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Get Inspired to Host An Epic Holiday Party With These Food and Wine Ideas

Get Inspired to Host An Epic Holiday Party With These Food and Wine Ideas

Thanksgiving break is the kickoff to five weeks of holiday soirées, family gatherings, friendly occasions, and festive excuses to eat. After all, this is the season of food, booze, hospitality, and good cheer. And just because you’re no Chopped wanna-be doesn’t mean your holiday table should be anything less than luxe. We have gourmet finger food recipes, homemade condiments, sweet treats and entertaining inspirations to up your holiday game this year.

Photo Courtesy of Michael Mina Official

Stuffing Sandwiches — The Savory Main-Course Finger Food

Although carved turkey loses its appeal almost immediately after Thanksgiving’s gluttonous main event, inventive turkey recipes will always find fans at the holiday table. Chef Michael Mina’s easy-to-emulate “Stuffing Sandwich” is somewhat of a misnomer; it’s actually a turkey, veggie and gravy sandwich on grilled brioche. Nonetheless, this is a brilliant way to use up leftovers (everything BUT the stuffing), and also great for a party, because sandwiches don’t need a fork.

Photo Courtesy of An Edible Mosaic

Cauliflower “Breadsticks” — The Vegetarian Savory

Another recipe that’s picked up a lot of Internet heat recently, the crispy cauliflower pan-bake is earning rave reviews amongst vegetarians, mom bloggers and dieters. Beaten egg and cheese binds the puréed or grated cauliflower, so after cooking at a fairly high temp (350-400 degrees) for 25-30 minutes and then cooling 10 minutes, it attains a consistency almost like pizza crust. Cookbook author and food blogger Faith Gorsky of Edible Mosaic recommends slathering with tomato and more cheese, and broiling a few minutes for extra yumminess.

Photo Courtesy of Consorzio Tutela Brachetto d'Acqui

Brachetto d’Acqui — The Festive Sparkler

Swapping out your regular sparkling haul of Prosecco and Rosé for a few bottles of Brachetto d’Acqui may be the most inspired hosting move you make this year. Relatively unknown, except by restaurant/wine industry professionals in the U.S., Brachetto is a semi-sweet, raspberry-hued effervescent wine that’s a favorite of Italian connoisseurs. Banfi’s Rosa Regale is the most widely available in America, but Marenco and Braida are two other producers to look for.

Photo Credit: Lena Katz

Surprise Palates With Elegant White Wines

Decades of overabundance of cheap, sweet white wine has made it taboo in some crowds to admit you prefer white. Well, stand up with pride, white wine drinkers, because you can bring class to the party with bottles like Copain Chardonnay from Anderson Valley (a highly respected, off-the-radar Northern California region) and Ferrari Perle (a luxurious Italian sparkler). You can overturn stereotypes altogether with a hillside-grown, biodynamically produced, Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard "Vau de Vey” Chablis. Yes, Chablis. It upgrades well too.

Photo Courtesy of Rave Review! Culinary Spirits

Brandied Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry is a bit like fruitcake: You must have it around during the holidays, even if it’s just the canned gloop that nobody eats. So why not spend 10 minutes on cranberry sauce people will actually enjoy? Rave Review! Original Culinary Spirits suggests a zingy and tasty sauce made of one pound fresh or frozen berries simmered with juice from an orange, a half-cup of sugar, cinnamon and 1/4 cup of culinary brandy. Simmer over medium heat for 15-20 minutes, till the cranberries burst.

Photo Courtesy of St. Regis Hotels & Resorts

Gourmet Made-From-Scratch “Ranch Dip" and Crudités

While most people know that grocery store ranch dip is horrible stuff (the fat content! The unpronounceable ingredients!), few have ever thought to make a better-tasting version in their own kitchen. Chef Paul Piscopo of St. Regis San Francisco does a version you can copy easily. He simply folds diced fresh shallots, parsley, chives, dill, garlic, lemon juice and zest, a drip of apple cider vinegar and a pinch of seasoning in to crème fraiche. Serve with crudités, because Ruffles would be a sin.

Photo Courtesy of Seghesio Family Vineyards

Old Vine Zinfandel – The Winter-Warmer Wine

Sometimes a chilly, windy, sleeting night really calls for a large glass of fortifying red wine. Cabernets being largely too pricey and Pinots and Merlots too nichey to attain “go-to” status, we’ve always turned to Zinfandel — the big spicy fruit-bombs that came from Italy centuries ago. If you’re looking for a party conversation starter, try an old vine Zin from California. Their intensity, complexity, and history — not to mention their oftentimes-colorful branding — make them a great pick for the price category. Seghesio is a stalwart, produced by one of Sonoma’s most beloved wine families.

Photo Courtesy of Elegant Affairs Catering

Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches — No-Forks Dessert

Known for its sophisticated yet delicious and fun-loving party cuisine, Elegant Affairs is a go-to amongst Tri-State socialites, especially during the holidays. This ice cream sandwich — pumpkin wedged between two homemade gingerbread cookies — is among the simplest of their seasonal desserts, and easy to emulate.

Photo Courtesy of Elegant Affairs Catering

Caramel Dipped Apple’Tini

Of all the million-and-one flavored vodkas that have hit the market in recent years, EFFEN Salted Caramel is one of the most velvety, most buttery, and most delicious. It will give you the dizzies if you overdo it, but savored in a single holiday cocktail, it’s pure delight.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 parts EFFEN® Salted Caramel Vodka
  • 3/4 part Apple Schnapps
  • 1 part Fresh Sour Mix

Directions:

Mix, shake, strain, garnish with an apple slice dipped in caramel.

Photo Courtesy of Harry & David

Holiday Chocolates The Guilty Pleasure Staple

No matter how full people are and no matter how much they decry sweets, if you put chocolate truffles on the table, those little morsels will disappear. Anything bite-sized is a winning temptation, and Harry & David’s holiday collection is full of decadent seasonal flavors. Five-Spice Pear, Pumpkin Pie, Candy Cane, to name a few. If there are kids coming, get a box of Krispy Pops in Santa and reindeer likenesses as well.


How to Host an Epic Make-Your-Own Grilled Cheese Night in 6 Easy Steps

Upgrade this classic comfort food with everyone's unique spins on it.

Looking for a quick and affordable yet creative way to make dinner fun again? Say cheese! Grilled cheese, that is, and make it an interactive experience where everyone can build their own sandwich. By setting out a variety of breads, cheeses, and toppings, each member of the family can make a unique cheesy masterpiece without having to worry about catering to picky eaters.

Follow this easy six-step strategy to perk up a Friday night family meal or for one of the easiest, cheesiest਎ntertaining ideas that will feed a crowd𠅊nd fast.

Step 1: Choose Your Bread

White bread isn&apost your only option (although it&aposs a great one!). Offer a mix of textures, flavors, and thicknesses so diners can tailor to their own tastes. For a nice variety, we suggest:

  • White
  • Wheat or multigrain
  • Sourdough
  • Ciabatta
  • Focaccia
  • Rye
  • Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread (such as Canyon Bakehouse Gluten-Free 7-Grain Bread $5.99, target.com)

Step 2: Choose Your Spread

For the outside of each slice, butter, garlic-infused olive oil, or mayo all taste magical and create a great crispy crust. Then for the inside, try:

Step 3: Stack on the Cheese

Now it&aposs time for the featured ingredient: Fromage. These can be shreds, slices, or in blocks that you shred yourself. Aim for varieties that melt to gooey perfection in minutes, such as:

  • American
  • Brie
  • Swiss
  • Cheddar
  • Gruyere
  • Gouda
  • Havarti
  • Mozzarella

Step 4: Top to Your Heart's Content

Just before cooking, layer on the accessories. Here&aposs where you can really get creative with savory, sweet, and even crunchy bonus items. Just be sure to layer ingredients thin enough that the cheese will still be able to melt, the thicker the sandwich the longer the cooking time. Go wild with:

  • Apple or pear slices
  • Pickles banana peppers or jalapeño slices
  • Tomato slices
  • Pickle slices
  • Saut mushrooms
  • Diced roasted red peppers
  • Avocado slices
  • Thyme, rosemary, basil, or other fresh herbs
  • Crispy bacon strips
  • Prosciutto
  • Sliced grilled chicken or steak

Step 5: Melt

Now the heat is on. While a skillet or griddle both work great, you can also score stellar results with a bigger option to cook all the sandwiches at once, or appliances that add extra crispy edges. We like:

  • Panini press (Hamilton Beach Panini Press $40,�thandbeyond.com)
  • Grill pan (Lodge 10 ½-inch Cast Iron Square Grill Pan $21, target.com)
  • Waffle iron (Cuisinart Nonstick Round Classic Waffle Iron $30, target.com)
  • Sheet pan in the oven (full instructions here!)

Step 6: Devour

Slice in half𠅍iagonal is our preferred method𠅊nd enjoy as-is or dunk in yourꃺvorite soup recipe to complete the grilled cheese night in quintessential comfort food-style.


How to Host an Epic Make-Your-Own Grilled Cheese Night in 6 Easy Steps

Upgrade this classic comfort food with everyone's unique spins on it.

Looking for a quick and affordable yet creative way to make dinner fun again? Say cheese! Grilled cheese, that is, and make it an interactive experience where everyone can build their own sandwich. By setting out a variety of breads, cheeses, and toppings, each member of the family can make a unique cheesy masterpiece without having to worry about catering to picky eaters.

Follow this easy six-step strategy to perk up a Friday night family meal or for one of the easiest, cheesiest਎ntertaining ideas that will feed a crowd𠅊nd fast.

Step 1: Choose Your Bread

White bread isn&apost your only option (although it&aposs a great one!). Offer a mix of textures, flavors, and thicknesses so diners can tailor to their own tastes. For a nice variety, we suggest:

  • White
  • Wheat or multigrain
  • Sourdough
  • Ciabatta
  • Focaccia
  • Rye
  • Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread (such as Canyon Bakehouse Gluten-Free 7-Grain Bread $5.99, target.com)

Step 2: Choose Your Spread

For the outside of each slice, butter, garlic-infused olive oil, or mayo all taste magical and create a great crispy crust. Then for the inside, try:

Step 3: Stack on the Cheese

Now it&aposs time for the featured ingredient: Fromage. These can be shreds, slices, or in blocks that you shred yourself. Aim for varieties that melt to gooey perfection in minutes, such as:

  • American
  • Brie
  • Swiss
  • Cheddar
  • Gruyere
  • Gouda
  • Havarti
  • Mozzarella

Step 4: Top to Your Heart's Content

Just before cooking, layer on the accessories. Here&aposs where you can really get creative with savory, sweet, and even crunchy bonus items. Just be sure to layer ingredients thin enough that the cheese will still be able to melt, the thicker the sandwich the longer the cooking time. Go wild with:

  • Apple or pear slices
  • Pickles banana peppers or jalapeño slices
  • Tomato slices
  • Pickle slices
  • Saut mushrooms
  • Diced roasted red peppers
  • Avocado slices
  • Thyme, rosemary, basil, or other fresh herbs
  • Crispy bacon strips
  • Prosciutto
  • Sliced grilled chicken or steak

Step 5: Melt

Now the heat is on. While a skillet or griddle both work great, you can also score stellar results with a bigger option to cook all the sandwiches at once, or appliances that add extra crispy edges. We like:

  • Panini press (Hamilton Beach Panini Press $40,�thandbeyond.com)
  • Grill pan (Lodge 10 ½-inch Cast Iron Square Grill Pan $21, target.com)
  • Waffle iron (Cuisinart Nonstick Round Classic Waffle Iron $30, target.com)
  • Sheet pan in the oven (full instructions here!)

Step 6: Devour

Slice in half𠅍iagonal is our preferred method𠅊nd enjoy as-is or dunk in yourꃺvorite soup recipe to complete the grilled cheese night in quintessential comfort food-style.


How to Host an Epic Make-Your-Own Grilled Cheese Night in 6 Easy Steps

Upgrade this classic comfort food with everyone's unique spins on it.

Looking for a quick and affordable yet creative way to make dinner fun again? Say cheese! Grilled cheese, that is, and make it an interactive experience where everyone can build their own sandwich. By setting out a variety of breads, cheeses, and toppings, each member of the family can make a unique cheesy masterpiece without having to worry about catering to picky eaters.

Follow this easy six-step strategy to perk up a Friday night family meal or for one of the easiest, cheesiest਎ntertaining ideas that will feed a crowd𠅊nd fast.

Step 1: Choose Your Bread

White bread isn&apost your only option (although it&aposs a great one!). Offer a mix of textures, flavors, and thicknesses so diners can tailor to their own tastes. For a nice variety, we suggest:

  • White
  • Wheat or multigrain
  • Sourdough
  • Ciabatta
  • Focaccia
  • Rye
  • Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread (such as Canyon Bakehouse Gluten-Free 7-Grain Bread $5.99, target.com)

Step 2: Choose Your Spread

For the outside of each slice, butter, garlic-infused olive oil, or mayo all taste magical and create a great crispy crust. Then for the inside, try:

Step 3: Stack on the Cheese

Now it&aposs time for the featured ingredient: Fromage. These can be shreds, slices, or in blocks that you shred yourself. Aim for varieties that melt to gooey perfection in minutes, such as:

  • American
  • Brie
  • Swiss
  • Cheddar
  • Gruyere
  • Gouda
  • Havarti
  • Mozzarella

Step 4: Top to Your Heart's Content

Just before cooking, layer on the accessories. Here&aposs where you can really get creative with savory, sweet, and even crunchy bonus items. Just be sure to layer ingredients thin enough that the cheese will still be able to melt, the thicker the sandwich the longer the cooking time. Go wild with:

  • Apple or pear slices
  • Pickles banana peppers or jalapeño slices
  • Tomato slices
  • Pickle slices
  • Saut mushrooms
  • Diced roasted red peppers
  • Avocado slices
  • Thyme, rosemary, basil, or other fresh herbs
  • Crispy bacon strips
  • Prosciutto
  • Sliced grilled chicken or steak

Step 5: Melt

Now the heat is on. While a skillet or griddle both work great, you can also score stellar results with a bigger option to cook all the sandwiches at once, or appliances that add extra crispy edges. We like:

  • Panini press (Hamilton Beach Panini Press $40,�thandbeyond.com)
  • Grill pan (Lodge 10 ½-inch Cast Iron Square Grill Pan $21, target.com)
  • Waffle iron (Cuisinart Nonstick Round Classic Waffle Iron $30, target.com)
  • Sheet pan in the oven (full instructions here!)

Step 6: Devour

Slice in half𠅍iagonal is our preferred method𠅊nd enjoy as-is or dunk in yourꃺvorite soup recipe to complete the grilled cheese night in quintessential comfort food-style.


How to Host an Epic Make-Your-Own Grilled Cheese Night in 6 Easy Steps

Upgrade this classic comfort food with everyone's unique spins on it.

Looking for a quick and affordable yet creative way to make dinner fun again? Say cheese! Grilled cheese, that is, and make it an interactive experience where everyone can build their own sandwich. By setting out a variety of breads, cheeses, and toppings, each member of the family can make a unique cheesy masterpiece without having to worry about catering to picky eaters.

Follow this easy six-step strategy to perk up a Friday night family meal or for one of the easiest, cheesiest਎ntertaining ideas that will feed a crowd𠅊nd fast.

Step 1: Choose Your Bread

White bread isn&apost your only option (although it&aposs a great one!). Offer a mix of textures, flavors, and thicknesses so diners can tailor to their own tastes. For a nice variety, we suggest:

  • White
  • Wheat or multigrain
  • Sourdough
  • Ciabatta
  • Focaccia
  • Rye
  • Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread (such as Canyon Bakehouse Gluten-Free 7-Grain Bread $5.99, target.com)

Step 2: Choose Your Spread

For the outside of each slice, butter, garlic-infused olive oil, or mayo all taste magical and create a great crispy crust. Then for the inside, try:

Step 3: Stack on the Cheese

Now it&aposs time for the featured ingredient: Fromage. These can be shreds, slices, or in blocks that you shred yourself. Aim for varieties that melt to gooey perfection in minutes, such as:

  • American
  • Brie
  • Swiss
  • Cheddar
  • Gruyere
  • Gouda
  • Havarti
  • Mozzarella

Step 4: Top to Your Heart's Content

Just before cooking, layer on the accessories. Here&aposs where you can really get creative with savory, sweet, and even crunchy bonus items. Just be sure to layer ingredients thin enough that the cheese will still be able to melt, the thicker the sandwich the longer the cooking time. Go wild with:

  • Apple or pear slices
  • Pickles banana peppers or jalapeño slices
  • Tomato slices
  • Pickle slices
  • Saut mushrooms
  • Diced roasted red peppers
  • Avocado slices
  • Thyme, rosemary, basil, or other fresh herbs
  • Crispy bacon strips
  • Prosciutto
  • Sliced grilled chicken or steak

Step 5: Melt

Now the heat is on. While a skillet or griddle both work great, you can also score stellar results with a bigger option to cook all the sandwiches at once, or appliances that add extra crispy edges. We like:

  • Panini press (Hamilton Beach Panini Press $40,�thandbeyond.com)
  • Grill pan (Lodge 10 ½-inch Cast Iron Square Grill Pan $21, target.com)
  • Waffle iron (Cuisinart Nonstick Round Classic Waffle Iron $30, target.com)
  • Sheet pan in the oven (full instructions here!)

Step 6: Devour

Slice in half𠅍iagonal is our preferred method𠅊nd enjoy as-is or dunk in yourꃺvorite soup recipe to complete the grilled cheese night in quintessential comfort food-style.


How to Host an Epic Make-Your-Own Grilled Cheese Night in 6 Easy Steps

Upgrade this classic comfort food with everyone's unique spins on it.

Looking for a quick and affordable yet creative way to make dinner fun again? Say cheese! Grilled cheese, that is, and make it an interactive experience where everyone can build their own sandwich. By setting out a variety of breads, cheeses, and toppings, each member of the family can make a unique cheesy masterpiece without having to worry about catering to picky eaters.

Follow this easy six-step strategy to perk up a Friday night family meal or for one of the easiest, cheesiest਎ntertaining ideas that will feed a crowd𠅊nd fast.

Step 1: Choose Your Bread

White bread isn&apost your only option (although it&aposs a great one!). Offer a mix of textures, flavors, and thicknesses so diners can tailor to their own tastes. For a nice variety, we suggest:

  • White
  • Wheat or multigrain
  • Sourdough
  • Ciabatta
  • Focaccia
  • Rye
  • Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread (such as Canyon Bakehouse Gluten-Free 7-Grain Bread $5.99, target.com)

Step 2: Choose Your Spread

For the outside of each slice, butter, garlic-infused olive oil, or mayo all taste magical and create a great crispy crust. Then for the inside, try:

Step 3: Stack on the Cheese

Now it&aposs time for the featured ingredient: Fromage. These can be shreds, slices, or in blocks that you shred yourself. Aim for varieties that melt to gooey perfection in minutes, such as:

  • American
  • Brie
  • Swiss
  • Cheddar
  • Gruyere
  • Gouda
  • Havarti
  • Mozzarella

Step 4: Top to Your Heart's Content

Just before cooking, layer on the accessories. Here&aposs where you can really get creative with savory, sweet, and even crunchy bonus items. Just be sure to layer ingredients thin enough that the cheese will still be able to melt, the thicker the sandwich the longer the cooking time. Go wild with:

  • Apple or pear slices
  • Pickles banana peppers or jalapeño slices
  • Tomato slices
  • Pickle slices
  • Saut mushrooms
  • Diced roasted red peppers
  • Avocado slices
  • Thyme, rosemary, basil, or other fresh herbs
  • Crispy bacon strips
  • Prosciutto
  • Sliced grilled chicken or steak

Step 5: Melt

Now the heat is on. While a skillet or griddle both work great, you can also score stellar results with a bigger option to cook all the sandwiches at once, or appliances that add extra crispy edges. We like:

  • Panini press (Hamilton Beach Panini Press $40,�thandbeyond.com)
  • Grill pan (Lodge 10 ½-inch Cast Iron Square Grill Pan $21, target.com)
  • Waffle iron (Cuisinart Nonstick Round Classic Waffle Iron $30, target.com)
  • Sheet pan in the oven (full instructions here!)

Step 6: Devour

Slice in half𠅍iagonal is our preferred method𠅊nd enjoy as-is or dunk in yourꃺvorite soup recipe to complete the grilled cheese night in quintessential comfort food-style.


How to Host an Epic Make-Your-Own Grilled Cheese Night in 6 Easy Steps

Upgrade this classic comfort food with everyone's unique spins on it.

Looking for a quick and affordable yet creative way to make dinner fun again? Say cheese! Grilled cheese, that is, and make it an interactive experience where everyone can build their own sandwich. By setting out a variety of breads, cheeses, and toppings, each member of the family can make a unique cheesy masterpiece without having to worry about catering to picky eaters.

Follow this easy six-step strategy to perk up a Friday night family meal or for one of the easiest, cheesiest਎ntertaining ideas that will feed a crowd𠅊nd fast.

Step 1: Choose Your Bread

White bread isn&apost your only option (although it&aposs a great one!). Offer a mix of textures, flavors, and thicknesses so diners can tailor to their own tastes. For a nice variety, we suggest:

  • White
  • Wheat or multigrain
  • Sourdough
  • Ciabatta
  • Focaccia
  • Rye
  • Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread (such as Canyon Bakehouse Gluten-Free 7-Grain Bread $5.99, target.com)

Step 2: Choose Your Spread

For the outside of each slice, butter, garlic-infused olive oil, or mayo all taste magical and create a great crispy crust. Then for the inside, try:

Step 3: Stack on the Cheese

Now it&aposs time for the featured ingredient: Fromage. These can be shreds, slices, or in blocks that you shred yourself. Aim for varieties that melt to gooey perfection in minutes, such as:

  • American
  • Brie
  • Swiss
  • Cheddar
  • Gruyere
  • Gouda
  • Havarti
  • Mozzarella

Step 4: Top to Your Heart's Content

Just before cooking, layer on the accessories. Here&aposs where you can really get creative with savory, sweet, and even crunchy bonus items. Just be sure to layer ingredients thin enough that the cheese will still be able to melt, the thicker the sandwich the longer the cooking time. Go wild with:

  • Apple or pear slices
  • Pickles banana peppers or jalapeño slices
  • Tomato slices
  • Pickle slices
  • Saut mushrooms
  • Diced roasted red peppers
  • Avocado slices
  • Thyme, rosemary, basil, or other fresh herbs
  • Crispy bacon strips
  • Prosciutto
  • Sliced grilled chicken or steak

Step 5: Melt

Now the heat is on. While a skillet or griddle both work great, you can also score stellar results with a bigger option to cook all the sandwiches at once, or appliances that add extra crispy edges. We like:

  • Panini press (Hamilton Beach Panini Press $40,�thandbeyond.com)
  • Grill pan (Lodge 10 ½-inch Cast Iron Square Grill Pan $21, target.com)
  • Waffle iron (Cuisinart Nonstick Round Classic Waffle Iron $30, target.com)
  • Sheet pan in the oven (full instructions here!)

Step 6: Devour

Slice in half𠅍iagonal is our preferred method𠅊nd enjoy as-is or dunk in yourꃺvorite soup recipe to complete the grilled cheese night in quintessential comfort food-style.


How to Host an Epic Make-Your-Own Grilled Cheese Night in 6 Easy Steps

Upgrade this classic comfort food with everyone's unique spins on it.

Looking for a quick and affordable yet creative way to make dinner fun again? Say cheese! Grilled cheese, that is, and make it an interactive experience where everyone can build their own sandwich. By setting out a variety of breads, cheeses, and toppings, each member of the family can make a unique cheesy masterpiece without having to worry about catering to picky eaters.

Follow this easy six-step strategy to perk up a Friday night family meal or for one of the easiest, cheesiest਎ntertaining ideas that will feed a crowd𠅊nd fast.

Step 1: Choose Your Bread

White bread isn&apost your only option (although it&aposs a great one!). Offer a mix of textures, flavors, and thicknesses so diners can tailor to their own tastes. For a nice variety, we suggest:

  • White
  • Wheat or multigrain
  • Sourdough
  • Ciabatta
  • Focaccia
  • Rye
  • Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread (such as Canyon Bakehouse Gluten-Free 7-Grain Bread $5.99, target.com)

Step 2: Choose Your Spread

For the outside of each slice, butter, garlic-infused olive oil, or mayo all taste magical and create a great crispy crust. Then for the inside, try:

Step 3: Stack on the Cheese

Now it&aposs time for the featured ingredient: Fromage. These can be shreds, slices, or in blocks that you shred yourself. Aim for varieties that melt to gooey perfection in minutes, such as:

  • American
  • Brie
  • Swiss
  • Cheddar
  • Gruyere
  • Gouda
  • Havarti
  • Mozzarella

Step 4: Top to Your Heart's Content

Just before cooking, layer on the accessories. Here&aposs where you can really get creative with savory, sweet, and even crunchy bonus items. Just be sure to layer ingredients thin enough that the cheese will still be able to melt, the thicker the sandwich the longer the cooking time. Go wild with:

  • Apple or pear slices
  • Pickles banana peppers or jalapeño slices
  • Tomato slices
  • Pickle slices
  • Saut mushrooms
  • Diced roasted red peppers
  • Avocado slices
  • Thyme, rosemary, basil, or other fresh herbs
  • Crispy bacon strips
  • Prosciutto
  • Sliced grilled chicken or steak

Step 5: Melt

Now the heat is on. While a skillet or griddle both work great, you can also score stellar results with a bigger option to cook all the sandwiches at once, or appliances that add extra crispy edges. We like:

  • Panini press (Hamilton Beach Panini Press $40,�thandbeyond.com)
  • Grill pan (Lodge 10 ½-inch Cast Iron Square Grill Pan $21, target.com)
  • Waffle iron (Cuisinart Nonstick Round Classic Waffle Iron $30, target.com)
  • Sheet pan in the oven (full instructions here!)

Step 6: Devour

Slice in half𠅍iagonal is our preferred method𠅊nd enjoy as-is or dunk in yourꃺvorite soup recipe to complete the grilled cheese night in quintessential comfort food-style.


How to Host an Epic Make-Your-Own Grilled Cheese Night in 6 Easy Steps

Upgrade this classic comfort food with everyone's unique spins on it.

Looking for a quick and affordable yet creative way to make dinner fun again? Say cheese! Grilled cheese, that is, and make it an interactive experience where everyone can build their own sandwich. By setting out a variety of breads, cheeses, and toppings, each member of the family can make a unique cheesy masterpiece without having to worry about catering to picky eaters.

Follow this easy six-step strategy to perk up a Friday night family meal or for one of the easiest, cheesiest਎ntertaining ideas that will feed a crowd𠅊nd fast.

Step 1: Choose Your Bread

White bread isn&apost your only option (although it&aposs a great one!). Offer a mix of textures, flavors, and thicknesses so diners can tailor to their own tastes. For a nice variety, we suggest:

  • White
  • Wheat or multigrain
  • Sourdough
  • Ciabatta
  • Focaccia
  • Rye
  • Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread (such as Canyon Bakehouse Gluten-Free 7-Grain Bread $5.99, target.com)

Step 2: Choose Your Spread

For the outside of each slice, butter, garlic-infused olive oil, or mayo all taste magical and create a great crispy crust. Then for the inside, try:

Step 3: Stack on the Cheese

Now it&aposs time for the featured ingredient: Fromage. These can be shreds, slices, or in blocks that you shred yourself. Aim for varieties that melt to gooey perfection in minutes, such as:

  • American
  • Brie
  • Swiss
  • Cheddar
  • Gruyere
  • Gouda
  • Havarti
  • Mozzarella

Step 4: Top to Your Heart's Content

Just before cooking, layer on the accessories. Here&aposs where you can really get creative with savory, sweet, and even crunchy bonus items. Just be sure to layer ingredients thin enough that the cheese will still be able to melt, the thicker the sandwich the longer the cooking time. Go wild with:

  • Apple or pear slices
  • Pickles banana peppers or jalapeño slices
  • Tomato slices
  • Pickle slices
  • Saut mushrooms
  • Diced roasted red peppers
  • Avocado slices
  • Thyme, rosemary, basil, or other fresh herbs
  • Crispy bacon strips
  • Prosciutto
  • Sliced grilled chicken or steak

Step 5: Melt

Now the heat is on. While a skillet or griddle both work great, you can also score stellar results with a bigger option to cook all the sandwiches at once, or appliances that add extra crispy edges. We like:

  • Panini press (Hamilton Beach Panini Press $40,�thandbeyond.com)
  • Grill pan (Lodge 10 ½-inch Cast Iron Square Grill Pan $21, target.com)
  • Waffle iron (Cuisinart Nonstick Round Classic Waffle Iron $30, target.com)
  • Sheet pan in the oven (full instructions here!)

Step 6: Devour

Slice in half𠅍iagonal is our preferred method𠅊nd enjoy as-is or dunk in yourꃺvorite soup recipe to complete the grilled cheese night in quintessential comfort food-style.


How to Host an Epic Make-Your-Own Grilled Cheese Night in 6 Easy Steps

Upgrade this classic comfort food with everyone's unique spins on it.

Looking for a quick and affordable yet creative way to make dinner fun again? Say cheese! Grilled cheese, that is, and make it an interactive experience where everyone can build their own sandwich. By setting out a variety of breads, cheeses, and toppings, each member of the family can make a unique cheesy masterpiece without having to worry about catering to picky eaters.

Follow this easy six-step strategy to perk up a Friday night family meal or for one of the easiest, cheesiest਎ntertaining ideas that will feed a crowd𠅊nd fast.

Step 1: Choose Your Bread

White bread isn&apost your only option (although it&aposs a great one!). Offer a mix of textures, flavors, and thicknesses so diners can tailor to their own tastes. For a nice variety, we suggest:

  • White
  • Wheat or multigrain
  • Sourdough
  • Ciabatta
  • Focaccia
  • Rye
  • Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread (such as Canyon Bakehouse Gluten-Free 7-Grain Bread $5.99, target.com)

Step 2: Choose Your Spread

For the outside of each slice, butter, garlic-infused olive oil, or mayo all taste magical and create a great crispy crust. Then for the inside, try:

Step 3: Stack on the Cheese

Now it&aposs time for the featured ingredient: Fromage. These can be shreds, slices, or in blocks that you shred yourself. Aim for varieties that melt to gooey perfection in minutes, such as:

  • American
  • Brie
  • Swiss
  • Cheddar
  • Gruyere
  • Gouda
  • Havarti
  • Mozzarella

Step 4: Top to Your Heart's Content

Just before cooking, layer on the accessories. Here&aposs where you can really get creative with savory, sweet, and even crunchy bonus items. Just be sure to layer ingredients thin enough that the cheese will still be able to melt, the thicker the sandwich the longer the cooking time. Go wild with:

  • Apple or pear slices
  • Pickles banana peppers or jalapeño slices
  • Tomato slices
  • Pickle slices
  • Saut mushrooms
  • Diced roasted red peppers
  • Avocado slices
  • Thyme, rosemary, basil, or other fresh herbs
  • Crispy bacon strips
  • Prosciutto
  • Sliced grilled chicken or steak

Step 5: Melt

Now the heat is on. While a skillet or griddle both work great, you can also score stellar results with a bigger option to cook all the sandwiches at once, or appliances that add extra crispy edges. We like:

  • Panini press (Hamilton Beach Panini Press $40,�thandbeyond.com)
  • Grill pan (Lodge 10 ½-inch Cast Iron Square Grill Pan $21, target.com)
  • Waffle iron (Cuisinart Nonstick Round Classic Waffle Iron $30, target.com)
  • Sheet pan in the oven (full instructions here!)

Step 6: Devour

Slice in half𠅍iagonal is our preferred method𠅊nd enjoy as-is or dunk in yourꃺvorite soup recipe to complete the grilled cheese night in quintessential comfort food-style.


How to Host an Epic Make-Your-Own Grilled Cheese Night in 6 Easy Steps

Upgrade this classic comfort food with everyone's unique spins on it.

Looking for a quick and affordable yet creative way to make dinner fun again? Say cheese! Grilled cheese, that is, and make it an interactive experience where everyone can build their own sandwich. By setting out a variety of breads, cheeses, and toppings, each member of the family can make a unique cheesy masterpiece without having to worry about catering to picky eaters.

Follow this easy six-step strategy to perk up a Friday night family meal or for one of the easiest, cheesiest਎ntertaining ideas that will feed a crowd𠅊nd fast.

Step 1: Choose Your Bread

White bread isn&apost your only option (although it&aposs a great one!). Offer a mix of textures, flavors, and thicknesses so diners can tailor to their own tastes. For a nice variety, we suggest:

  • White
  • Wheat or multigrain
  • Sourdough
  • Ciabatta
  • Focaccia
  • Rye
  • Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread (such as Canyon Bakehouse Gluten-Free 7-Grain Bread $5.99, target.com)

Step 2: Choose Your Spread

For the outside of each slice, butter, garlic-infused olive oil, or mayo all taste magical and create a great crispy crust. Then for the inside, try:

Step 3: Stack on the Cheese

Now it&aposs time for the featured ingredient: Fromage. These can be shreds, slices, or in blocks that you shred yourself. Aim for varieties that melt to gooey perfection in minutes, such as:

  • American
  • Brie
  • Swiss
  • Cheddar
  • Gruyere
  • Gouda
  • Havarti
  • Mozzarella

Step 4: Top to Your Heart's Content

Just before cooking, layer on the accessories. Here&aposs where you can really get creative with savory, sweet, and even crunchy bonus items. Just be sure to layer ingredients thin enough that the cheese will still be able to melt, the thicker the sandwich the longer the cooking time. Go wild with:

  • Apple or pear slices
  • Pickles banana peppers or jalapeño slices
  • Tomato slices
  • Pickle slices
  • Saut mushrooms
  • Diced roasted red peppers
  • Avocado slices
  • Thyme, rosemary, basil, or other fresh herbs
  • Crispy bacon strips
  • Prosciutto
  • Sliced grilled chicken or steak

Step 5: Melt

Now the heat is on. While a skillet or griddle both work great, you can also score stellar results with a bigger option to cook all the sandwiches at once, or appliances that add extra crispy edges. We like:

  • Panini press (Hamilton Beach Panini Press $40,�thandbeyond.com)
  • Grill pan (Lodge 10 ½-inch Cast Iron Square Grill Pan $21, target.com)
  • Waffle iron (Cuisinart Nonstick Round Classic Waffle Iron $30, target.com)
  • Sheet pan in the oven (full instructions here!)

Step 6: Devour

Slice in half𠅍iagonal is our preferred method𠅊nd enjoy as-is or dunk in yourꃺvorite soup recipe to complete the grilled cheese night in quintessential comfort food-style.


How to Host an Epic Make-Your-Own Grilled Cheese Night in 6 Easy Steps

Upgrade this classic comfort food with everyone's unique spins on it.

Looking for a quick and affordable yet creative way to make dinner fun again? Say cheese! Grilled cheese, that is, and make it an interactive experience where everyone can build their own sandwich. By setting out a variety of breads, cheeses, and toppings, each member of the family can make a unique cheesy masterpiece without having to worry about catering to picky eaters.

Follow this easy six-step strategy to perk up a Friday night family meal or for one of the easiest, cheesiest਎ntertaining ideas that will feed a crowd𠅊nd fast.

Step 1: Choose Your Bread

White bread isn&apost your only option (although it&aposs a great one!). Offer a mix of textures, flavors, and thicknesses so diners can tailor to their own tastes. For a nice variety, we suggest:

  • White
  • Wheat or multigrain
  • Sourdough
  • Ciabatta
  • Focaccia
  • Rye
  • Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread (such as Canyon Bakehouse Gluten-Free 7-Grain Bread $5.99, target.com)

Step 2: Choose Your Spread

For the outside of each slice, butter, garlic-infused olive oil, or mayo all taste magical and create a great crispy crust. Then for the inside, try:

Step 3: Stack on the Cheese

Now it&aposs time for the featured ingredient: Fromage. These can be shreds, slices, or in blocks that you shred yourself. Aim for varieties that melt to gooey perfection in minutes, such as:

  • American
  • Brie
  • Swiss
  • Cheddar
  • Gruyere
  • Gouda
  • Havarti
  • Mozzarella

Step 4: Top to Your Heart's Content

Just before cooking, layer on the accessories. Here&aposs where you can really get creative with savory, sweet, and even crunchy bonus items. Just be sure to layer ingredients thin enough that the cheese will still be able to melt, the thicker the sandwich the longer the cooking time. Go wild with:

  • Apple or pear slices
  • Pickles banana peppers or jalapeño slices
  • Tomato slices
  • Pickle slices
  • Saut mushrooms
  • Diced roasted red peppers
  • Avocado slices
  • Thyme, rosemary, basil, or other fresh herbs
  • Crispy bacon strips
  • Prosciutto
  • Sliced grilled chicken or steak

Step 5: Melt

Now the heat is on. While a skillet or griddle both work great, you can also score stellar results with a bigger option to cook all the sandwiches at once, or appliances that add extra crispy edges. We like:

  • Panini press (Hamilton Beach Panini Press $40,�thandbeyond.com)
  • Grill pan (Lodge 10 ½-inch Cast Iron Square Grill Pan $21, target.com)
  • Waffle iron (Cuisinart Nonstick Round Classic Waffle Iron $30, target.com)
  • Sheet pan in the oven (full instructions here!)

Step 6: Devour

Slice in half𠅍iagonal is our preferred method𠅊nd enjoy as-is or dunk in yourꃺvorite soup recipe to complete the grilled cheese night in quintessential comfort food-style.


How to Host an Epic Make-Your-Own Grilled Cheese Night in 6 Easy Steps

Upgrade this classic comfort food with everyone's unique spins on it.

Looking for a quick and affordable yet creative way to make dinner fun again? Say cheese! Grilled cheese, that is, and make it an interactive experience where everyone can build their own sandwich. By setting out a variety of breads, cheeses, and toppings, each member of the family can make a unique cheesy masterpiece without having to worry about catering to picky eaters.

Follow this easy six-step strategy to perk up a Friday night family meal or for one of the easiest, cheesiest਎ntertaining ideas that will feed a crowd𠅊nd fast.

Step 1: Choose Your Bread

White bread isn&apost your only option (although it&aposs a great one!). Offer a mix of textures, flavors, and thicknesses so diners can tailor to their own tastes. For a nice variety, we suggest:

  • White
  • Wheat or multigrain
  • Sourdough
  • Ciabatta
  • Focaccia
  • Rye
  • Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread (such as Canyon Bakehouse Gluten-Free 7-Grain Bread $5.99, target.com)

Step 2: Choose Your Spread

For the outside of each slice, butter, garlic-infused olive oil, or mayo all taste magical and create a great crispy crust. Then for the inside, try:

Step 3: Stack on the Cheese

Now it&aposs time for the featured ingredient: Fromage. These can be shreds, slices, or in blocks that you shred yourself. Aim for varieties that melt to gooey perfection in minutes, such as:

  • American
  • Brie
  • Swiss
  • Cheddar
  • Gruyere
  • Gouda
  • Havarti
  • Mozzarella

Step 4: Top to Your Heart's Content

Just before cooking, layer on the accessories. Here&aposs where you can really get creative with savory, sweet, and even crunchy bonus items. Just be sure to layer ingredients thin enough that the cheese will still be able to melt, the thicker the sandwich the longer the cooking time. Go wild with:

  • Apple or pear slices
  • Pickles banana peppers or jalapeño slices
  • Tomato slices
  • Pickle slices
  • Saut mushrooms
  • Diced roasted red peppers
  • Avocado slices
  • Thyme, rosemary, basil, or other fresh herbs
  • Crispy bacon strips
  • Prosciutto
  • Sliced grilled chicken or steak

Step 5: Melt

Now the heat is on. While a skillet or griddle both work great, you can also score stellar results with a bigger option to cook all the sandwiches at once, or appliances that add extra crispy edges. We like:

  • Panini press (Hamilton Beach Panini Press $40,�thandbeyond.com)
  • Grill pan (Lodge 10 ½-inch Cast Iron Square Grill Pan $21, target.com)
  • Waffle iron (Cuisinart Nonstick Round Classic Waffle Iron $30, target.com)
  • Sheet pan in the oven (full instructions here!)

Step 6: Devour

Slice in half𠅍iagonal is our preferred method𠅊nd enjoy as-is or dunk in yourꃺvorite soup recipe to complete the grilled cheese night in quintessential comfort food-style.


How to Host an Epic Make-Your-Own Grilled Cheese Night in 6 Easy Steps

Upgrade this classic comfort food with everyone's unique spins on it.

Looking for a quick and affordable yet creative way to make dinner fun again? Say cheese! Grilled cheese, that is, and make it an interactive experience where everyone can build their own sandwich. By setting out a variety of breads, cheeses, and toppings, each member of the family can make a unique cheesy masterpiece without having to worry about catering to picky eaters.

Follow this easy six-step strategy to perk up a Friday night family meal or for one of the easiest, cheesiest਎ntertaining ideas that will feed a crowd𠅊nd fast.

Step 1: Choose Your Bread

White bread isn&apost your only option (although it&aposs a great one!). Offer a mix of textures, flavors, and thicknesses so diners can tailor to their own tastes. For a nice variety, we suggest:

  • White
  • Wheat or multigrain
  • Sourdough
  • Ciabatta
  • Focaccia
  • Rye
  • Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread (such as Canyon Bakehouse Gluten-Free 7-Grain Bread $5.99, target.com)

Step 2: Choose Your Spread

For the outside of each slice, butter, garlic-infused olive oil, or mayo all taste magical and create a great crispy crust. Then for the inside, try:

Step 3: Stack on the Cheese

Now it&aposs time for the featured ingredient: Fromage. These can be shreds, slices, or in blocks that you shred yourself. Aim for varieties that melt to gooey perfection in minutes, such as:

  • American
  • Brie
  • Swiss
  • Cheddar
  • Gruyere
  • Gouda
  • Havarti
  • Mozzarella

Step 4: Top to Your Heart's Content

Just before cooking, layer on the accessories. Here&aposs where you can really get creative with savory, sweet, and even crunchy bonus items. Just be sure to layer ingredients thin enough that the cheese will still be able to melt, the thicker the sandwich the longer the cooking time. Go wild with:

  • Apple or pear slices
  • Pickles banana peppers or jalapeño slices
  • Tomato slices
  • Pickle slices
  • Saut mushrooms
  • Diced roasted red peppers
  • Avocado slices
  • Thyme, rosemary, basil, or other fresh herbs
  • Crispy bacon strips
  • Prosciutto
  • Sliced grilled chicken or steak

Step 5: Melt

Now the heat is on. While a skillet or griddle both work great, you can also score stellar results with a bigger option to cook all the sandwiches at once, or appliances that add extra crispy edges. We like:

  • Panini press (Hamilton Beach Panini Press $40,�thandbeyond.com)
  • Grill pan (Lodge 10 ½-inch Cast Iron Square Grill Pan $21, target.com)
  • Waffle iron (Cuisinart Nonstick Round Classic Waffle Iron $30, target.com)
  • Sheet pan in the oven (full instructions here!)

Step 6: Devour

Slice in half𠅍iagonal is our preferred method𠅊nd enjoy as-is or dunk in yourꃺvorite soup recipe to complete the grilled cheese night in quintessential comfort food-style.


How to Host an Epic Make-Your-Own Grilled Cheese Night in 6 Easy Steps

Upgrade this classic comfort food with everyone's unique spins on it.

Looking for a quick and affordable yet creative way to make dinner fun again? Say cheese! Grilled cheese, that is, and make it an interactive experience where everyone can build their own sandwich. By setting out a variety of breads, cheeses, and toppings, each member of the family can make a unique cheesy masterpiece without having to worry about catering to picky eaters.

Follow this easy six-step strategy to perk up a Friday night family meal or for one of the easiest, cheesiest਎ntertaining ideas that will feed a crowd𠅊nd fast.

Step 1: Choose Your Bread

White bread isn&apost your only option (although it&aposs a great one!). Offer a mix of textures, flavors, and thicknesses so diners can tailor to their own tastes. For a nice variety, we suggest:

  • White
  • Wheat or multigrain
  • Sourdough
  • Ciabatta
  • Focaccia
  • Rye
  • Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread (such as Canyon Bakehouse Gluten-Free 7-Grain Bread $5.99, target.com)

Step 2: Choose Your Spread

For the outside of each slice, butter, garlic-infused olive oil, or mayo all taste magical and create a great crispy crust. Then for the inside, try:

Step 3: Stack on the Cheese

Now it&aposs time for the featured ingredient: Fromage. These can be shreds, slices, or in blocks that you shred yourself. Aim for varieties that melt to gooey perfection in minutes, such as:

  • American
  • Brie
  • Swiss
  • Cheddar
  • Gruyere
  • Gouda
  • Havarti
  • Mozzarella

Step 4: Top to Your Heart's Content

Just before cooking, layer on the accessories. Here&aposs where you can really get creative with savory, sweet, and even crunchy bonus items. Just be sure to layer ingredients thin enough that the cheese will still be able to melt, the thicker the sandwich the longer the cooking time. Go wild with:

  • Apple or pear slices
  • Pickles banana peppers or jalapeño slices
  • Tomato slices
  • Pickle slices
  • Saut mushrooms
  • Diced roasted red peppers
  • Avocado slices
  • Thyme, rosemary, basil, or other fresh herbs
  • Crispy bacon strips
  • Prosciutto
  • Sliced grilled chicken or steak

Step 5: Melt

Now the heat is on. While a skillet or griddle both work great, you can also score stellar results with a bigger option to cook all the sandwiches at once, or appliances that add extra crispy edges. We like:

  • Panini press (Hamilton Beach Panini Press $40,�thandbeyond.com)
  • Grill pan (Lodge 10 ½-inch Cast Iron Square Grill Pan $21, target.com)
  • Waffle iron (Cuisinart Nonstick Round Classic Waffle Iron $30, target.com)
  • Sheet pan in the oven (full instructions here!)

Step 6: Devour

Slice in half𠅍iagonal is our preferred method𠅊nd enjoy as-is or dunk in yourꃺvorite soup recipe to complete the grilled cheese night in quintessential comfort food-style.


How to Host an Epic Make-Your-Own Grilled Cheese Night in 6 Easy Steps

Upgrade this classic comfort food with everyone's unique spins on it.

Looking for a quick and affordable yet creative way to make dinner fun again? Say cheese! Grilled cheese, that is, and make it an interactive experience where everyone can build their own sandwich. By setting out a variety of breads, cheeses, and toppings, each member of the family can make a unique cheesy masterpiece without having to worry about catering to picky eaters.

Follow this easy six-step strategy to perk up a Friday night family meal or for one of the easiest, cheesiest਎ntertaining ideas that will feed a crowd𠅊nd fast.

Step 1: Choose Your Bread

White bread isn&apost your only option (although it&aposs a great one!). Offer a mix of textures, flavors, and thicknesses so diners can tailor to their own tastes. For a nice variety, we suggest:

  • White
  • Wheat or multigrain
  • Sourdough
  • Ciabatta
  • Focaccia
  • Rye
  • Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread (such as Canyon Bakehouse Gluten-Free 7-Grain Bread $5.99, target.com)

Step 2: Choose Your Spread

For the outside of each slice, butter, garlic-infused olive oil, or mayo all taste magical and create a great crispy crust. Then for the inside, try:

Step 3: Stack on the Cheese

Now it&aposs time for the featured ingredient: Fromage. These can be shreds, slices, or in blocks that you shred yourself. Aim for varieties that melt to gooey perfection in minutes, such as:

  • American
  • Brie
  • Swiss
  • Cheddar
  • Gruyere
  • Gouda
  • Havarti
  • Mozzarella

Step 4: Top to Your Heart's Content

Just before cooking, layer on the accessories. Here&aposs where you can really get creative with savory, sweet, and even crunchy bonus items. Just be sure to layer ingredients thin enough that the cheese will still be able to melt, the thicker the sandwich the longer the cooking time. Go wild with:

  • Apple or pear slices
  • Pickles banana peppers or jalapeño slices
  • Tomato slices
  • Pickle slices
  • Saut mushrooms
  • Diced roasted red peppers
  • Avocado slices
  • Thyme, rosemary, basil, or other fresh herbs
  • Crispy bacon strips
  • Prosciutto
  • Sliced grilled chicken or steak

Step 5: Melt

Now the heat is on. While a skillet or griddle both work great, you can also score stellar results with a bigger option to cook all the sandwiches at once, or appliances that add extra crispy edges. We like:

  • Panini press (Hamilton Beach Panini Press $40,�thandbeyond.com)
  • Grill pan (Lodge 10 ½-inch Cast Iron Square Grill Pan $21, target.com)
  • Waffle iron (Cuisinart Nonstick Round Classic Waffle Iron $30, target.com)
  • Sheet pan in the oven (full instructions here!)

Step 6: Devour

Slice in half𠅍iagonal is our preferred method𠅊nd enjoy as-is or dunk in yourꃺvorite soup recipe to complete the grilled cheese night in quintessential comfort food-style.


How to Host an Epic Make-Your-Own Grilled Cheese Night in 6 Easy Steps

Upgrade this classic comfort food with everyone's unique spins on it.

Looking for a quick and affordable yet creative way to make dinner fun again? Say cheese! Grilled cheese, that is, and make it an interactive experience where everyone can build their own sandwich. By setting out a variety of breads, cheeses, and toppings, each member of the family can make a unique cheesy masterpiece without having to worry about catering to picky eaters.

Follow this easy six-step strategy to perk up a Friday night family meal or for one of the easiest, cheesiest਎ntertaining ideas that will feed a crowd𠅊nd fast.

Step 1: Choose Your Bread

White bread isn&apost your only option (although it&aposs a great one!). Offer a mix of textures, flavors, and thicknesses so diners can tailor to their own tastes. For a nice variety, we suggest:

  • White
  • Wheat or multigrain
  • Sourdough
  • Ciabatta
  • Focaccia
  • Rye
  • Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread (such as Canyon Bakehouse Gluten-Free 7-Grain Bread $5.99, target.com)

Step 2: Choose Your Spread

For the outside of each slice, butter, garlic-infused olive oil, or mayo all taste magical and create a great crispy crust. Then for the inside, try:

Step 3: Stack on the Cheese

Now it&aposs time for the featured ingredient: Fromage. These can be shreds, slices, or in blocks that you shred yourself. Aim for varieties that melt to gooey perfection in minutes, such as:

  • American
  • Brie
  • Swiss
  • Cheddar
  • Gruyere
  • Gouda
  • Havarti
  • Mozzarella

Step 4: Top to Your Heart's Content

Just before cooking, layer on the accessories. Here&aposs where you can really get creative with savory, sweet, and even crunchy bonus items. Just be sure to layer ingredients thin enough that the cheese will still be able to melt, the thicker the sandwich the longer the cooking time. Go wild with:

  • Apple or pear slices
  • Pickles banana peppers or jalapeño slices
  • Tomato slices
  • Pickle slices
  • Saut mushrooms
  • Diced roasted red peppers
  • Avocado slices
  • Thyme, rosemary, basil, or other fresh herbs
  • Crispy bacon strips
  • Prosciutto
  • Sliced grilled chicken or steak

Step 5: Melt

Now the heat is on. While a skillet or griddle both work great, you can also score stellar results with a bigger option to cook all the sandwiches at once, or appliances that add extra crispy edges. We like:

  • Panini press (Hamilton Beach Panini Press $40,�thandbeyond.com)
  • Grill pan (Lodge 10 ½-inch Cast Iron Square Grill Pan $21, target.com)
  • Waffle iron (Cuisinart Nonstick Round Classic Waffle Iron $30, target.com)
  • Sheet pan in the oven (full instructions here!)

Step 6: Devour

Slice in half𠅍iagonal is our preferred method𠅊nd enjoy as-is or dunk in yourꃺvorite soup recipe to complete the grilled cheese night in quintessential comfort food-style.


How to Host an Epic Make-Your-Own Grilled Cheese Night in 6 Easy Steps

Upgrade this classic comfort food with everyone's unique spins on it.

Looking for a quick and affordable yet creative way to make dinner fun again? Say cheese! Grilled cheese, that is, and make it an interactive experience where everyone can build their own sandwich. By setting out a variety of breads, cheeses, and toppings, each member of the family can make a unique cheesy masterpiece without having to worry about catering to picky eaters.

Follow this easy six-step strategy to perk up a Friday night family meal or for one of the easiest, cheesiest਎ntertaining ideas that will feed a crowd𠅊nd fast.

Step 1: Choose Your Bread

White bread isn&apost your only option (although it&aposs a great one!). Offer a mix of textures, flavors, and thicknesses so diners can tailor to their own tastes. For a nice variety, we suggest:

  • White
  • Wheat or multigrain
  • Sourdough
  • Ciabatta
  • Focaccia
  • Rye
  • Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread (such as Canyon Bakehouse Gluten-Free 7-Grain Bread $5.99, target.com)

Step 2: Choose Your Spread

For the outside of each slice, butter, garlic-infused olive oil, or mayo all taste magical and create a great crispy crust. Then for the inside, try:

Step 3: Stack on the Cheese

Now it&aposs time for the featured ingredient: Fromage. These can be shreds, slices, or in blocks that you shred yourself. Aim for varieties that melt to gooey perfection in minutes, such as:

  • American
  • Brie
  • Swiss
  • Cheddar
  • Gruyere
  • Gouda
  • Havarti
  • Mozzarella

Step 4: Top to Your Heart's Content

Just before cooking, layer on the accessories. Here&aposs where you can really get creative with savory, sweet, and even crunchy bonus items. Just be sure to layer ingredients thin enough that the cheese will still be able to melt, the thicker the sandwich the longer the cooking time. Go wild with:

  • Apple or pear slices
  • Pickles banana peppers or jalapeño slices
  • Tomato slices
  • Pickle slices
  • Saut mushrooms
  • Diced roasted red peppers
  • Avocado slices
  • Thyme, rosemary, basil, or other fresh herbs
  • Crispy bacon strips
  • Prosciutto
  • Sliced grilled chicken or steak

Step 5: Melt

Now the heat is on. While a skillet or griddle both work great, you can also score stellar results with a bigger option to cook all the sandwiches at once, or appliances that add extra crispy edges. We like:

  • Panini press (Hamilton Beach Panini Press $40,�thandbeyond.com)
  • Grill pan (Lodge 10 ½-inch Cast Iron Square Grill Pan $21, target.com)
  • Waffle iron (Cuisinart Nonstick Round Classic Waffle Iron $30, target.com)
  • Sheet pan in the oven (full instructions here!)

Step 6: Devour

Slice in half𠅍iagonal is our preferred method𠅊nd enjoy as-is or dunk in yourꃺvorite soup recipe to complete the grilled cheese night in quintessential comfort food-style.


How to Host an Epic Make-Your-Own Grilled Cheese Night in 6 Easy Steps

Upgrade this classic comfort food with everyone's unique spins on it.

Looking for a quick and affordable yet creative way to make dinner fun again? Say cheese! Grilled cheese, that is, and make it an interactive experience where everyone can build their own sandwich. By setting out a variety of breads, cheeses, and toppings, each member of the family can make a unique cheesy masterpiece without having to worry about catering to picky eaters.

Follow this easy six-step strategy to perk up a Friday night family meal or for one of the easiest, cheesiest਎ntertaining ideas that will feed a crowd𠅊nd fast.

Step 1: Choose Your Bread

White bread isn&apost your only option (although it&aposs a great one!). Offer a mix of textures, flavors, and thicknesses so diners can tailor to their own tastes. For a nice variety, we suggest:

  • White
  • Wheat or multigrain
  • Sourdough
  • Ciabatta
  • Focaccia
  • Rye
  • Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread (such as Canyon Bakehouse Gluten-Free 7-Grain Bread $5.99, target.com)

Step 2: Choose Your Spread

For the outside of each slice, butter, garlic-infused olive oil, or mayo all taste magical and create a great crispy crust. Then for the inside, try:

Step 3: Stack on the Cheese

Now it&aposs time for the featured ingredient: Fromage. These can be shreds, slices, or in blocks that you shred yourself. Aim for varieties that melt to gooey perfection in minutes, such as:

  • American
  • Brie
  • Swiss
  • Cheddar
  • Gruyere
  • Gouda
  • Havarti
  • Mozzarella

Step 4: Top to Your Heart's Content

Just before cooking, layer on the accessories. Here&aposs where you can really get creative with savory, sweet, and even crunchy bonus items. Just be sure to layer ingredients thin enough that the cheese will still be able to melt, the thicker the sandwich the longer the cooking time. Go wild with:

  • Apple or pear slices
  • Pickles banana peppers or jalapeño slices
  • Tomato slices
  • Pickle slices
  • Saut mushrooms
  • Diced roasted red peppers
  • Avocado slices
  • Thyme, rosemary, basil, or other fresh herbs
  • Crispy bacon strips
  • Prosciutto
  • Sliced grilled chicken or steak

Step 5: Melt

Now the heat is on. While a skillet or griddle both work great, you can also score stellar results with a bigger option to cook all the sandwiches at once, or appliances that add extra crispy edges. We like:

  • Panini press (Hamilton Beach Panini Press $40,�thandbeyond.com)
  • Grill pan (Lodge 10 ½-inch Cast Iron Square Grill Pan $21, target.com)
  • Waffle iron (Cuisinart Nonstick Round Classic Waffle Iron $30, target.com)
  • Sheet pan in the oven (full instructions here!)

Step 6: Devour

Slice in half𠅍iagonal is our preferred method𠅊nd enjoy as-is or dunk in yourꃺvorite soup recipe to complete the grilled cheese night in quintessential comfort food-style.


How to Host an Epic Make-Your-Own Grilled Cheese Night in 6 Easy Steps

Upgrade this classic comfort food with everyone's unique spins on it.

Looking for a quick and affordable yet creative way to make dinner fun again? Say cheese! Grilled cheese, that is, and make it an interactive experience where everyone can build their own sandwich. By setting out a variety of breads, cheeses, and toppings, each member of the family can make a unique cheesy masterpiece without having to worry about catering to picky eaters.

Follow this easy six-step strategy to perk up a Friday night family meal or for one of the easiest, cheesiest਎ntertaining ideas that will feed a crowd𠅊nd fast.

Step 1: Choose Your Bread

White bread isn&apost your only option (although it&aposs a great one!). Offer a mix of textures, flavors, and thicknesses so diners can tailor to their own tastes. For a nice variety, we suggest:

  • White
  • Wheat or multigrain
  • Sourdough
  • Ciabatta
  • Focaccia
  • Rye
  • Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread (such as Canyon Bakehouse Gluten-Free 7-Grain Bread $5.99, target.com)

Step 2: Choose Your Spread

For the outside of each slice, butter, garlic-infused olive oil, or mayo all taste magical and create a great crispy crust. Then for the inside, try:

Step 3: Stack on the Cheese

Now it&aposs time for the featured ingredient: Fromage. These can be shreds, slices, or in blocks that you shred yourself. Aim for varieties that melt to gooey perfection in minutes, such as:

  • American
  • Brie
  • Swiss
  • Cheddar
  • Gruyere
  • Gouda
  • Havarti
  • Mozzarella

Step 4: Top to Your Heart's Content

Just before cooking, layer on the accessories. Here&aposs where you can really get creative with savory, sweet, and even crunchy bonus items. Just be sure to layer ingredients thin enough that the cheese will still be able to melt, the thicker the sandwich the longer the cooking time. Go wild with:

  • Apple or pear slices
  • Pickles banana peppers or jalapeño slices
  • Tomato slices
  • Pickle slices
  • Saut mushrooms
  • Diced roasted red peppers
  • Avocado slices
  • Thyme, rosemary, basil, or other fresh herbs
  • Crispy bacon strips
  • Prosciutto
  • Sliced grilled chicken or steak

Step 5: Melt

Now the heat is on. While a skillet or griddle both work great, you can also score stellar results with a bigger option to cook all the sandwiches at once, or appliances that add extra crispy edges. We like:

  • Panini press (Hamilton Beach Panini Press $40,�thandbeyond.com)
  • Grill pan (Lodge 10 ½-inch Cast Iron Square Grill Pan $21, target.com)
  • Waffle iron (Cuisinart Nonstick Round Classic Waffle Iron $30, target.com)
  • Sheet pan in the oven (full instructions here!)

Step 6: Devour

Slice in half𠅍iagonal is our preferred method𠅊nd enjoy as-is or dunk in yourꃺvorite soup recipe to complete the grilled cheese night in quintessential comfort food-style.


How to Host an Epic Make-Your-Own Grilled Cheese Night in 6 Easy Steps

Upgrade this classic comfort food with everyone's unique spins on it.

Looking for a quick and affordable yet creative way to make dinner fun again? Say cheese! Grilled cheese, that is, and make it an interactive experience where everyone can build their own sandwich. By setting out a variety of breads, cheeses, and toppings, each member of the family can make a unique cheesy masterpiece without having to worry about catering to picky eaters.

Follow this easy six-step strategy to perk up a Friday night family meal or for one of the easiest, cheesiest਎ntertaining ideas that will feed a crowd𠅊nd fast.

Step 1: Choose Your Bread

White bread isn&apost your only option (although it&aposs a great one!). Offer a mix of textures, flavors, and thicknesses so diners can tailor to their own tastes. For a nice variety, we suggest:

  • White
  • Wheat or multigrain
  • Sourdough
  • Ciabatta
  • Focaccia
  • Rye
  • Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread (such as Canyon Bakehouse Gluten-Free 7-Grain Bread $5.99, target.com)

Step 2: Choose Your Spread

For the outside of each slice, butter, garlic-infused olive oil, or mayo all taste magical and create a great crispy crust. Then for the inside, try:

Step 3: Stack on the Cheese

Now it&aposs time for the featured ingredient: Fromage. These can be shreds, slices, or in blocks that you shred yourself. Aim for varieties that melt to gooey perfection in minutes, such as:

  • American
  • Brie
  • Swiss
  • Cheddar
  • Gruyere
  • Gouda
  • Havarti
  • Mozzarella

Step 4: Top to Your Heart's Content

Just before cooking, layer on the accessories. Here&aposs where you can really get creative with savory, sweet, and even crunchy bonus items. Just be sure to layer ingredients thin enough that the cheese will still be able to melt, the thicker the sandwich the longer the cooking time. Go wild with:

  • Apple or pear slices
  • Pickles banana peppers or jalapeño slices
  • Tomato slices
  • Pickle slices
  • Saut mushrooms
  • Diced roasted red peppers
  • Avocado slices
  • Thyme, rosemary, basil, or other fresh herbs
  • Crispy bacon strips
  • Prosciutto
  • Sliced grilled chicken or steak

Step 5: Melt

Now the heat is on. While a skillet or griddle both work great, you can also score stellar results with a bigger option to cook all the sandwiches at once, or appliances that add extra crispy edges. We like:

  • Panini press (Hamilton Beach Panini Press $40,�thandbeyond.com)
  • Grill pan (Lodge 10 ½-inch Cast Iron Square Grill Pan $21, target.com)
  • Waffle iron (Cuisinart Nonstick Round Classic Waffle Iron $30, target.com)
  • Sheet pan in the oven (full instructions here!)

Step 6: Devour

Slice in half𠅍iagonal is our preferred method𠅊nd enjoy as-is or dunk in yourꃺvorite soup recipe to complete the grilled cheese night in quintessential comfort food-style.


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