At a birthday party over a month ago, a friend and I were talking, and somehow we veered on to the subject of cheese.
Grilled cheese sandwiches, to be exact.
About six minutes later, a funny conversation morphed into a fun idea for a theme party.
And last weekend, my friend threw a grilled cheese sandwich party for his birthday.
To clarify: I am NOT professing to be the first person to ever think this up. CBC Radio 2 held its Grilled Cheese Invitational last Friday, the day before our party, but I had no prior knowledge of it until someone mentioned it to me at the party.
I’ve also learned that said event was based on/inspired by the original Grilled Cheese Invitational created in Los Angeles six years ago.
Big disclaimer/acknowledgment aside, this was probably one of THE tastiest party ideas ever.
We were well-stocked with more than enough breads, cheeses, two kinds of butter (plain or garlic) and other “go-with” ingredients to make the magic happen, as well as the crucial tools to bring all these things together …
Two George Foreman sandwich grills.
Oh, but YES.
As a bit of a grilled cheese purist (if you don’t count grilled cheese bagel sandwiches), I loved the party ’cause I got to try different combinations …
Like grilled cheese, marblelized with maple syrup, and sweet, carmelized pear.
Or brie and Nutella. Yes. Together. (Don’t judge me.)
There are probably only two, if any downsides to this:
(1) If you’re lactose-intolerant or don’t eat dairy, you wouldn’t be at this party. And you’d hate us. And we can’t spread the ooey-gooey love to people who can’t appreciate.
(2) If you don’t come with a big appetite, the novelty of filling one’s insides with cheese could wear off. But maybe it’s just a matter of pacing yourself … or learning some special technique to stretch your tummy.
But really, I highly recommend trying this at least once.
And if someone were to do this again in future, I’d only have one question:
“What time should I be there?”
Viva la queso!