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County Fair Grilled Cheese

September 11, 2010
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Wisconsin, “America’s Dairyland”, is home to  the Sheboygan County fair in Plymouth where the Lyons Club serves up the best grilled cheese sandwiches in the world. Forget the corn dogs, funnel cakes and other midway offerings. These hot-off-the-grill sandwiches are a once a year treat. They keep it simple with only two choices: brick on rye or cheddar on white. Order one of each and you’re set for the evening. Of course you have to leave room for the homemade mini doughnuts but if you pace yourself it’s not a problem. I’ve watched the ladies behind the curtain and don’t think there are magic tricks being pulled. They butter both sides of the bread, add 2 slices of cheese and pass ’em down the line where they are grilled until golden brown. Maybe it’s the Labor Day feel in the air and the anticipation that makes them taste so good but I look forward to them each year as Summer comes to a close.

Cheddar on White, less stinky than Brick on Rye but both are delish 

Midway fun

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 12, 2010 1:26 pm

    Nothing like a good grilled cheese sandwich…and that one looks delicious..Could you shine a light, what are funnel cakes?

  2. September 12, 2010 2:13 pm

    Sure… Funnel Cakes are made by drizzling unleavened batter through a funnel in an overlapping swirling pattern into hot oil and fried until golden brown. They are usually about the size of a paper plate and are doused in powdered sugar. You can pull them apart to eat and are found at most fairs and carnivals.
    Their origins are from the Pennsylvania Dutch and several countries besides America have a version of them. I’ve seen Funnel Cake mix in the grocery store in the cake isle.
    Here is an Alton Brown recipe for them using Pâte à choux. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/funnel-cake-recipe/index.html
    If you do a google search on them and select images you should find quite a few photos that will give you an idea of what they look like.
    Let me know if you make them and how they turn out!
    I agree that a good grilled cheese cannot be beat.

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