The deadline to enter the DudeFoods “Ultimate Grilled Cheese” contest has passed and I’ve selected my finalists! First off, I’d just likeÂ to say that I’m amazed with all the creative entries I received, and even though there were only supposed to be five finalists, I just couldn’t narrow it down to anything less than nine.
#1 – The Grilled Cheesus Burger (submitted by Paul and Lori from Burp! Where Food Happens) – Two grilled cheese sandwiches with a bison burger in the middle. The top sandwich is made up of smoked Wisconsin Gouda and caramelized onions, and the bottom consists of smoked Gouda and spicy dill pickles.
#2 – The Grilled Cheese Tray (submitted by Rebecca) – Seven cheeses (Muenster, Cheddar-mozzarella, medium Cheddar, Provolone, pepper jack, Colby and Baby Swiss) along with Johnsonville Old World Recipe Summer Sausage on a ciabatta roll.
#3 – The Crab Grilled Cheese (submitted by Sarah) – Crab meat, mayo, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and ranch dressing between two slices of 5 cheese garlic toast.
#4 – The Schlabst Grilled Cheese (submitted by Bryan) – Pabst cheese bread with pepper jack cheese in the middle and a cup of Schlitz beer cheese soup on the side. Served with a glass of Schlabst Beer (Schlitz on the bottom and Pabst on top).
#5 – Soup in a Sandwich Grilled Cheese (submitted by Jeff from EatWisconsin) This submission takes the classic soup and a sandwich combination and actually puts the soup INSIDE the sandwich using food grade chemicals to turn tomato soup into a gel, which is then combined with Cheddar cheese and place between two slices of white bread.
#6 – Three Cheese Carnitas Mexican Grilled Cheese Sandwich (submitted by Jenny) – Sharp Cheddar and Monterrey Jack cheeses, queso fresco, carnitas, black beans, cilantro, green onion, Cumin, chili powder and cayenne pepper. Served with salsa and sour cream.
#7 – Beer-bread and Bacon Grilled Cheese (submitted by Nicole from On My Table Blog) Two slices of fresh-baked beer-bacon bread with sharp Cheddar cheese on one side, chipotle white Cheddar cheese on the other, and tomato, cherrywood-smoked bacon and a fried egg in the middle.
#8 – The Alvinwich (submitted by Alvin) – A cheese-crusted Belgian waffle stuffed with a sausage, bacon, egg and cheese filling. As Alvin says “It’s literally a grilled cheese sandwich as the cheese itself is grilled on the outside.”
#9 – The Ultimate BLT Grilled Cheese (submitted by Ryan from Leff’s Lucky Town) Three slices of white bread topped with melted American, Swiss and Cheddar cheeses as well as lettuce, tomato, bacon and raw onion.
Now comes the best part; voting for the winner! You can view pictures of all the finalists below, but if you want to vote for your favorite you’ll have to head over to the DudeFoods Facebook page. The sandwich with the most “likes” on Facebook by midnight this Saturday, April 30th will take home a $50 Williams-Sonoma gift card, six packages of Sargento Blend cheese slices, an artisanal bread loaf and some gourmet mustard!