The Grilled Cheese that Won a Grilled Cheese Contest

Aurora Borealis Vegan Winner

The Award-Winning Aurora Borealis

  • 2 slices thick rustic sourdough bread 
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup 
  • 2 tbsp Earth Balance or other vegan butter 
  • 3 tbsp Daiya Mozzarella Shreds 
  • 3 tbsp Tofutti Cream Cheese 
  • ½ peach, peeled and soaked in a combo of 50/50 brandy and simple syrup 
  • 1 pound of berries 
  • ¼ cup sugar 
  • ¼ cup orange juice 

Berry Reduction Sauce 

  1. Mash berries with sugar and juice and let set for at least an hour.
  2. Pour berry mixture into a small pot, place over low heat, and lightly simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until liquid has reduced by almost half.
  3. Strain out large bits and seeds (optional) and refrigerate in a glass jar (keeps for about a week).

The Sammich

  1. Melt one tbsp of Earth Balance and maple syrup in a nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Drop one side of the bread into mixture and remove. Then add another tbsp of the Earth Balance and syrup in the pan and place the dry side of the bread into the mixture. 
  3. Leave the bread on the heat and grill until the sugar has caramelized and is golden brown.
  4. Flip the bread and immediately add the Daiya cheese on ONE slice of the hot side of the open bread and smear the cream cheese on the other slice of hot bread.
  5. Slice the peach and stick onto the cream cheese.
  6. Stick the two open sides of bread together and continue to grill, flipping once, until both sides are crispy and middle is hot.
  7. Cut in half and drizzle with Berry Reduction.

Yep, the ingenius folks at www.cok.net entered a grilled cheese sandwich in the Grilled Cheese Invitational contest and won 3rd place.  This was not a vegan contest, yet the vegan choice took home a prize.  I can’t really explain why I’m so proud, but I am.  I don’t even need the Berry Reduction Sauce—just give me the cheese on a couple of pieces of fried bread.  WoOt, WooT!

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