Throw a Grilled Cheese Potluck

Meet the party that's so easy and fun to throw, you'll barely notice you're hosting! The ingredients are B-Y-O, the menu is D-I-Y and the food is Y-U-M.
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Meet the party that's so easy and fun to throw, you'll barely notice you're hosting! The ingredients are B-Y-O, the menu is D-I-Y and the food is Y-U-M.

Say Cheese!

When it comes to assembling a delicious grilled cheese, you really can't go wrong. This cheesy party is an easy way to have a fun night with great company. The potluck planning happens in two stages...

Say Cheese!

The Week Before

Your first official duty as host: Dream up the ultimate grilled cheese menu! Email each person his potluck assignment: a bread, a cheese and the toppings to create one full sandwich. Mention how many people will be there so everyone knows how much they should bring. Finally, make sure you have a griddle or a couple of large frying plans.

The Week Before

The Day Of

Set up a super-simple bar with beer, wine and sodas. Pick up a bag or two of ice, too. People will be mingling in the kitchen and around the table, so make room by storing counter top appliances and dining chairs. Last but not least, put out some basic condiments to round out the spread -- sticks of butter, olive oil, salt, black pepper, mustard and hot sauce.

The Day Of

Build It!

Line the table with cutting boards, plates and bowls to hold the ingredients your guests bring. Organize the ingredients assembly-line style: breads and butter at one end, then cheeses, fillings and condiments at the other. Write a bunch of different grilled cheese combos on a chalkboard or poster near the buffet table. Your friends can choose their favorites to griddle up -- or create their own.

Build it!

You Name It!

Leave out a pile of blank tags. As guests arrive, ask them to write a label for each of their signature ingredients.

You name it

Stack It!

Try out these killer grilled cheese recipes for your next potluck. Start with the basics: soft white sandwich bread + 3 slices of American cheese.

Basic Grilled Cheese

The Greek Goddess

This is a great way to escape to Athens without the cost.

olive bread + goat cheese + sliced pepperoncini + dried oregano + tomato slices + mozzarella + sliced kalamata olives + black pepper

The Greek Goddess

The Nacho Libre

Try out this fiery sammy if you're looking for something with a kick.

wheat bread + pepper jack + tortilla chips + pickled jalapeno slices + ground cumin + chopped cilantro

The Nacho Libre

The Reuben Cheese

Here's a great twist on the classic hot sammy.

rye bread + swiss + pastrami + sauerkraut + black pepper

The Reuben Cheese

In a Pickle

When you're in a rut, have a bite of this!

sourdough bread + sharp cheddar + mustard + black forest ham + chopped scallions + chopped bread-and-butter pickles

In a Pickle

The Big Cheddar

A tasty treat for the cheese lovers in the group.

marble rye bread + cheddar + tomato slices + hot sauce

The Big Cheddar

The Don Juan

Put a Spanish spin on your cheese sandwich.

wheat bread + manchego + Serrano ham + sliced jarred roasted red peppers + chopped almonds + smoked paprika

The Don Juan

The Blue Boy

Here's a recipe that adds a little tang for the gang.

cinnamon raisin bread + mozzarella + blue cheese + apricot jam + arugula + black pepper

The Blue Boy

The Lorraine

This sammy has a great smoky flavor in every bite.

white bread + gruyére + caramelized onions + applewood-smoked bacon

The Lorraine

I Want S'More

Save this dessert sammy for last!

White bread + toasted large marshmallows + bittersweet chocolate chips + dried cherries

I Want S'More

Butter the Bread

Instead of adding butter to the pan, butter the bread -- it's the secret to even toasting. It makes your sandwich taste so much better, too!

Butter the Bread

Turn It Down

A super-hot surface will toast the bread before the cheese has a chance to catch up. Cook the sandwiches on a griddle or in a large skillet over medium-low heat, turn once, until the bread is golden and the cheese melts, about 6 minutes.

Turn it Down

Stop the Presses

Keep your spatula in check -- patience, not squishing, is the key to toasty on the outside, gooey-on-the-inside doneness.

Stop the Presses

Take Cover

When toasting a sammy made with a firm cheese like cheddar or manchego, cover the pan. It traps the heat so you get a better melt.

Take Cover

Share It!

Make sure your guests can try all the delicious creations: Place a few sharp knives and cutting boards by the griddle so everyone can divvy up the completed sammies into bite-size slices. Try as many as you can humanly eat -- and then maybe just one more!

Share it!

Picture This

Make a foodie "photo booth" and display your party's hashtag so guests can upload their images to Instagram. Then join our online party! Share the best pics from your get-together using #RRGrilledCheese.

Picture This

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