

Hi, everyone. I’m sure that many of you, like me, are recovering from staying up too late watching the Academy Awards.

Lots of folks who are much more knowledgeable than me will weigh in on all things Oscar so I will just present a quick recap.

Chris Rock – I think he did a great job in a difficult situation. I think he handled the lack of diversity with an appropriate balance of outrage and good natured ribbing.

I agree completely.

Best Dressed: Brie Larson, Naomi Watts and Julianne Moore


All alone on the worst dressed list because it was JUST.THAT.BAD: Heidi Klum


Seriously, what was she thinking?!?!

Having seen none of the nominated movies, I’m not qualified to comment on any of the winners except to say that a) I’m happy for Leo and b) NEVER will I ever see Mad Max: Fury Road or The Revenant.


Now with that out of the way, let’s talk about something that’s been on my mind:

Grilled Cheese

Although I’m certain that none of the nominees enjoyed a grilled cheese sandwich on Oscar day, lest they have to go up a Spanx size or risk not fitting into their couture gown, we mere mortals are lucky.

We can indulge.

Grilled cheese is truly the perfect food. Whenever I see it on a menu, its ooey-gooey deliciousness beckons and I become blind to everything else.

Throw in a bowl of tomato soup? Heavenly bliss.

Over the weekend, Peter and I popped into a new-to-us spot nearby for lunch. I was inspired to try Rock House based upon this enticing photo on their Facebook page.

Rock House Glenview Facebook Grilled Cheese

Imagine my delight when upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted by this sign:

Rock House Glenview Grilled Cheese Menu

Build your own grilled cheese? Be still my heart!

My creation consisted of cheddar and provolone cheese, pesto and roasted red peppers on sourdough bread.

The sandwich was delicious and I am considering going back every day this week.

Grilled cheese is one of those foods for which an infinite number of recipes exist.

A Pinterest search for “grilled cheese” produces an avalanche of results. (One tip, though, do NOT do this search on an empty stomach. The pictures will make you so hungry that you will want to gnaw off your leg.)

Yummy Food board

Grilled Cheese leads my Yummy Food board on Pinterest.

The plethora of recipes, of course, is due to the infinite combinations of ingredients that can make up The World’s Most Perfect Food (tied with pizza).

In the starring role: the cheese. American, Cheddar, Provolone, Swiss, Pepper Jack, Brie, Gorganzola and on and on and on.

Perhaps you want to add some meat. Bacon is probably the most popular add-on but many recipes include pepperoni, sausage, salami, ham, turkey and short rib. Personally, I would draw the line at ground beef because adding a ground beef patty to a grilled cheese would pretty much turn it into a cheeseburger. Not for me; I’m a purist.

The “extras” are where one could really go crazy in creating a grilled cheese sandwich. Peppers, onions, tomatoes, greens, olives, pickles, spinach, mushrooms, pesto, siracha, BBQ sauce, mustard. You name it, someone has probably included it in a grilled cheese sandwich.

And finally, the bread. My husband prefers what he calls it, “crappy white bread” (aka the Wonder bread from our youth). My favorite is sourdough. But whether you choose white or wheat, brioche or Texas toast, the bread must be sturdy enough to hold up to all the ingredients you choose to shove into adorn your sandwich with.

In doing research for this post I became intrigued by the number of grilled cheese cookbooks.

The Gourmet Grilled Cheese Cookbook

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This particular one caught my eye. The Gourmet Grilled Cheese Cookbook.

Taking a peek inside as Amazon allows you to do, I found that this book contains recipes for such gems as “Loaded Bake Potato Grilled Cheese” and “Lobster Grilled Cheese” and “Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese Grilled Cheese”.

The Gourmet Grilled Cheese Cookbook is currently winging its way to my house – hopefully via an Amazon drone – so I can start planning a Grilled Cheese Party. According to Pinterest, Grilled Cheese Parites are “a thing”.  A pretty fabulous idea I might add.

So, if you were to attend my Grilled Cheese Party, what ingredients would you want to have on hand? Are you a “crappy white bread” lover or do you prefer something fancier? Are you a purist who draws the line on too many ingredients? Do you have any grilled cheese cookbooks?

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  1. I don’t have a grilled cheese cookbook but I’ve recently had an experience in Virginia with grilled cheese. My daughter and her beau took me to a little place (can’t recall the name at this early morning writing) that served nothing but grilled cheese sandwiches and the line was out the door. It WAS a little place with really big tasty sandwiches. I had a brie, honey and lavender on sourdough. Their combinations were so wonderfully alchemized it made it hard to choose. See? More proof that a classic never goes out of style. I’ve been told over the years that I make a mean grilled cheese – but mine are pretty much the basics – I always put a little mayo and use cheddar, provolone and mozzarella. Now I’m hankerin for a hunk of, a slab or slice or chunk of……am I alone in remembering that commercial?

  2. The horror is Dominator hates grilled cheese. I have failed as a parent! Really complicates the quick dinner option. My favorite is goat cheese, tomato and good crusty bread with olive oil instead of butter to crisp.

  3. I’d rather have a grilled cheese any day over watching the Oscars! My new favorite to go with a grilled cheese is tomato-dill soup. Just that little addition of dill is amazing. Heidi should have stayed home and had a bowl.

  4. White bread (sourdough or French) – never wheat. I’m not a fan of anything extra, but the more cheese and variety of cheese the better. P.S my daughter was in Chicago this weekend for Sparty Ball and had so much fun shopping on Michigan Ave. and brunching in Lincoln Park – I’m coming with her next time!

  5. Nowadays, since I eat very little bread or cheese, dishes like grilled cheese sandwiches are real splurges. Last month when I was at a local restaurant I ordered an ‘Adult Grilled Cheese’ sandwich. It had three different types of cheese and sliced apples on sourdough bread. It was heavenly.
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  6. I am coming to the GC party ‘Reen!!!. Just canyon ranch gluten free bread and I’ll be good!!

  7. Drooling here. Positively drooling. You know what? I’ll bet that dear Heidi asked for a grill cheese to help her with the epic fail. That really would have been the only thing that could have gotten her through. I can see the cheese oozing out onto the flower and dripping onto the sleeve. Oh dear. I hope it was made with either “crappy white bread” or sourdough and served with a bowl of tomato soup.
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  8. Firstly, I completely agree with your assessment of the Oscars 🙂
    Second, OMG that restaurant with a grilled cheese bar??? Best idea ever! How I wish I could go there at least on a weekly basis. I just recently made myself a grilled cheese with apple, sliced grilled chicken and some avocado. Decadent.

  9. Grilled cheese, yum! And yeah, so glad for DiCaprio
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  10. Mo… my all time favorite sandwich is grilled cheese with bacon and tomato. My #1 went to a fabulous Christmas party in a gorgeous home and the theme was grilled cheese. She said they had every combo available and gentleman in tuxes passed them around on silver trays. Hope you have a great week!!

  11. Thanks for the shout out! Love the blog!

  12. i am right there with you! i think chris rock did a fantastic job! no host has ever had to deal with this kind of controversy and he totally handled it with aplomb. chris rock rocks! love that guy even more.
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  13. No crappy white bread for me. Give me multigrain or rye, with Provolone and a little bit of bacon. And a bowl of tomato soup to dip it in. Yum!!!

    I thought Chris Rock killed it.
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