Three Takes On: Grilled cheese

Three Takes On offers several different versions of the same classic dish. This month sweet, savory and spicy takes on grilled cheese.

brie raspberry grilled cheese

 


Brie & Raspberry Grilled Cheese

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, N.J.

Timothy Gee, the hospital’s executive chef, says, “Gourmet grilled cheese never disappoints. We do three or four varieties, on a rustic Italian bread, sourdough bread or Texas toast, and we sell over 900 grilled cheese sandwiches every time.” One of the most popular sandwiches is a take on peanut butter and jelly—with brie taking the place of the peanut butter.

See full recipe


Ranchero Grilled Cheese

Penn State University, University Park, Pa.

“We ran this sandwich on Nov. 3, National Sandwich Day, as a pace changer in our all-you-care-to-eat operations,” says Corporate Executive Chef Bill Laychur. “We got the idea from the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, and we modified the recipe slightly,” using cooked chorizo sausage links instead of ground chorizo, omitting the onion and potato puffs and adding sour cream. “The sandwich went over well and we may be looking to do more innovative grilled cheese sandwiches on our cycle menu.”

See full recipe


Smoked Turkey & Gouda Grilled Cheese

Highmark Pittsburgh (Parkhurst), Pittsburgh, Pa.

“We offer this sandwich monthly and it sells out almost every time,” says Executive Chef Cameron Clegg. “Like [Pittsburgh’s] three rivers we have incorporated three rings of ‘fire’—smoky tomato mayo, smoked turkey breast and our locally sourced smoked Gouda cheese. I love using a panini press or a flattop griddle for this.”

See full recipe

More From FoodService Director

Industry News & Opinion

The School District of Philadelphia and Baltimore City Public Schools are the latest districts in the Urban School Food Alliance to switch to compostable plates.

The move to the eco-friendlier products will save 19 million polystyrene products from landfills, according to a news release .

Schools often use polystyrene products due to their low cost. Polystyrene trays cost on average around 4 cents apiece, while compostable plates cost an average of 12 cents each. The Urban School Food Alliance’s collective buying power enabled them to create a compostable plate that costs...

Managing Your Business
allergies

Guy Procopio got a taste of the future when Michigan State University hosted a Boy Scout event in 2015. Out of 10,000 participants at the East Lansing, Mich., campus, Procopio, the director of dining services, received 1,400 requests to meet special dietary needs, including a wide spectrum of allergies, gluten intolerance or insensitivity, and other new or unusual hyper-specialized diets.

This dining trend isn’t letting up, at least in America: Food allergies in children increased approximately 50% from 1997 to 2011. They now affect one in 13 children in the United States,...

Industry News & Opinion

Students of Broward County Public Schools in Florida were treated to a special meal by celebrity chef Aria Kagan during lunch last week.

The chef and former contestant on “The Next Food Network Star” prepared her farm-fresh pesto panini in front of students at McNicol Middle School in Hollywood, Fla.

Her visit was part of the district’s Chefs Move to Broward initiative, through which a chef from nonprofit Wellness in the Schools visits district cafeterias each month to prepare a healthy meal. The chef then teaches cafeteria staff how to make the dish so it can be...

Managing Your Business
woman alone in kitchen

In a post-Harvey Weinstein world, there’s an awful anticipation over which star’s worst-kept secret will be outed next. The outpouring of claims of sexual harassment and abuse helped popularize the #MeToo social media campaign, encouraging women to share their stories and spurring allegations against upwards of 60 high-profile men. In October, the movement’s momentum hit the foodservice industry. Since, behemoths such as Mario Batali, John Besh and Todd English were forced to confront accusations of alleged sexual harassment or misconduct.

For many women, the scope of the industry’...

FSD Resources