OK, I know what you’re thinking. You want me to serve grilled cheese to guests…as an appetizer? Unconventional, I know, but hear me out. If you’re idea of a grilled cheese is pasteurized cheese spread and Wonder bread, you’re in for a treat. This is no ordinary grilled cheese. Just a few simple ingredients turns the ordinary into the extraordinary in record time. The best part? These can be made up to three hours in advance and reheated in the oven right before guests arrive without compromising any quality. Gooey cheese, buttered and toasted bread and a rich balsamic dip – what’s not to love?
Since there are so few items in this recipe, it’s important to seek out the best quality ingredients you can find. They really make a difference. Move over, Kraft Singles; nutty Gruyere and an aged, full-flavored Grafton Cheddar create an outstanding combination of flavors. Reduce the balsamic vinegar until it’s a tangy syrup, round it out with butter, and you’re left with a finger-licking sauce that’s so addictive you can’t help but ponder what else you can eat with it.
This dish is a home run with kids and adults alike. Many parents out there can relate to the exasperated eye rolls we often receive from our kids as they hit the tween and teen years. Consider this fair warning: your guest may roll their eyes in pleasure after tasting these sandwiches. But it’s one eye roll that you will actually be grateful to receive.