An Epic Autumn Grilled Cheese Recipe: Add Cranberries, Winter Squash and Apples

| 10/31/2018 10:41:00 AM

Grilled Cheese from Great Expectations, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Being from Wisconsin, my husband-photographer John Ivanko and I love our cheese served all kinds of ways. There is nothing better on these increasingly colder days than a warm and gooey grilled cheese sandwich. Comfort food perfectly timed for the arrival of cooler temperatures.

But it took a trip up north and a visit to Great Expectations in Wisconsin Rapids to open our minds to what an epic grilled cheese experience can be. Thanks to owner Amy Scheide sharing her recipe below, you can discover this magic in your homestead kitchen with a seasonal ingredient mash-up unlike any other, with cranberries, butternut squash, apples and a dash of jalapeno pepper heat.

With our farm, Inn Serendipity, located in the heart of Green County, Wisconsin, the highest cheese-producing county in our nation, we thought we knew grilled cheese: butter bread, add cheese, grill. Maybe get a little crazy and add a tomato or fresh spinach. But after biting into the Grilled Cheese at Great Expectations located in the middle of Wisconsin’s cranberry country, we realized a grilled cheese is really a palette for blending seasonal autumn flavors. 

“Our Great Expectations philosophy is to take what’s locally grown and produced and combine it in a unique and tasty way on your plate,” explains Scheide, whose love and respect for her farm community runs so deep she prints custom coasters listing her sourcing. Supporting cranberry farmers is high on her local priority list. You’ll see cranberries throughout the menu, including the Crustless Cranberry Pie recipe Scheide also shared with us.

 Thawing Frozen Cranberries at Ocean Spray Plant

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