The Feschzel – Bavarian Pretzel Grilled Cheese with Wisconsin Gouda, Honey Baked Ham, Caramelized Onions and Bavarian Mustard

Pretzel Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions, Ham, and Gouda Cheese

A few years ago I packed up my bags and headed to the midwest to judge Wisconsin’s Grilled Cheese Academy’s Recipe Showdown. Not only was it like THE BEST TRIP EVER because I got to taste about a billion different ooey gooey creations, but I also got to get a taste of what cheese country was all about. I met prolific cheese makers, heard their stories, learned about cheese making, and most importantly, ATE ALL THE CHEESE!

It was there that I met my cheesy girl crush, Marieke Penterman, who moved from the Netherlands to Wisconsin to craft her authentic gouda cheese right here in America. It’s mildly salty, just a tad sweet, perfectly nutty, and melts like a dream. Her Dutch gouda is basically a match made in heaven for grilled cheese lovers. Continue reading

The Banjo – Peanut Butter, Jalapeno Blackberry Jam + Bacon Grilled Cheese

peanut butter jelly and bacon grilled cheese sandwich - so fun and unexpectedly tasty!

OMG Happy National Grilled Cheese Month everyone!!! To kick off my favorite month of the year, I wanted to share a new creation that will knock your socks off. WHAT IS IT YOU ASK? It’s a mix-up of two American classics that almost mimic the awesome tastes of a cheese plate when transformed into a grilled cheese.

And if you didn’t see on my insta this week, I’ve partnered with Sara Lee this month to bring back my psych style knowledge of statistics from my good ole’ grad school days. You see, they ran a study to find out some cool stats about grilled cheese lovers… which is genius and I’m sort of mad that I didn’t do that before. Continue reading

Food Network Facebook Live Episode 5 – How to Craft the Perfect Cheese Plate

Tips and tricks on how to build the ultimate cheese plate by mackenzie smith of grilled cheese social!

If you tuned into The Food Network’s Facebook Live this morning, you might have seen me make one of my favorite things in the world – a super gorgeous, out of control cheese plate! As I promised, I wanted to follow up and share my favorite tips and tricks on how to make the prettiest, yummiest, and easiest cheese plate possible.

So let’s get to it! Continue reading