Food & Drink

On the Menu: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

By Tessa Woolf April 30, 2014

April is National Grilled Cheese Month, and we couldn't let the month end without giving a shout-out to one of our favorite sammies. Thanks to the current crave craze for comfort foods, grilled cheese sandwiches are frequent guest stars on wedding reception, cocktail hour, and late-night menus.

Below, dig in to some of our favorite grilled cheese ideas from Utah caterers and tastemakers. Whether bite-sized and served with tomato soup shooters or grilled on-site from a food truck and stuffed with juicy pulled pork, guests young and old will devour these gooey eats. Cue the napkins!

Match Made in Heaven

Culinary Crafts' take on the classic soup + sammie pairing: roasted tomato bisque (get the recipe here) served with mini grilled cheese paninis made with CC's signature artisan polenta bread and layered with gruyere, smoke gouda, and provolone.

Cheese Wheels

SLC food truck Submarino's serves up a hefty Memphis pulled pork grilled cheese on fresh bread from Stone Ground Bakery. Hire the food truck to roll up to your reception or late-night after party.

In the Mix

Guests can customize their grilled cheese and soup with Le Croissant Catering's Cheese Monger Bar. Combine a variety of breads, cheeses, and toppings—from honey and candied pecans to caramelized onion and jalapeño jam—with bowls of creamy tomato and potato bacon soup or white chicken chili and New England clam chowder.

Put an Egg On It

Hosting a post-wedding brunch? Consider serving cobb grilled cheese (get the recipe here) or crab and avocado grilled cheese (get the recipe here) from local blogger FoodieCrush.

Cheese, Elevated

Comfort food goes gourmet with Done To Your Taste Catering's petite grilled brie and pear sandwiches and grilled cheese stations.

Stop & Sip The Roses

Tracey Thompson, a wine educator and broker with Vine Lore, suggests pairing farmstead grilled cheese with rosé wines from the Languedoc-Roussillon region in France.

The Big Cheese

Rob Hale's local chain of Melty Way eateries are all about grilled cheese. Sandwiches are made with regional cheese (13 varieties!) from Schreiber Foods, bread from Stone Ground Bakery (there's a gluten-free option), and homemade dipping sauces.

Grilled combos range from The Classic with aged cheddar and The Bacon & Tomato made with local Daily's bacon, to The Hawaiian with mozzarella, pepper jack, ham, and sweet pineapple preservesand The Turkey Cuban with savory turkey, aged ham, Swiss cheese, creamy mustard aioli, and sliced pickles.

Wash 'em down with honey-sweetened Brigham's Root Beer from Wasatch Brewery or apple beer made in Holladay. Be on the lookout for the Melty Way food truck!


[Image: Sarah Tew Photography / Charles, Sally, & Charles Catering, Inc. / via Every Last Detail