Grilled Wine & Cheese

by on April 7, 2011

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Just when I think I’ve tried every possible technique for making sandwiches on this blog I find a new concept that begs me to try it. Have you ever brushed wine inside a grilled cheese sandwich? I was browsing the recipe section of the Panera Bread website when I saw a recipe for Grilled Gruyère on Asiago Cheese Bread calling for dry white wine to be brushed inside the bread. That idea was new to me. And highly appealing.

In a way, it’s not so different from drizzling vinegar or vinaigrettes on a sandwich – it just adds flavor. Come to think of it, wine and cheese are the most natural pairing on the planet. We all should have been drizzling wine on grilled cheese all along!

In case you’re up for giving it a try – or you just want to choose a wine to fill your glass along with your grilled cheese – I found a helpful cheese pairing tool to help guide your choices. Here are a few great-for-grilling cheeses and their recommended wine counterparts:

Wine & Grilled Cheese Pairings

I swept chardonnay inside my bread on this Grilled Gruyère sandwich and that extra, surprising little hint of flavor was wonderful. But lest I lead you into thinking this sandwich was all about the wine, that definitely was not the case. The Gruyère itself is the true star, as well it should be. The wine, Dijon mustard, onions and tomatoes only enhance the flavor of the cheese. The Asiago bread itself, which I picked up from Panera, lent some salty-nutty flavor as well and was perfect for grilling.

While this sandwich isn’t actually available on the menu at Panera, you can find the recipe for it as well as many other innovative off-the-menu items on their website.

This is the third and final post in a series sponsored by Panera Bread. While I have been compensated for writing this post, the opinions expressed are, as always, my own.

Grilled Gruyere on Asiago Cheese Bread

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1 Shaina April 7, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Oh, this is such a fantastic idea. I can’t wait to try it.
Shaina´s last blog post ..Eat Well- Spend Less- Menus and Meal Planning

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2 RJ Flamingo April 7, 2011 at 10:39 pm

I’m in love! What an excellent idea – and that chart with the wine pairings – perfect!
RJ Flamingo´s last blog post ..The Art of the Hard Boiled Egg

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3 Nate @ House of Annie April 7, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Really good idea. Could you tell the difference between the Chardonnay and the white wine in the Dijon mustard?

I wonder what cheese a muscat would go with.
Nate @ House of Annie´s last blog post ..Pah Ke’s Chinese Restaurant- Kaneohe

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4 Kathy April 8, 2011 at 8:02 am

Ha ha, can’t say for sure whether my palate could discern the difference but, hey, a little extra flavor never hurts.

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5 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen April 8, 2011 at 3:52 am

Fantastic idea. This is going to totally change the way I make grilled cheese sandwiches!
Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen´s last blog post ..potatoes with crème fraîche sauce well dressed potatoes for a guest post

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6 Lori @ RecipeGirl April 8, 2011 at 6:24 am

I LOVE THIS IDEA! Going to have to remember that one for creating future grilled cheese recipes!
Lori @ RecipeGirl´s last blog post ..Southwestern Bruschetta Bites

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7 Nicole April 8, 2011 at 7:27 am

Sounds like a great idea!

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8 Maria April 8, 2011 at 7:30 am

Great combo!

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9 Julie M. April 8, 2011 at 8:47 am

Oh yum! That sounds so delicious! I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of that before. I’m definitely trying it out.

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10 Mike April 8, 2011 at 9:01 am

What a great idea! I love some balsamic vinegar in my panini, so this sounds awesome! Cooking down some red wine would probably be really delicious…

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11 Nicole-The Galley Gourmet April 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm

This sandwich is right up my alley. Nice to have found your site:) I adore panini.

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12 Karen April 8, 2011 at 8:55 pm

I just wish I could be part of your taste tester team….this sounds fabulous!
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13 Carole April 8, 2011 at 10:47 pm

What a great idea! thanks for sharing it. I look forward to trying it soon.

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14 Genie April 9, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Absolutely amazing way to transform a classic, simple dish into something spectacular.
Genie´s last blog post ..Eating laap in Laos

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15 Get Real Chris April 11, 2011 at 9:35 am

Wine inside a grilled cheese…who would have thunk it. Brilliant idea.

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16 Maris (In Good Taste) April 11, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Oh you are on to something here! What a great idea!
Maris (In Good Taste)´s last blog post ..Easy Bread Recipe That Anyone Can Make- No-Knead Refrigerator Bread

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17 Kevin (Closet Cooking) April 13, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I was wondering how you were going to get the wine in there. I will definitely have to try a wine grilled cheese sandwich!

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18 Megan April 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm

I love Gruyere and this gives me a reason to have wine with lunch!!!

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19 Kelsey, at Happyolks April 20, 2011 at 6:02 pm

My best friend is going to flip out when she sees your cheese-wine pairing. I’m going to to send this to her immediately! Looking forward to meeting you at the upcoming SD Bloggers Bake Sale :)

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20 marla April 23, 2011 at 7:33 am

Girl this is genius!!! Love it. A little bit of everything in each bite.

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