First, thanks for the congratulations on my big news! You guys are the best. And for that I promise I’ll keep making crazy Greek yogurt recipes even after I move to Florida. 🙂
Anyway… let’s talk about recipe contests. Back before I started this blog, most of my recipe development was for recipe contests. In fact, I entered a bunch of recipes in the Pillsbury Bakeoff when I was 19! Nowadays, most of my recipe development is to share here on the blog rather than entering into contests, but every now and then I enter a contest hoping for a win. I did get my first contest “win” last summer with these blue ribbon cookies, but the prize was a shiny blue ribbon and $7. Ha!
Well, last week I found out I was the “silver medal” winner in the Grilled Cheese Academy’s 2012 Grilled Cheese Recipe Contest! Now, I know what you’re thinking… silver? That certainly isn’t what Michael Phelps or Ryan Lochte are hoping for at the Olympics. But in this case, for me, silver feels like gold because I won $500!
I don’t even remember how I stumbled upon this recipe contest earlier this spring, but once I found the contest I knew I had to enter. The Grilled Cheese Academy honors Wisconsin cheese and has some of the best looking and most creative sandwich recipes I’ve ever seen on their website. Trust me, it’s worth checking out… just make sure you do it on a full stomach or else you’ll be running into your kitchen for the nearest block of cheese. 🙂
Enough rambling, let me tell you about my “silver medal” sandwich! I decided to have fun with the contest and go with an out-there themed sandwich. Since I knew the contest winners would be announced in the summer, I went with a “state fair” theme, pulling together foods and flavors that remind me of a good ol’ fair.
That meant pulled pork, thinly sliced apples, caramel topping, and Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese. I piled the toppings between two slices of bakery fresh white bread, grilled it up, and dusted powdered sugar over the whole sandwich once it was finished cooking. It’s really like a bite of a state fair!
If making crazy, delicious sandwiches will win me $500, I’ll gladly be stepping up to the plate more often! 😉
What would your ideal grilled cheese sandwich have in it?!
[print_this]State Fair Grilled Cheese
Pulled pork, caramel apples, and fried dough — all typical eats at a state fair. Pile them high in a sandwich with Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese, and you’ve got yourself one of the most delicious grilled cheese sandwiches!
Makes 4 sandwiches
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
- 8 slices white bread
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 8 slices Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 cup pulled pork tenderloin (already cooked and pulled)
- 1 large Granny Smith apple, sliced very thin
- 1/3 cup caramel topping
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
Heat a griddle or nonstick pan over medium heat. Spread the butter on one side of each of the bread slices. Assemble the sandwiches by evenly layering the cheese, pork, apple and caramel topping. Grill the sandwiches until browned on each side. Dust the cooked sandwiches with powdered sugar.[/print_this]