Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Grilled Cheese in the Garden for #FoodieExtravaganza

Welcome to the Foodie Extravaganza
v. April 2015 = It's All About Grilled Cheese

We are a group of bloggers who love to blog about food!  Each month we will decide on an all-famous National Monthly Food Holiday in which we will base our recipes around. This month the theme is Grilled Cheese.  Did you know that April is National Grilled Cheese Month? I didn't.  So, this month we celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month by serving up sandwiches.

But, through the various cooking groups to which I belong, I am posting grilled cheese recipes for multiple events this month. In preparation, I hosted a Grilled Cheese Party in the Garden and had some helpers in creating and testing recipes.

If you are a blogger and would like to join our group and blog along with us, come join our Facebook page Foodie Extravaganza.  We would love to have you! If you're a spectator looking for delicious tid-bits check out our Foodie Extravaganza Pinterest Board! Looking for our previous parties? Check them out HERE.

I learned a lot that day in the garden! Many of the friends I questioned claimed that grilled cheese should only be bread and cheese. But I provided a variety of ingredients for my recipe testers. What we discovered: it's all about the extras!

The recipe I'm going to share today was my creation...I'm calling it Camilla's Pretty and Pink Grilled Cheese...

  • sourdough bread, sliced
  • mozzarella
  • brie
  • thinly sliced apples
  • pickled red onions
  • radish blossoms
  • lavender leaves
  • butter
Heat your grill pan. Butter on slice of bread and place that, butter side down, on the hot pan. Layer your sandwich with mozzarella, dots of brie, thinly sliced apples, picked red onions, radish blossoms, lavender leaves; finish with another layer of mozzarella so that you have cheesy goodness on both top and bottom! Butter the top bread. Then grill till the bread is golden and crisped and the cheese is melted and gooey. Serve hot.

Here's what the whole gang made...
Not live yet - please add back later if you’d like
  • Open Faced Italian Grilled Cheese from Kathleen at Fearlessly Creative Mammas

    1. Oh my goodness - it looks so gooey and toasty; what a fabulous combination of ingredients!

    2. Radish blossoms, you say? How intriguing! I love your pretty in pink sandwich, Camilla. I remembering watching a show a number of years ago. Might have been Oprah but the guest was Martha Stewart. Martha suggested that an easy party idea was a grilled cheese "bar" where folks could choose ingredients and grill their own master combinations. I've always wanted to do it but never quite have. Well done! I'm envious and now I have to get off my duff and do it too.

    3. That is so much fun having an outdoor grilled cheese party! I love food centered get togethers! It would be a lot of fun to have a grilled cheese party.

    4. Oh the more fillings the better surrounded by ooey gooey cheese of course.

    5. Grilled Cheese Parties are so much fun! We sometimes have everyone bring an ingredient to add so that there's some unexpected variety. I've never tried radish blossoms, though! I'll be on the lookout for those. What do they taste like?

    6. What a fun party! Love your ingredients and the sandwich!

    7. Beautiful blossoms! Looks like a fun party!

    8. Great party idea! Can't wait to see your creations.

    9. Looks yummy. What a great idea to have a grilled cheese party and how much fun! I'm not sure why my post wasn't live for you, but here is the link:

      Kathleen @ Fearlessly Creative Mammas

    10. I want to go to your party! Such a fun idea, too. Beautiful sandwich.

    11. Wow, I love the meltiness of the cheese and it's definitely all about the extras! Such a good idea.