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Final Four Food: Beer-Battered Grilled Cheese Sandwich


Sunday, April 1st, marks the start of the NCAA 2012 Final Four basketball tournament. If you’re planning on curling up in front of the TV to enjoy the games, why not try a new spin on beer and sandwiches? This beer-battered grilled cheese takes the best of both and combines them, creating a savory bite that’s just right for game night.

Whether preparing for a fun March Madness viewing party or an easy-to-make lunch or dinner, we’re excited to share the Beer Battered Grilled Cheese Sandwich recipe with you, straight from the Betty Crocker Kitchens. This recipe is extra special because today it was announced that America has voted the recipe its favorite party food recipe from the second annual Betty Bracket, which was a showdown of 16 sweet and savory beer party food recipes all competing for the top spot.

Beer Battered Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

6 slices hickory-smoked bacon
4 slices rustic white bread
2 slices provolone cheese (3/4 oz each)
2 slices Cheddar cheese (3/4 oz each)
1 egg
3/4 cup pale ale beer
1/4 cup Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
1 tablespoon butter

1. In 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook bacon until crisp; drain on paper towel.

2. On 2 of the bread slices, place 1 slice provolone cheese, 3 slices bacon and 1 slice Cheddar cheese on each. Top with remaining bread slices.

3. Heat griddle or skillet over medium-high heat or to 375°F. In shallow bowl, beat egg, beer, flour and chili powder with fork until smooth. Dip each sandwich into batter, giving it a few seconds on each side to absorb the batter; drain excess batter back into bowl.

4. Melt butter on hot griddle. Place sandwiches on griddle. Cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side until golden brown.

Makes 2 sandwiches

Recipe and photo courtesy of Betty Crocker.

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