Recipe Contest
Fall Recipe Contest Results

Notes from Jean at Delightful Repast

Our three fall finalists are Maple Onion Bacon Jam Burgers, Slow Cooker Beer Brats, and Fig and Prosciutto Sweet and Savory Grilled Panini—three “something special” hot sandwiches to satisfy hearty appetites.

Though we love them, we skipped the optional mushrooms in the Maple Onion Bacon Jam Burgers because there was quite enough going on with that flavorful jam. For easy entertaining, the jam can be made ahead and reheated. We would suggest cutting back on the salt in the burgers and skipping it altogether in the jam; the bacon provides more than enough salt for the jam. You can always add more later.

Whether finished on the grill outdoors or in, the Slow Cooker Beer Brats can go right back into the pot until you’re ready to serve. This makes them ideal for when people will be eating at different times, such as game day or other “grazing” situations. The brats are best served on substantial rolls—a standard hot dog bun won’t stand up to the savory beer-braised sauerkraut and onions. 

Any cold deli sandwich is improved, especially during fall and winter, by being pressed in a hot grill! Especially one with cheese, like the Fig and Prosciutto Sweet and Savory Grilled Panini. The sweetness of the balsamic onions and fig jam contrast deliciously with the salty, smoky prosciutto and peppery arugula.

While tasters enjoyed all three entries, our winner is the Fig and Prosciutto Sweet and Savory Grilled Panini. The Muenster cheese is great in this sandwich; but if it’s not available, Provolone would work.  

Thank you to everyone who entered, and congratulations to our winner. We cannot wait to see what you cook up next time!


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