- Smoked Gouda
- Vidalia Onions (you will caramelize them)
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Chop your onions.
- Heat some butter in a heavy pot and when it's melted, dump in the onions.
- The goal here is to caramelize the onions, so basically keep it pretty low, stir it every once in a while but not too too much. If you have never done this before, look it up. There are far better directions on other sites.
- Once you have caramelized onions,, take them off the heat and add some balsamic vinegar. Don't go too crazy. Taste it and add more if you need it.
- Grate your cheeses. If you slice it, it won't melt as evenly. You can go the lazy route but if you have a nice grater*** it's not too much extra effort.
- Assemble your sandwich. Bread. Tiny sprinkling of cheddar/gruyere. Thick layer of smoked gouda. Thin layer of balsamic onions. Thick layer of cheddar gruyere. Bread
- Press that sandwich on a panini press. If you don't have one, you can try cooking it the regular way in a pan but it's going to be trickier.
- Slice in half and enjoy.
In case you were wondering, I came in first place. If you go during May of this year (2014) you can order it off of their menu.
* For the competition it was required that we use Orwashers bread so I used their Chardonnay Miche. For testing I used Trader Joe's Tuscan Pane Loaf. You can use anything similar.
** If you have a Trader Joe's you can use their "Cheddar Gruyere Melange" cheese. That's what I did. If you don't, you can buy some of each kind of cheese and just mix them yourself.
*** I think this is the one I have. It is definitely worth the money. I've had it for years and it is hands down the best cheese grater I have used in my entire life.