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Grilled Cheese Month at Festival Foods

Cheese! And I don't mean the look-at-the-camera-smile kind. And not the very funny Dean Pritchard welcome in "Old School." No, I mean the oooey, gooey stuff between two pieces of glorious grilled bread kind. Two of Festival Foods registered dietitians show you how to make a few different gourmet grilled cheese options in this segment for WFRV's Local 5 Live show.

We're talking about the most perfect sandwich ever -- second only to my beloved peanut butter and jelly -- because Tuesday, April 12, is National Grilled Cheese Day! Like such a great food needs its own day, right? Most dads, moms and college students know grilled cheese as the perfect meal for any weekday. What's just as fun as making grilled cheese? Voting on your favorite recipe. With help from our friends at the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, we get to do just that -- vote on our favorite grilled cheese recipe (and have a chance to win some great prizes). Just in time for your weekend shopping list compilation, Festival Foods has plenty of grilled cheese-spiration with these amazing recipes that provide plenty of adult options for the classic sandwich.

Balsamic Blueberry Grilled Cheese Sandwich


2 slices bread

1 oz. Havarti cheese

1 oz. fresh spinach

½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

1 ½ Tbsp. brown sugar


 Deliciousness inspired by Amanda K. by the Bay.


  1. In a small saucepan, combine blueberries, sugar and vinegar. Turn on medium heat and let come to a slow boil. Use a utensil to crush berries as you stir. After boiling for about 5 minutes, pour mixture into a mesh strainer and let the juice syrup separate from the solid berries.
  2. Spread blueberries onto a piece of bread, top with cheese, some spinach, then more cheese! Sprinkle with fresh ground pepper. Top with your other slice of bread and toast.

*Per Sandwich: Calories 380, Total Fat 11g (Saturated 5g, Trans 0g), Cholesterol 20mg, Sodium 420mg, Total Carbohydrate 57g (Dietary Fiber 6g, Sugars 33g), Protein 14g, Vitamin A 50%, Vitamin C 25%, Calcium 30%, Iron 15%   

Roasted Broccoli and Grilled Cheese Melt


½ cup broccoli florets

1 tsp. olive oil

Salt and pepper

2 tsp. butter

2 slices of bread

1 oz. shredded cheddar cheese


 Inspired by Two Peas and their Pod.

Directions: Roast broccoli florets in oven with olive oil, salt and pepper until evenly roasted but not burnt. Butter one side of each slice of bread. Layer cheese on the unbuttered side of half the bread slices, then add roasted broccoli florets in the middle and more cheese on top. Top with another slice of bread, butter side out, and grill in the skillet. *Per Sandwich: Calories 370, Total Fat 24g (Saturated 11g, Trans 0.5g), Cholesterol 50mg, Sodium 450mg, Total Carbohydrate 25g (Dietary Fiber 5g, Sugars 3g), Protein 15g, Vitamin A 30%, Vitamin C 25%, Calcium 60%, Iron 10%   

Grilled Cheese with Gouda, Roasted Mushrooms and Onions


1/2 cup sliced Portobello mushrooms

1/4 cup onion, sliced

1 tsp. olive oil

Salt and pepper

2 tsp. butter

2 slices of bread

1 oz. gouda cheese

tasty From the Tasty Kitchen.

Directions: Sautee sliced mushrooms in olive oil with pinch of salt and pepper. Butter one side of each slice of bread. Layer gouda, mushrooms, onions and then more gouda. Top with another slice of bread, butter side out, and grill in the skillet. *Per Sandwich: Calories 370, Total Fat 22g (Saturated 11g, Trans 0g), Cholesterol 55mg, Sodium 500mg, Total Carbohydrate 29g (Dietary Fiber 5g, Sugars 7g), Protein 15g, Vitamin A 8%, Vitamin C 6%, Calcium 25%, Iron 8%   

Mediterranean Grilled Cheese


1/3 clove garlic, finely minced

2 cups fresh spinach

2 tsp. chopped basil

Shredded mozzarella cheese

Crumbled Feta cheese

4 Roma tomato slices

2 Tbsp. diced black olives or Kalamata olives

1 Tbsp. finely chopped red onion

Salt and pepper

2 slices of bread


 From Cooking Classy.

Directions: Sautee garlic and spinach with olive oil. Remove from heat and stir in basil, set aside. Brush one side of each slice of bread with olive oil. Layer mozzarella, feta cheese, sliced tomato, spinach mixture, olives and red onions. Season with salt and pepper. Top with another slice of bread, oil side out, and grill in the skillet

*Per Sandwich: Calories 320, Total Fat 13g (Saturated 6g, Trans 0g), Cholesterol 30mg, Sodium 730mg, Total Carbohydrate 32g (Dietary Fiber 8g, Sugars 6g), Protein 19g, Vitamin A 160%, Vitamin C 60%, Calcium 45%, Iron 30%   

Margherita Grilled Cheese


1 large garlic clove

2-3 slices of fresh mozzarella cheese

Sliced tomato

1 Tbsp. thinly sliced fresh basil

Olive oil

Garlic pepper seasoning

2 slices of bread

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From Full Fork Ahead.

Directions: Rub both sides of bread with garlic clove and brush with olive oil. Layer mozzarella, tomato, basil, garlic-pepper and mozzarella. Top with another slice of bread, oil side out, and grill in the skillet. Brush with oil again, if needed, and sprinkle with garlic pepper seasoning.

*Per Sandwich: Calories 350, Total Fat 19g (Saturated 7g, Trans 0g), Cholesterol 20mg, Sodium 480mg, Total Carbohydrate 26g (Dietary Fiber 4g, Sugars 4g), Protein 17g, Vitamin A 15%, Vitamin C 6%, Calcium 35%, Iron 8% 

*Nutritional values are an approximation. Actual nutritional values may vary due to preparation techniques, variations related to suppliers, regional and seasonal differences, or rounding  

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