Since the dawn of time (okay, since 2012), we have gathered for our annual Grilled Cheese Smackdown – a gourmand competition where teams throw down their cheesiest masterpieces for a chance to win the coveted Golden Spatula Award. This year marked our 8th annual Smackdown... and the first time we went totally virtual.
Instead of a panel of esteemed judges sampling each sammie, we gave that task to you - THE PEOPLE! - to vote on the best recipes in our first ever Smackdown-meets-Instagram competition.
The winner? The Dracula Slayer, made by our newest Toad, SJ and her beau, Tommy. This recipe is equal parts Van Helsing (absurd amounts of garlic) and Martha Stewart (homemade bread baked by Tommy). So we recommend enjoying with a someone who will put up with your garlic breath.
THE DRACULA SLAYER - Makes 2 servings
4 slices rustic bread (we used homemade rosemary bread)
1 head roasted garlic
2 slices aged cheddar
2 slices Havarti
2 slices aged swiss
⅓ stick of butter
a little bit of fresh cracked pepper
optional (but so good) spicy brown mustard
Roast your garlic (chop off the head, drizzle with S&P and olive oil, roast at 400º for 45 mins). With your butter at room temperature, mash your roasted garlic cloves into the butter. Heat a griddle (or grill pan) to medium. Slather the outside of your bread in your garlic butter, spread a healthy dose of mustard on the inside, and stack up the cheese! Add a few turns of cracked pepper to the inside (very important), and close 'er up. Grill each side until golden brown and crispy.
Tip: Cover your sandwich to up the steam effect while cooking each side. And E N J O Y with a tasty beverage. Serve with a Bloody Mary if you need more garlic.