Grilled Cheese Four Ways – Part I

1 Dec

Every other year, we go to Abe’s family in Montana for Thanksgiving.  The day after Thanksgiving, we have the bi-annual Moore Family Grilled Cheese competition.  Last year, I lost.  7th place out of 7 competitors.  To explain (or make excuses), I didn’t exactly cater to my Montana audience.  My Parmesan crusted wheat bread with sharp white cheddar, tomato, and pesto came as an unwelcome surprise (the “green stuff” was particularly objectionable) and came in behind two pieces of white bread and a Kraft single that was burned on the grill, among others (love you, Dinger!).

As it turns out, last year’s loser is this year’s MC.  So life is good again.  Especially because I was first to try each sandwich.

The rules are simple: make a grilled cheese sandwich that is at least 60% cheese (excluding bread).  Points are awarded for taste, creativity, and plating (thanks, Iron Chef).

This year, seven competitors entered the competition, including Abe (he was trying to redeem my 7th place finish).  I was going to feature the top three, but since Abe took fourth, I decided to start with the fourth place sandwich (and my personal favorite).

Abe’s Grilled Cheese


Sourdough bread;

Sliced sharp cheddar;

Sliced Fontina;

Thinly sliced pear;


Chili powder


Using a knife, spread a thin layer of honey on two slices of bread.  Dust the honey with chili powder until the honey is lightly and evenly coated.

Add generous helpings of cheddar and Fontina.

Add one layer of pear.  Assemble the sandwich.  Butter the outside of the bread.

Grill on medium high until the bread is golden brown and crispy and the cheese is melted.  Serve.


Check back for the third through first place finishers!


3 Responses to “Grilled Cheese Four Ways – Part I”

  1. arianne1220 December 1, 2011 at 11:06 pm #

    Looks good, BIL! Very creative.

  2. John December 2, 2011 at 12:36 am #

    Thanks for the recipe. You omitted the title, though — “This sandwich will kiss you then slap you.” Dug it, though I suggest less kiss and more slap. (I was a judge at the contest.)

  3. Cindy December 2, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    This is an amazing tradition. Must implement right away 🙂 . Thanks!

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