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Published on April 24th, 2017 | by David Morales


Grilled Cheese Cook-off with’s Sandwich Expert Mackenzie Smith

The founder of Mackenzie Smith, a popular food blog host for grilled cheese fanatics, joins The Hype magazine in a live satellite discussion on what cheesy ideas thrill seeking eaters are making to eat. Revealing the three B’s of the perfect ooey-gooey sandwich, Smith takes us on a fun and cheesy adventure. She teaches us creative ways to enhance flavor while pleasing the simpler palates. Are you a “Traditionalist” or the “Adventurist” eater? What is your favorite or most unique grilled cheese? If you don’t know the answer to these questions, make sure to watch our short video presentation on the perfect grilled cheese.

Okay, so you are going to share the three B’s to the perfect ooey-gooey sandwich. Let’s have it!

Yeah! There are three B’s to pay attention to make the perfect ooey-gooey sandwich. We’ve got base, butter and blends. For the base, I use Sara Lee Artesano’s bread, because it’s sliced thick, it holds perfectly under the weight of the cheese and its mouthwatering without taking too much from the grilled cheese itself.

Then we have the blend. So, you kind of want to pay attention to flavors that complement each other and you want to use cheeses that melt. You also want to get creative with it! Then of course, there is the butter. Since we were making such a rich in luscious creation, you want to use a full fat salty butter. This is guaranteed to give you that beautiful golden crispy crust that you’re looking for when you’re making a
grilled cheese.

When it comes to grilled cheese, people fall into two categories – the traditionalist or the adventurist. What are some fun, cheesy ideas for them?

For the adventurist, I came up with a peanut butter and jelly grilled cheese combo. So basically, based on a study, we found that a bunch of people were willing to try peanut butter and a grilled cheese. So, this sandwich has creamy peanut butter, sharp white cheddar, crispy bacon in a sweet and
spicy blackberry jalapeno jam. It kind of melds both best childhood sandwiches, so you’ve got that peanut butter and jelly slash grilled cheese creation that is delicious.

How can we get creative and still appease simpler palates?

We’ve come up with a recipe that kind of works for both people. So, for this we’ve got the rainbow grilled cheese sandwich. I’m going to show you how to make that. Basically, you just toss some white shredded cheddar and a bunch of other cheeses in some natural food dye, and then you’re going to blend it in and then line them up in rows along the bread. Then you just put the top on, butter the outside of the sandwich and grill it. A few minutes later, you’ve got this super beautiful rainbow grilled cheese creation that is perfect for the purist, because it’s basically just bread,butter and cheese. But it’s also great for the adventurist, because it’s super fun and its rainbow, and it’s a great way to kind of collide both worlds.

There’s a survey out that reveals some interesting facts about grilled cheese enthusiasts and hair color? What’s that about?

I’m a blonde and what they say is true! Blondes do have more fun. I’ve come up with hundreds and hundreds of grilled cheese recipes. So, I can attest that I love to try new things on my sandwiches. Also, 82 percent of the people surveyed for the study said that they were willing to try unique ingredients on their grilled cheese.

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is the Executive Editor of The Hype magazine. A graduate of Eastern Michigan University, David has a background as an artist manager, writer, blogger, drummer, and in the human services industry. He is passionate about helping others, learning and has a deep empathy for the creative process. You can follow his social media @dcypherstudios

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