Super Bowl(TM) Panini: Grilled Beer & Cheese

by on February 2, 2011

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Okay, Packers fans – thanks for indulging my Pittsburgh-themed panini earlier this week. This next one is for you!

Green Bay PackersWhen I asked the Panini Happy Facebook fans for sandwich suggestions to represent Green Bay, naturally beer and cheese came to many people’s minds. It’s a classic Wisconsin pairing. As I explored different ideas for how to incorporate them into panini, I came across a creative Grilled Beer & Cheese Sandwich recipe on the Wisconsin Cheese Talk website, posted by Gabi of Honest Fare. Inspired by the flavors of the famous Wisconsin beer and cheese soup, Gabi layered sharp cheddar and fontina cheeses, caramelized onions and Dijon mustard on fresh-baked beer bread. With all of those big flavors, I had to give this one a try.

Beer Bread

Sure, the beer bread is a little more crumbly than I’d typically grill with but WOW, you have got to taste this one! I did not want to stop eating it. A brush of melted butter on top of the bread gives it this unbelievable savory crispness as you bite in. The bread itself (which is incredibly easy to make) is quite flavorful from the beer as well as a bit of salt and sugar in the dough. On the inside, the sharp aged Wisconsin cheddar cheese I used was incredibly tangy and buttery, while the Worcestershire-splashed caramelized onions were mouthwateringly sweet. This was honestly one of the tastiest sandwiches I’ve grilled in a while.

Grilled Beer & Cheese Panini

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1 Lori @ RecipeGirl February 3, 2011 at 7:35 am

You’re so dang creative. This is brilliant!
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2 *Just Fran* February 3, 2011 at 11:19 am

I wouldn’t have thought of grilling beer bread! Great sandwich!
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3 Sagan February 3, 2011 at 2:55 pm

The bread. The bread! That looks amazing. I want to eat some right now.
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4 Paula February 5, 2011 at 3:27 am

oh, what a great and delicious looking idea for a party with some friends 🙂
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5 Edible Arts February 5, 2011 at 11:31 am

wow, i had no idea you can make so many various types of paninis !
even dessert ones?!

mind blown.

thanks for visiting my page earlier, i would love to follow your blog, and if you could do the same for me, that would be greatly appreciated . (:

i will def. be a regular to your page,
and put my panini grill to work ! haha
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6 Shaina February 6, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Just made two loaves of this bread for these sammies to serve at a tiny superbowl party tonight … my husband and I just sampled the bread and WOW it is freaking amazing. Cannot wait to make these sandwiches tonight!
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7 Kathy February 6, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Fantastic – I hope you love them!

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8 Daisy February 12, 2011 at 3:01 am

For moment there I thought the grilled beer was a typo… Fantastic recipe. Thanks for sharing.
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9 Kevin (Closet Cooking) February 12, 2011 at 1:15 pm

You can’t go wrong with the beer and cheese combo!

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10 The Duo Dishes February 12, 2011 at 1:35 pm

The crumbly nature of the bread probably would’ve forced us to give up (as in still eat it but not share it on the blog! ha), but you made it work and still look good. Beer bread is an awesome thing. Never thought to use it for a sandwich though.
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11 Monty Burns May 2, 2011 at 6:11 am

My bread was still quite doughy after 40 mins. I used Shiner and didn’t really taste the beer flavor. Also, half of my onions got burnt when I covered them and left them there to caramelize on low heat. Are you supposed to open and stir every once in a while? Other than these hiccups, it was a fairly tasty panini.

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12 Kathy May 2, 2011 at 7:28 am

Glad to hear you still enjoyed it despite the hiccups. I imagine the bread will work differently depending on which beer you use – the beer flavor was rather pronounced when I made mine but I’m sure that will vary. As for the onions, it’s quite possible that I did stir my onions occasionally. Thanks for your feedback on this, I’ll go back and revisit the recipe and see if I may need to adjust the instructions.

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