Tillamook Grilled Cheese Recipepalooza – Ooey Gooey Maple Fruity Grilled Cheese from 2011 Tillamook Cheese Factory Cookoff Winner
In 2011, the Tillamook Cheese Factory held its first ever Grilled Cheese Recipe Contest. From 48 entries, three finalists were chosen to cook for a panel of judges to see whose recipe was the cheesiest of them all. Carol Abrogoua of Tillamook, Oregon entered the contest at the prompting of her mom, who was confident Carol could win. Carol says her recipe, the Ooey Gooey Maple Fruity, “was really just a combination of some of my favorite foods, all squished into a melty sandwich!” The unique collection of ingredients helped Carol take home the gold.
With Tillamook Medium Cheddar and Monterey Jack, the unique combination of tart apples and sweet, salty bacon on Hawaiian sweet rolls makes this grilled cheese sandwich unlike anything you’ve tried. It’s a winner in our book!
- Prep time: 30 minutes
- Total time: 45 minutes
- Yield (number of servings): 4
- 1 cluster of 6 Hawaiian sweet rolls, kept together as 6 and cut across the middle like it was one giant roll
- 3‐4 Tbsp Tillamook Salted Butter, softened so it’s very easy to spread
- 6‐8 slices (enough to cover the bread) Tillamook Medium Cheddar Cheese
- 6‐8 slices (enough to cover the bread) Tillamook Monterey Jack Cheese
- 7‐ 8 slices maple flavored bacon
- 1 large Granny Smith apple, cored and thinly sliced
Heat a flat top grill to medium/medium‐high heat.
Fry bacon in a sauté pan until crispy. Set aside.
Butter the INSIDES of the Hawaiian sweet roll slices, and lay 1 slice buttered side down on a flat top
Lay slices of Cheddar, enough to cover the roll evenly.
Top with bacon slices, to evenly cover.
Top with apple slices, to evenly cover.
Top with Monterey Jack slices, to evenly cover.
Lay the remaining sweet roll slice on top, buttered side up.
Once the cheddar just begins to melt, flip the sandwich over. Allow to grill for 3‐4 minutes, then place a
heavy pan (such as a cast iron skillet or something similar) on the top of the sandwich to press it down.
Continue to grill for another 3‐4 minutes. Check to make sure bread isn’t burnt. Flip the sandwich again,
and grill for evenness on each side. Cut into individual sized pieces and enjoy!