The A-Team – Cheddar, Bacon, Tomato Jam, Pickled Jalapenos and BBQ Potato Chips Grilled Cheese

ALL OF MY FRIENDS ARE GETTING MARRIED. It’s happening. I’ve finally reached that fearful fantastic age where I’ll probably be attending a wedding every 6 months for the next 10 years. Strangely enough, this also means that I’ve reached the age when my parents are starting to get concerned about my personal love life. I can picture them now – up all night, crying into their poor hands, worrying that their first born daughter will grow up to be a lonely craft-making, kitty collecting spinster that still cruises the OK Cupid circuit.

After 27 years of not giving a damn, my dad is all of a sudden curious as to who I’m dating. And it’s not like it’s just every once in a while that he asks – it’s like every single time we get on the phone. And my mom? Well that’s another story which constantly revolves around past flames. The conversations sort of go like this: “No mom, I haven’t talked to him since he threw that piece of broccoli at me in the grocery store” “No Dad, I haven’t met a nice young man with a successful career and a low deductable insurance plan. “NO FAMILY, I DON’T HAVE A ROMANTIC DATE FOR ADINA AND  ADAM’S WEDDING WITH A PRINCE WHO HAS A BMW AND A 401K AND A FULL HEAD OF THICK, SHINY, BEAUTIFUL HAIR, AND THE TALL GENES”. But ya know what? It’s ok that they’re concerned. They’re my parents after all and if I don’t give my mom grandbabies then that’s how I’ll know I have failed at life.
But now that the idea of an actual relationship is something that I should probably start thinking about – I couldn’t have met Adina and Adam, the most perfect couple of all time, at a better time. Do you know any lovers that completely vibe off of each other all the damn time? No? Me niether. Well, until I started working for these two awesome people like 6 months ago at S.W. Basics of Brooklyn. They’re like the Beyonce and Jay-Z of organic skincare, the Judd Apatow and Elizabeth Banks of hilariousness, the Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger of pure genius. He’s the eggs to her bacon, and she’s the sugar to his tea. I’m totally obsessed with them, but not in the stalker weird-o kind of way, and I can only hope I find the buttered bread to my cheese.
All this optimism and excitement around their wedding only leads me to share some more exciting news with you all! The 2nd recipe for my month and a half long Wisconsin Cheese feature is super good and spotlights Hook’s 2 year cheddar, Nueske’s thick cut BACON, tomato jam, BBQ potato chips from ROUTE 11, and pickled jalapenos. It sounds crazy, but it works! Just like a certain couple I know! 🙂




– a bunch of Hook’s 2 yr cheddar
– a handful of Route 11 BBQ chips
– 3 slices of crispy Nueske’s bacon
– 1.5 tbs of tomato jam
– 1 tbs of pickled jalapenos
– 2 slices of sourdough bread
– 2 pats of salted butter

To begin, smear on some tomato jam. As you’re doing this, think of some new love options. Get goin’ your ovaries aren’t going to last forever.
Tomato jam is quite lovely itself too, it’s sweet but has this earthiness that’s present in a real tomato – it tastes like spreadable summer lovin!
Now it’s time for the best cheddar EVER from Hook’s! It’s made by this super dreamy couple, Tony and Julie, in Mineral Point, WI. It’s sweet, rich, a little nutty, and perfectly sharp. It compliments this sandwich like non other – except Adina and Adam… DUH!
Now it’s BACON TIME – the best time! Take a nibble and lay it on. Rub it on your skin if you want to attract the perfect mate.
Now heat things up with some pickled jalapenos. No one wants to be boring.
Change up the texture with some crispy Route 11 BBQ chips and allow their crunchiness to add another layer of depth to this sandwich.
Add the remaining cheese and the top piece of bread and give it a little kiss. It’s ok, no one will tell.
Butter the sandwich and place it in a pan. Turn the heat to medium and allow that sandwich to get cookin’.
When it gets all perfect and golden brown on each side, and the cheese begins to ooze out – you know it’s time to make the move. The next move that is.
Take it out of the pan and let it sit for a second before slicing into it and exploring it’s deeper side. What am I talking about? I don’t even know at this point.
So as a premarital gift, Route 11 and I would like one of you dear readers to win a box full of of super awesome potato chips! All you have to do is enter [here] on Facebook and do all the things! And to those who are already wified up – Nice work! Make this sandwich for your lover for an extra weird special night of joy, love, and unity.


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