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The Grilled Cheese Cook Off

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UGH. I lost the office grilled cheese cook off. I’m not good at any sports whatsoever and I wish everyone would stop talking about basketball this month and I get my one chance to excel in a food-related challenge and I lose to my boss. I cannot win. Literally.

Is that a good way to start a blog about a grilled cheese? Like how they intro dishes on Top Chef: “Today I have prepared for you a losing grilled cheese of pretzel roll, peppered Toscana cheese, double cream gouda, cream cheese, and garlic butter pressed to perfection and sprinkled with pink himalayan sea salt.”

They said it was too salty. (Daaaaamn it, pink himalayan sea salt, DAMNIT.) In my defense, my coworkers totally requested that we stock the office snack bar with Progresso clam chowder so… we’re not dealing with the most sophisticated palates here now, are we? (Ooh, burn.)

I do admit the other grilled cheeses were clearly better than mine good game blah blah here’s my grilled cheese.

My Grilled Cheese That Lost

I don’t really know how much of anything I used. You’ve made a grilled cheese before. You know.


  • 1 pretzel roll
  • shredded peppered Toscana cheese (I don’t know; they were handing out samples at Trader Joe’s so I bought it), a significant amount
  • shredded double cream gouda, a significant amount
  • cream cheese, just like a tablespoon
  • ample garlic herb butter
  • maybe skip the salt (?)


  1. Warm up your sandwich press
  2. Cut the pretzel roll in half and then place it cut-side down. (You’re going to grill the inside, do you follow me?)
  3. Mix the shredded cheeses together with the cream cheese
  4. Spread the cheese mix onto what was originally the outside of the pretzel bun but is now going to be the inside (the brown part) and top with the other half of the bun
  5. Generously butter both sides of the sandwich and place in the press until golden-brown and crispy
  6. Maybe do not top with salt

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I know where I went wrong. I went all Chopped-Challenge-in-the-third-round on my competitors and meanwhile the winning sandwich was white bread with pepperjack cheese and potato chips. The Barefoot Contessa is a having a straight up meltdown over that, I just know it.

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The other crowd favorite was the cheesy focaccia stuffed with pesto, mozzarella and tomatoes, which I’m just going to go ahead and say is actually a pizza and, therefore, disqualified.

Good game, competitors! Next up: chili cook off.


  1. Can I work where you work? The most competition we ever have is who has the most papers to grade. NOT AS FUN.

  2. i don’t know, grilled cheese with pink sea salt sounds pretty ingenious. isn’t that why people love cheese?! savory and salty goodness? yours is a winner in my book, i’ll have to try it.

  3. What is this “too salty” your coworkers speak of? What are these people talking about? No. such. thing.
    Sounds delicious.

    • This is what I’m saying

  4. Amanda Bee Amanda Bee

    Dang. Cheese gives me the worst stomachache (lactose intolerant, yo) and I would still eat all those grilled cheeses. Especially with the pretzel roll, wut.

  5. I’d demand a revote! Part of the reason we love cheese is it’s saltiness. How can there be too much salt? Now I need a grilled cheese.

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