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DIY Grilled Cheese Bar for the Super Bowl

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Tips on how to have a rockin’ grilled cheese station for your party

Author Shane Kearns of the grilled cheese cookbook Melt shares his tips.

Grilled cheese is pretty much the pinnacle of comfort food. But did you know that it could be turned into the most unique party food, with the help of some inventive toppings and a decked out station? Shane Kearns author of the the cookbook Melt: 100 Amazing Adventures in Grilled Cheese, shows us how we can serve grilled cheese sandwiches for dessert, stacked snacks and yes, even for a party. To learn how you can serve this flavorful, creative dish at your next Super Bowl party, check out Shane’s tips here:

“A grilled cheese bar must have variety, allowing your guests to choose from the exotic to the comfortable while at the same time not overwhelming them.”


  • Three to four cheeses is the perfect amount to allow variety without over doing it
  • Cheddar is gourmet while not being too exotic
  • Blue cheese has a great tang
  • Havarti is a great mild, creamy cheese that will satisfy the simple palate.
  • Gruyere is a cheese that your guests may not be familiar with but are still willing to try


A great mix of sliced breads will allow for your guest to find their favorite.

  • Multigrain
  • Rye
  • Sourdough


The choices for toppings are endless. If you know your crowd's tastes, you can try and cater the ingredients to their palette or you can switch it up and include a few ingredients they might not have been expecting. Here are some suggestions...

  • Tomatoes are traditional and a must at any grilled cheese bar. Heirloom tomatoes are an upgraded option. Other, similar options include avocados and sliced peppers
  • Fruit are a great addition to any grilled cheese, including sliced apples, mango, and peaches
  • Caramelized onions and sauteed mushrooms add great flavor
  • To add a little kick, include sliced jalapeno and crushed red peppers
  • Jams, aiolis (mayonnaise based sauces) and mustards are a great compliment to cheeses

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Do I win the 'worst mommy' award if I admit that my boys have never been to a sleepover. Never. Ever. Not one.

I mean, we have gone on overnight road trips with friends and countless camping trips with other families. So, does that count? The point of a sleepover is to have fun with friends for a hefty block of time, right?

So, on our trips with friends, we do crafts.

And we lounge on the couch and watch movies.

I think it counts. I'm just gonna say it counts. Anyway, I love hosting 'bars' for group meals. You know S'mores Bars, Taco Bars, Bloody Mary Bars.

It takes all the last minute assembly of a dish off the host or hostess and anything that is less work for me, lets me enjoy the party even more. Here's how I host an easy sleepover dinner.

First, grilled cheese is not all about the cheese. You think that grilled cheese is about the cheese and that's certainly important, but there are a lot of elements needed to inspire grilled cheese creativity. And, yes, I did actually buy that cheese (pictured above) because it had my name on it!

The average price in America to buy whole wheat bread is around $2.00 and for cheddar cheese it's around $5.50—and that's per pound! This two-ingredient sandwich is an obvious go-to when you're on a budget or just looking for in a cheap meal that is indulgent. Although cheese and bread are the only two components necessary for grilled cheese, look at it as a blank canvas ready to be painted with tons of other nutritional ingredients. And if you make it right, you can stay on budget and on your diet!

50 Grilled Cheese

1. Classic Sandwich: 2 slices cheddar, monterey jack or Swiss cheese between 2 slices country white bread cook, flipping once, until golden.

2. Bacon and Tomato: Make Classic Grilled Cheese (No. 1), adding 3 slices crisp bacon and 1 slice tomato between the cheese.

3. Triple Cheese: Make Classic Grilled Cheese (No. 1), using 1 slice each cheddar, muenster and Swiss cheese.

4. Spicy Nacho Sandwich: 2 slices white bread with 1 slice monterey jack or American cheese, some pickled jalapeño slices and 1 slice cheddar. Cook, flipping once, until golden.


Crunchy Nacho Grilled Cheese (No. 5), Goat Cheese-Peppadew (No. 6)

Crunchy Nacho Grilled Cheese (No. 5), Goat Cheese-Peppadew (No. 6)

5. Crunchy Nacho: Make Spicy Nacho Grilled Cheese (No. 4), adding 1 tablespoon crushed corn chips with the jalapenos.

6. Goat Cheese–Peppadew: Mix 1/2 cup cream cheese with 1/4 cup goat cheese and 8 chopped Peppadew peppers. Sandwich one-quarter of the mixture between 2 slices multigrain bread cook, flipping once, until golden. (Use the remaining cheese mixture for more sandwiches.)


7. Grilled Cheese Fingers: Make Classic Grilled Cheese (No. 1). Cut off the crusts and cut the sandwich into strips.

8. Diner Sandwich: 2 slices American cheese between 2 slices white bread. Spread mayonnaise on the outside of the sandwich and cook, flipping once, until golden. Serve with ketchup.

9. Spicy Diner Mix: 1 tablespoon mayonnaise with 1/4 teaspoon Sriracha. Make Diner Grilled Cheese (No. 8), replacing the mayonnaise with the spicy mayonnaise mixture.

10. Cheddar and Pickles: Make Diner Grilled Cheese (No. 8), replacing the American cheese with aged white cheddar and adding sliced pickles between the cheese.

11. Havarti and Chicken Salad: Sandwich 2 slices potato bread with 1 slice havarti, 2 to 3 tablespoons chicken salad and another slice of havarti. Cook, flipping once, until golden.

12. Garlic Ham and Cheese: Prepare 2 thick slices frozen garlic bread as the label directs. Sandwich with 2 slices each monterey jack and ham. Cook, flipping once, until golden.

13. Pesto: Spread pesto on 1 slice white bread. Top with 1 slice each provolone and mozzarella. Top with another slice of bread and cook, flipping once, until golden.


14. Avocado: Toss 1/4 sliced avocado with lime juice and lime zest to taste. Sandwich 2 slices white bread with 2 slices pepper jack and the avocado. Cook, flipping once, until golden.

15. Potato Chip: Spread yellow mustard on 1 slice whole-wheat bread top with 2 slices American cheese and 8 potato chips. Top with another slice of bread and cook, flipping once, until golden.

16. Swiss-Mushroom: Spread 2 slices rye bread with Thousand Island dressing. Sandwich with 1 slice Swiss cheese, some sautéed mushrooms and onions, and another slice of Swiss. Cook, flipping once, until golden.

17. Bagel Spread: a split bagel with mayonnaise and spicy mustard. Sandwich with 1 slice muenster, 2 slices salami and another slice of muenster. Cook, flipping once, until golden, pressing to flatten.

18. Cajun Sandwich: 2 slices country white bread with 2 slices provolone. Cook in butter with a pinch of Cajun seasoning.

19. Muffuletta: Make Cajun Grilled Cheese (No. 18), adding 1 tablespoon deli olive salad between the cheese.

20. Roasted Tomato: Toss 4 halved plum tomatoes with 1 tablespoon olive oil, and thyme, salt and pepper to taste. Roast at 350 degrees F, 1 hour mash. Spread 2 slices sourdough bread with one-quarter of the tomato mixture and sandwich with 2 slices cheddar. Cook, flipping once, until golden. (Use the remaining tomato mixture for more sandwiches.)


Blue Cheese and Onion Grilled Cheese

21. Blue Cheese and Onion: Sandwich 2 slices marble rye bread with 1 slice each muenster and soft blue cheese, some caramelized onions and another slice of muenster. Cook, flipping once, until golden.

22. Italian: Sandwich 2 slices sourdough bread with 1 slice provolone, 1 slice mortadella, some chopped pickled vegetables and another slice of provolone. Cook, flipping once, until golden.

23. Fontina and Sage: Fry 4 sage leaves in a skillet in butter and olive oil until crisp. Sandwich 2 slices crusty bread with 2 slices fontina and the fried sage. Cook in the same skillet.

24. Mediterranean: Spread baba ghanoush on 2 slices whole-grain bread. Sandwich with 1 slice monterey jack, a few thin slices grilled zucchini, 2 tablespoons crumbled feta and another slice of monterey jack. Cook in olive oil.

25. Gruyere and Sauerkraut: Spread dijon mustard on 1 slice crusty bread. Top with 2 slices gruyere, 1 tablespoon sauerkraut and another slice of bread. Cook, flipping once, until golden.

26. Roast Beef and Brie: Spread 2 slices sourdough bread with dijon mustard and brie (remove the rind). Sandwich with some caramelized onions and 1 slice roast beef. Cook, flipping once, until golden.

27. Inside-Out Bun: Sandwich 1 slice each pepper jack and Swiss cheese on an inside-out seedless hamburger bun. Cook, flipping once, until golden.

28. Patty Melt: Cook a thin hamburger patty to medium doneness. Sandwich an inside-out seedless hamburger bun with 1 slice cheddar, the hamburger patty and 1 slice American cheese. Cook, flipping once, until golden.

29. Hot Dog: Halve a hot dog lengthwise brown in a skillet. Spread a hot dog bun with ketchup and mustard, then sandwich with the hot dog and 1 slice American cheese. Cook, flipping once, until golden, pressing to flatten.

30. Meaty Macaroni: Spread 3 tablespoons warm macaroni and cheese on 2 slices potato bread. Drizzle with hot sauce and sandwich with ¼ cup warm pulled pork. Cook, flipping once, until golden.

31. Spanish Olive Sandwich: 1/4 cup grated manchego cheese and 1 tablespoon sliced green olives between 2 slices white bread. Cook, flipping once, until golden.

32. Fig and Olive: Make Spanish Olive Grilled Cheese (No. 31), spreading the bread with fig jam before building the sandwich.

Top: The Cheddar Brussels

  • Sourdough levain (Fleur de Lis)
  • Aged cheddar (Face Rock Creamery)
  • Medium cheddar (Tillamook)
  • Brussels sprouts: Heat 1 tbsp olive oil over high and sauté ½ cup thinly sliced brussels sprouts for 3–4 minutes, or until soft and beginning to brown. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Sage Aioli: Combine ¼ cup mayonnaise, 1 tsp finely chopped fresh sage, and 1 clove garlic, finely chopped. Add lemon juice, salt, and pepper to taste.

From Dip to Pasta, Giada De Laurentiis Has Every Super Bowl Snack Recipe You Could Possibly Need

Believe it or not, Super Bowl LIV is this Sunday and if you’re anything like us, you haven’t quite settled on the perfect Game Day menu. Should we order wings again? Should we stick to the same ‘ole bag of Lay’s and French onion dip? No, this year, we’re asking ourselves, “What would Giada De Laurentiis make?” And as it turns out, the Food Network host’s Super Bowl menu is a mouthwatering mix of football food staples, like cheesy, deep-fried bites, wings, and football-shaped pizzas, and “healthier” options, like stuffed dates, avocado hummus, and white bean dip, and much, much more.

Last week, De Laurentiis did us all a solid and posted to her website her “go-to Game Day goodies,” a list of more than 15 easy appetizers, dishes, and desserts, to consider making. Why so many options? De Laurentiis’ motto for Super Bowl entertaining is “a little bit of everything, and not a lot of anything,” after all.

In lieu of French onion dip or ranch dip, we’re opting for De Laurentiis’ white bean dip with pita chips &mdash what she describes as “the Italian version of hummus.” It takes less than 30 minutes to make this easy starter. Keep in mind that this recipe serves six, so if you’re hosting a party, you might want to make two, making three servings.

You can’t have a Super Bowl party without pizza. And if you’ll have kids around, you’ll definitely want to make both the football pizza (another quick-and-easy recipe) and De Laurentiis’ sausage and broccoli pizza for the grown-ups.

This sausage and broccoli pizza is a “Neapolitan-style pizza topped with spicy Italian sausage, broccoli, and homemade red sauce,” her website states.

Looking for a couple new wing recipes? De Laurentiis has you covered there, too, with her Mediterranean chili wings and spicy tequila lime wings.

You’ll need to marinate the wings in the fridge for two to four hours, so you’ll want to start prepping well before the game starts.

Of course, no party is complete without dessert, and De Laurentiis has not one, not two, but three desserts from which to choose: a savory red pepper cheesecake, espresso caramel bars, and salted double chocolate popcorn cookies.

Image: Elizabeth Newman/Giadzy.

This three-cheese cheesecake has an unexpected savory ingredient: sweet red peppers.

Image: Elizabeth Newman/Giadzy.

Sea salt sprinkled caramel candy bars? Yes &mdash a thousand times yes.

Image: Elizabeth Newman/Giadzy.

You’re probably popping popcorn for the big game so why not add some to your…cookies? Hey, if Giada says it’s delicious, we’ll believe her. For the perfect batch of cookies, you’ll want to refrigerate the sea salt-sprinkled dough for at least two hours.

And there you have it: a Super Bowl spread that’ll leave guests full &mdash and impressed.

DIY Grilled Cheese Bar for the Super Bowl - Recipes

We’ve written a lot about “party bars” for entertaining, where guests add their favorite fillings or toppings to customize a food. Check out:



The California Avocado Commission sent us the idea, from recipe developer Rachel Matthews of She takes grilled avocados to a higher level by letting each person select his or her favorite fillings.

“A Grilled Stuffed Avocado Bar is so incredibly easy to put together,” says Rachel, “and it’s a great way for people to get creative with their food.”

The concept can be used for sides or appetizers and snacks with beer and wine. Prep time is 1 minute, cook time is 10 minutes, plus prep time for the fillings.

Of course, you can also have a plain DIY Avocado Bar, with uncooked avocados.

Ingredients Per Serving

For The Fillings

Consider savory, spicy and sweet options. Some suggestions:


1. PREHEAT the grill to medium-high and set out the fillings, plates and utensils.

2. BRUSH the flesh side of each avocado half with olive oil, to keep them from sticking to the grill. Place them flesh side down on a medium-high heated grill. Cook for about 5 minutes. If you want cross-hatch grill marks, change the direction the avocados lie on the grill. Either way, grill them another 4–5 minutes or until you see the skin of the avocado change colors (it’s really noticeable).

3. PLACE the avocados on a platter next to the fillings, and watch your guests enjoy creating their food.

Nachos – The standard Super Bowl Snack

When I think of super bowl, I think of nachos. They go hand in hand, right? I mean who doesn’t love a huge plate of nachos? Here we have our best Super Bowl snack nacho recipes.

Some tips on making nachos:
Making them in a sheet pan lined with foil means you will have the easiest cleanup ever. The other thing I love about sheet pan nachos are the fact that you have enough space to evenly spread the nachos in an even thin layer to that all the toppings are on every chip. I hate it when you have chips at the bottom that are bare!

  • Our Sheet Pan Chipotle Chicken Nachos are at the top of this list because they deserve this spot. Juicy chicken in a chipotle sauce with a white cheese sauce and a bunch of toppings = the best nachos ever!
  • If you have picky eaters our DIY Nacho Bar is perfect. Everyone can build their own plate of nachos the exact way they want it! The queso sauce for this recipe is so creamy! Talk about a crowd pleasing Super Bowl snack!

  • For our Korean BBQ Nachos we use fried wonton wrappers, a kimchi cheese sauce, and bulgogi. This Super Bowl snack recipe is perfect if you’re looking to serve something delicious but unexpected!
    are classic among the nacho genre. We love our carne asada recipe, and on top of nachos it’s perfect. We topped our nachos with all the usual suspects, guac, radish, corn, sour cream, but this recipe is so flexible you can just go for it and add whatever toppings you love best.

The Ultimate Backyard Dinner Party: Pizza on the Grill

Take your next summer backyard party up a notch by whipping up individual-sized pizzas on the grill. Pies on the grill make for a fun and delicious way to take it outside, and by offering up a variety of toppings, everyone gets to "order" their favorite.

Check out helpful tips for grilling pizza, then get cooking with our party and recipe ideas below. No fancy backyard pizza oven required!

Keep pizza party cleanup on the easy side with Finish® Quantum® dishwasher detergent to scrub, degrease, and shine up all your prep and serving dishes

Preparing the Basics: Pizza Dough and Sauces

Make the pizza dough and pizza sauce the day before, and be sure to make each pie a single-serving size--they&aposre easier to work with on the grill, and fun to personalize.

We&aposve gathered some of our most popular pizza crust and pizza sauce recipes here:

Toppings for Everyone

Chop and slice a handful of the standard crowd-pleasing toppings like mushrooms, bell peppers, black olives, pepperoni, and sausage, or check out some of these pizza recipes for some ingredient combo inspiration:

  • Pesto makes a great base sauce for Pesto Pizza. is a summertime favorite.
  • You can't go wrong with a classic Four Cheese Margherita Pizza. features feta cheese, tomatoes, and spinach.
  • Spice things up with D's Taco Pizza, which is everything you love in a taco, but on a pizza.
  • Hot sauce, blue cheese dressing, and chicken top this Buffalo-Style Chicken pizza.

Tips for Setting Up a Grilled Pizza Party

Things move fast once you start grilling--the pizza dough is ready in just a few minutes--so before you start cooking, make sure your pizza station is prepped.

  • Make sure you have a surface near the BBQ where you can place pre-made pizza dough crusts. Grill two to four at a time, depending on how large your grill is.
  • Set up a DIY toppings bar. Arrange all your toppings in individual bowls, then have more small empty bowls that guests can use to put their chosen toppings in. (They will be topping their crusts while on the grill, so they&aposll need something that&aposs easy to access when it&aposs their turn.)
  • Make sure dinner plates are big enough to handle the pizzas. If you have a big enough cutting board, you can slice the pies before you serve &aposem up.

Watch this video for Pizza on the Grill to see how to make herbed pizza crust and how to shape and grill it.

If you don&apost want to make your own pizza dough, these grilled pizza recipes all start with ready-made refrigerated pizza dough to speed things up:

    : topped with chopped chicken, BBQ sauce, tomatoes, and cheese : topped with tomatoes, basil, and two kinds of cheese : topped with pesto and grilled vegetables. : topped with jarred Alfredo sauce, ground chicken, and cheese.

Don&apost Forget Dessert

Stay in outdoor cooking mode for some post-pizza, backyard eats that&aposll satisfy your sweet tooth:

DIY Grilled Cheese Bar

Ahh grilled cheese. The perfect meal for Fall, that&aposs easy and makes you feel like a kid again. I recently went back to work and unfortunately my classroom is "nut free". I usually am a PB & J kind of girl, so I needed a new work sandwich and I found that you can have so much fun with grilled cheese!

For a fun Yom Tov meal or any time lunch for kids or adults you can try a grilled cheese bar. ਊll you need is a griddle or large frying pan ready to go.  Set out plates filled with a selection of different breads, cheeses and other fillings.  Fillings can include anything from fried eggplant to grilled veggies to fake bacon.  You can also offer a variety of spreads, like sweet preserves, spicy mustard, pesto or tapenade.  Then let everyone create their own!!  Maybe serve a few salads and pickled veggies and your done.  Have fun and let your guests play chef.


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