Grilled Cheese & Wine Pairings

April 26, 2018

A great grilled cheese sandwich is like a painter's canvas, waiting only for inspiration to become a masterpiece.

And what could be a better complement to your favorite grilled cheese than a glass of fine wine? Whether you're making a classic sandwich with your favorite cheddar cheese or letting your imagination soar with gourmet additions, pairing your favorite grilled cheese with the perfect wine makes for a meal to remember.



Red Wine & Grilled Cheese Recipes


Who would have thought that red wine would be the perfect accompaniment to a grilled cheese sandwich? Discover this culinary surprise with these sophisticated sandwiches that beg for a nice glass of red to create the perfect comfort food…for adults. Enjoy this delicious Grilled Cheese recipe with your favorite red wine. 



BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese


Our BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese is a spicy chicken sandwich with the added gooey goodness of grilled cheese. Grilled and shredded chicken thighs are tossed with your favorite BBQ sauce, then layered onto soft, buttered bread and topped with spicy pepper jack and creamy avocado. Grill until the bread is toasty brown and crisped and enjoy with a robust Zinfandel.



1 boneless-skinless chicken thigh
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup barbecue sauce
4 slices firm white sandwich bread
4 teaspoons Unsalted Butter, softened
2 ounces Pepper Jack Cheese, shredded (about ½ cup)
½ avocado, mashed



Prep: 28 mins | Cook: 22 mins | Total: 50 mins


PREHEAT grill or grill pan to medium-high. Sprinkle chicken thighs with salt. Oil grill rack* or lightly brush grill pan with oil. Grill chicken, turning once, until cooked through, 8 to 12 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes before shredding with two forks. Mix chicken and barbecue sauce in a small bowl.


LAY bread on work surface. Spread butter over the bread. Turn over and top two slices of the bread with chicken, dividing evenly. Divide the cheese over the chicken. Spread mashed avocado on the other slices of bread. Close sandwiches and set in a large non-stick skillet. Place over medium heat and cook until the bottoms of the sandwiches are browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Turn sandwiches over, reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking until the bottom is browned and the cheese is melted, 3 to 5 minutes longer.




White Wine & Grilled Cheese Recipes


Wine and cheese is taken to a whole new level when the wine is white and the cheese is in one of these refined grilled cheese sandwiches. Whether you're making an easy late night supper or feeding friends for lunch, white wine with a grilled cheese sandwich makes it an effortless and elegant event. Enjoy a yummy grilled cheese with your favorite white wine today.



Grilled Cheese Florentine


Tired of traditional grilled cheese? Try our grilled cheese Florentine: Cabot Tomato Basil Cheddar and garlicky spinach on thick slices of bread, grilled and crisped in butter and olive oil. A warm and satisfying meal, it's just as delicious for breakfast as it is for lunch or a light dinner.



3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 cups baby spinach, clean
1 pinch salt
4 slices hearty Italian bread
2 ounces Tomato Basil Cheddar, shredded (about ½ cup)
1 tablespoon Unsalted Butter



HEAT 2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, and cook, stirring until the garlic is fragrant, but not browned. Add spinach and salt and cook, stirring until wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. Drain spinach in a sieve if it is watery.


LAY bread slices on work surface. Divide cheese between two of the slices. Top with spinach and the remaining two slices of bread.


CLEAN and dry the skillet. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil and butter to the skillet and heat over medium heat. When butter is melted, arrange sandwiches in the skillet. Cook until browned on both sides, adjusting heat as necessary to prevent burning, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Cut in half to serve.







Recipes and photos courtesy of Cabot Cheese 








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