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JCC The JCC Grilled Cheese Taste Test

Discussion in 'Community' started by Rylo Ken, Apr 12, 2018.

  1. Rylo Ken

    Rylo Ken Force Ghost star 6

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    Huffington Post has just published its most important article of the last decade:

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entr...d-cheese-sandwich_us_5acbb3b1e4b07a3485e742c5

    I'd very much like to get your opinion on this.

    Please take the time to try as many of these variations as you like and report back as soon as possible:

    1. Medium Cheddar
    2. Fontina
    3. Monterey or Sonoma Jack
    4. Gouda
    5. Comte
    6. Boschetto al Tartufo
    7. Gruyere and Emmental (feel free to do this one as Gruyere OR Emmental) The spätzle experience suggests that Gruyere on its own is a bit too intense, and the Gruyere/Emmental combo is proven and time tested, but still.
    8. Toma
    9. Havarti
    10. Raclette

    Also, I welcome your notes about bread and cooking technique. This page offers tips
     
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  2. Boba_Fett_2001

    Boba_Fett_2001 Chosen One star 8

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    I'll leave this to our resident grilled cheese sandwich expert, @DarthTunick.

    [​IMG]
     
  3. Diggy

    Diggy Force Ghost star 7

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    I am going to try each of these. But without the cheese. I will report back.
     
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  4. Rylo Ken

    Rylo Ken Force Ghost star 6

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    Velveeta on a hot dog bun? Variation 11. Check.

    As soon as possible
     
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  5. gezvader28

    gezvader28 Force Ghost star 5

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    ugh ! what a mess .

    .
     
  6. KissMeImARebel

    KissMeImARebel Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    I'm tempted to try out the ones where they suggest other ingredients. That may actually be kinda interesting.
     
  7. tom

    tom Narc star 7

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    tillamook medium cheddar is already all i use and it's heidi's number one so i'm not feeling very incentivized to try the rest of their lists. smoked gouda sounds somewhat interesting, but what can i say i'm a purist.
     
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  8. TiniTinyTony

    TiniTinyTony Force Ghost star 6

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  9. Rylo Ken

    Rylo Ken Force Ghost star 6

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    I'm doing variations 1, 2, 7 and 9 tonight and will post the family's reviews. My general sense of all things is that @tom is always right, but I have a good feeling about Fontina. We'll find out whether the rest of my family (with the exception of monkey boy) agrees.
     
  10. vin

    vin Chosen One star 5

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    [​IMG]
    Okay, I'm ready to get this started.
     
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  11. Ender Sai

    Ender Sai Chosen One star 10

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    How can you include Monterey Jack, which is barely a cheese (it's some sort of dairy and plastic combination), but not note the joy of toasting Port Salut with some sage and rosemary so it goes gooey as ****?

    There is no truth in this list.
     
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  12. a star war

    a star war Jedi Master star 4

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    A grilled cheese consists of a kraft single and white bread. Anything more is bourgeois and highfalutin and anyone caught making such a thing will be put against the wall.
     
  13. Ender Sai

    Ender Sai Chosen One star 10

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    Wouldn't the resultant combination of chemicals and heat produce a toxic cloud that's noxious to all who encounter it?
     
  14. a star war

    a star war Jedi Master star 4

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    Of course it would how else are you supposed to build up a tolerance?
     
  15. Rylo Ken

    Rylo Ken Force Ghost star 6

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    1. Medium Cheddar
    2. Fontina
    3. Monterey or Sonoma Jack
    4. Gouda
    5. Comte
    6. Boschetto al Tartufo
    7. Gruyere and Emmental (feel free to do this one as Gruyere OR Emmental) The spätzle experience suggests that Gruyere on its own is a bit too intense, and the Gruyere/Emmental combo is proven and time tested, but still.
    8. Toma
    9. Havarti
    10. Raclette
    11. Port Salut
    12. Kraft American Cheese Single
     
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  16. DarthIntegral

    DarthIntegral Baseball Draft Commissioner/SFTC Dec Tiemaster star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    what the hell happened to putting Velveeta on a hot dog bun going on your list?
     
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  17. a star war

    a star war Jedi Master star 4

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    I think that's what Port Salut means in French.
     
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  18. Ender Sai

    Ender Sai Chosen One star 10

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    If you're going to include Kraft American, then I would suggest you also include the gel you get in wristpads for your mouse; the silicone you use in construction or home repairs, and old tumours. Since they're not cheese either.
     
  19. Sarge

    Sarge Chosen One star 6

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    Velveeta is the finest cheese ever sprayed out of a can.
     
  20. Ender Sai

    Ender Sai Chosen One star 10

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    Do you use it as some sort of repellant?
     
  21. Sarge

    Sarge Chosen One star 6

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    Yes, it repels pretentious gits.
     
  22. Ender Sai

    Ender Sai Chosen One star 10

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    Do you define pretentious gits as anyone who likes cheese that is made with some sort of care as to the final product; in which case, that's a good thing right?
     
  23. vin

    vin Chosen One star 5

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    I just slapped some cream cheese on white and put it in the panini press.
     
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  24. Rylo Ken

    Rylo Ken Force Ghost star 6

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    ok, so on the left plate we have gruyere/ementaller and fontina. On the right we have medium cheddar.

    All three of us agreed: medium cheddar is the undisputed winner of this round. Fontina doesn't have enough flavor for the job. You end up with a butter-flavored grilled sandwich. The solution might be something like what Ender Sai suggested: rosemary and sage. something like that.

    Gruyere/Ementaller has a base flavor but still lacks something. I'd almost want to go all in on the Käsespätzle analogy and add a layer of grilled onions to the sandwich.

    But medium cheddar is more or less perfect for the task.
     
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  25. SuperWatto

    SuperWatto Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Em-mental-er.
     
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