It took us a little over a year, but we finally had our second cook-off over the weekend!

Each team brought their A-game and created some amazing sandwiches.  You can never go wrong with grilled cheese!

Team 1: Chiara and Jason (The Lovers)

These two took a thematic approach and made the ultimate Canadian grilled cheese sandwich – seriously, it made me proud to be Canadian!

  • Sourdough bread
  • Maple infused butter (homemade)
  • Double smoked bacon, brushed with Canadian maple syrup
  • Canadian white cheddar

And, they had props!  They are usually all about the props…any and every occasion calls for props.  They topped their grilled cheese with handmade Canadian flags and had a Passport Menu too!  One of our voting categories was “visual” and I am certain that they got a perfect score.  My favourite part was the maple infused butter that was spread on the outer layers of the bread.  The whole sandwich was glazed with sweet and buttery goodness!

Team 2: Marc and I (NARC)

Marc and I didn’t really start testing out recipes until last week.  We were trying to think of creative combos and then I remembered reading about the up-rising of bacon jam.  I had never tried it before, but figured that candied bacon sounded pretty amazing.  So, I found a recipe from From Away.  It seemed easy enough, so Marc went to work.  Our first batch was amazing and we shared it with a few friends to get their opinion.  It is undeniable that bacon jam is absolutely delicious – everyone loved it!

  • Sourdough Bread
  • Bacon Jam
  • Bosc Pear (sliced into sticks)
  • Roasted Garlic
  • Double Cream Brie (70% of the cheese portion in each sandwich)
  • Cambozola (30% of the cheese portion in each sandwich)
  • Butter

The only changes we made to the bacon jam was to cut down on the garlic.  We only used one clove in our final batch because we also used roasted garlic on the bread.

Cooking the sandwiches was a bit of a challenge.  The cheese melted so easily that it turned into a gooey mess, but after resting for a minute they were pretty easy to cut and eat.  I am really proud of our sandwich and Marc and I will definitely be making it again…soon.

Team 3: Carly and Adam (CA-RD…they don’t call themselves this, but everyone else had a name…ha)

This team went the gourmet route and used some amazing ingredients.

  • Homemade white bread (they pulled out all the stops)
  • Ice wine onions (so good!)
  • Bacon
  • Aged white cheddar

It was delicious…the ice wine onions were sweet and paired so well with the cheese and bacon.  They even coated the outside of the bread with some cheese. ..mmm…cheese bread.  They were disappointed with their sandwich due to some last minute changes.  They shredded the cheese  instead of slicing it and there wasn’t quite enough feeling.  We all really liked it, but I suppose one grilled cheese rule is “the more filling the better!”

I thought it was really interesting that we all incorporated bacon. I guess it is the ultimate meat ingredient in a grilled cheese.

And the winner is…TEAM 2! Marc and I won and we were super pumped; still are! Who knows what the next cook-off will bring, it is anyone’s game!