National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day is Thursday, April 12th
We love cheese and wine. It’s one of the most perfect combinations. And if you’re a trend follower (we’re not, but we do follow our stomachs!) you’ve probably noticed that specialty cheeses aren’t just for charcuterie boards and grilled cheese sandwiches aren’t just for kids anymore. Charcuterie boards are fantastic when you have the time to create and enjoy them. But sometimes you just want to eat good, soul-satisfying food without the hassle.
Enter Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. Sandwiches are an excellent way to combine your favorite flavors into an “open a bottle of wine and enjoy now!” kind of meal. Especially when you combine flavors like Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Bacon, locally grown microgreens, pickles, pesto, vegetables, prosciutto, local fruit preserves, and artisan mustards. Need we say more to prove our love for the (un)common grilled cheese sammie? Ok… we will!
In honor of National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, we’ve put together four recipes complete with wine and beer pairings to help you get started on your next cheese filled sandwich adventure.
Brussels Sprouts & Onion
Challerhocker Alpine Grilled Cheese (Click Here For Recipe)
Challerhocker Alpine Cheese has a warm, earthy aroma – the result of 10-12 months of cave aging washed with wine and spices. The firm but creamy paste carries notes of butterscotch and roasted nuts, with just a touch of fruit. Remove the rind and slice thinly. Serve with Pinot Noir for a delightfully, earthy flavor, or pair with a German Gewurztraminer or Riesling for a little more acidity, contrast, and pop in your mouth!
Pulled Pork Beecher’s Grilled Cheese (Click Here For Recipe)
Beecher’s Flagship is a renowned Seattle-crafted cheddar aged for two years, it develops a beautiful tangy depth that perfectly balances the sweet-smokiness of Burritt’s Pulled Pork. Shred this cheddar to ensure even melting. For a classic picnic brew, try with Brewery Terra Firma’s Manitou Amber Ale. Or, drink a Pinot Noir on the side for a classic BBQ taste.
Pear or Apple Humboldt Fog Grilled Cheese (Click Here For Recipe)
Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog is our house favorite goat cheese. This beauty is tangy but mellow, creamy yet crumbly, and ultimately a gorgeous, complex arrangement of aged goat’s milk layered with love (and a line of vegetable ash). You may include the bloomy white rind as it adds a layer of mushroom-esque depth. Pair with a Dry Provence Rosé or Brut Bubbly for a truly “I make grilled cheese look posh” experience.
Strawberry Basil Burrata Grilled Cheese (Click Here For Recipe)
Burrata is our April Cheese of the Month. This ultra-fresh and creamy mozzarella concoction is just what your berries ordered. Squash a whole two-ounce piece onto your sandwich and be prepared to enjoy a potentially messy grilled-cheese adventure! Pair with one of our many Rosés or sip on Vouvray, a sweeter, French Chenin Blanc that has balanced acidity and sweet – pairing well with fresh cheeses and balsamic glazes.
Taking your Cheese Game to a whole ‘nother level!