It’s Graduation Time!

new-keep-calmPlanning a graduation party for my oldest daughters high school graduation has been a blast. We decided that she should only serve her favorite “foods”. Since she finds lunch meat totally gross, we decided to serve up her all time favorite; GRILLED CHEESE. Yep, you guessed it, full on MAKE YOUR OWN GRILLED CHEESE BAR! The guests got very creative with their toppings. We served a little over 400 folks. Here is how we did it:
1. Borrow or buy griddles. I had three hot and ready to go
2. Choose your cheese. Costco made it very easy to buy in bulk AND most of it was already sliced. After researching, we decided on American, Havarti, Feta crumbles, Co-Jack, Mozzarella, and Chipotle Cheddar. We bought anywhere from 4 – 8 pounds of each type and had left over. I would stick closer to 4 or 5 lbs. of each.
3. Choose your bread and half each slice. Folks liked to make “mini” sandwiches so they could experiment. We bought rye, sour dough, white, and garlic focaccia.
4. Get creative with toppings. This is where the fun happens! The following were some of the toppings we served: bacon bits, banana peppers, roasted red peppers, french fried onions, pepperoni, fresh basil, tomatoes, jalapenos, pizza sauce, pesto, wasabi mayo, baconaise (bacon flavored mayo…AMAZING), sriracha, mayonnaise, peach fire jam, cranberry chutney, butter, crunched up nacho Doritos, crunched up potato chips, olives, and several others I cannot remember off the top of my head.
5. End the bar with tomato soup! I used a bulk organic pre-made soup and added basil. It tasted great and was an easy last minute addition.
For an added touch, you can make up a list of combinations for guests to try: Some examples… “The Graduate” – American Cheese on White Bread. “Nacho mama’s grilled cheese” – chipotle cheddar, sriracha, Doritos, olives, jalopenos on sour dough. “Diploma Diva” – Peach fire jam and havarti on sour dough.
I never knew that grilled cheese could be so fun! In addition, we had a chocolate fountain complete with fun things to dip, huge candy table, and 800+ cupcakes (recipes on this site). I am one tired but proud mum. After the festivities are over I will post pictures of the fun and food.


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