Kennebunkport Lobster Grilled Cheese and Grilled Cheese Academy Contest

by heidi on March 31, 2014

It’s no secret around here that I’m a big fan of cheese. Whether it’s in gooey sandwiches like this one or mixed into salads like this one or in cheesy chorizo dips too.

Kennebunkport Grilled Cheese Sandwich |

I love cheese.

And thus, my lust of cheese makes it even more exciting that once again this year I’ll be a judge for the 2014 Wisconsin Cheese Grilled Cheese Academy’s Grilled Cheese Recipe Showdown.

Last year I traveled to Madison, WI where I judged the Grilled Cheese Recipe Showdown and ate an amazing assortment of cheese in between buttered bread.

Eating 15 grilled cheese sandwiches in one sitting? Sure, sign me up.



Last year’s grand prize winner was this Kennebunkport Lobster Grilled Cheese sandwich. That’s a pic of it above. I knew it was going to be a winner as soon as I tasted it. And Instagrammed it. And ate the whole dang thing.

You know how on Top Chef or those other recipe judging shows how the judges daintily eat just a bite or two of each recipe? Well, not me. I mean, I’m not going to be wasteful for goodness sake especially when there are plates of melted cheese at hand.

This year I’m hoping you’ll be one of the chosen to wow me with your entry. Because I’m ready for some lovely new tastes to devour.

Grilled Cheese Recipe Showdown

To enter is easy, and there’s a $10,000 prize package at stake. I mean, that could make a whole lot of cheese sandwiches.

Head over to the Grilled Cheese Academy site here for more info. The contest officially begins on April 1. How appropriate for Grilled Cheese month.

And if you’re in need of some serious GC inspiration, THIS is the place to go. Wow. And my Grilled Cheese Pinterest board ain’t too shabby either.

Kennebunkport Grilled Cheese Sandwich |

Kennebunkport Grilled Cheese Sandwich |

Kennebunkport Grilled Cheese Sandwich |

And now for this grilled cheese.

This Kennebunkport Lobster Grilled Cheese was the grand prize winner of last year’s recipe showdown. With a mix of creamy sweetened Mascarpone cheese and super meltable provolone that drape big chunks of freshly cooked lobster. And all sandwiched between two pieces of buttery sourdough bread.

But what really gives this recipe a kick is the chili paste that’s mixed into the butter that’s spread on the toasted top and bottom of the sandwich.

I’ll vote for that.

Kennebunkport Lobster Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Yield: makes 2 sandwiches

Kennebunkport Lobster Grilled Cheese Sandwich


4-6 tablespoons (1/2 to 3/4 stick) butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon chili paste
1/2 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin Mascarpone Cheese, softened
2 scallions, thinly sliced (white and green parts)
1/4 cup tomatoes, small dice
4 slices country-style white bread
4 thin slices Wisconsin Provolone Cheese
1/2 cup arugula
1 cup cooked Maine lobster, coarsely copped


  1. In small bowl stir together butter and chili paste. Set aside. In medium bowl stir together Wisconsin Mascarpone Cheese, scallions and tomatoes. Spread Mascarpone mixture over each bread slice, evenly dividing.
  2. Top Mascarpone on 2 slices with 2 Provolone slices followed by arugula, evenly dividing. Arrange lobster in even layer over arugula, then top with remaining Provolone slices followed by remaining bread slices, Mascarpone-side-down.
  3. In large nonstick skillet, melt 2-3 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Place sandwiches in skillet and spread remaining butter over sandwich tops. Cook sandwiches until bottom bread is golden brown, about 3 minutes. Using a spatula, carefully flip sandwiches, pressing down gently. Continue cooking additional 3 minutes, or until both sides are golden brown and filling is warm and melted.

recipe by Veronica Callaghan, Grilled Cheese Academy Recipe Showdown winner, 2013

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Averie @ Averie Cooks March 31, 2014 at 2:53 am

This looks like an amazing grilled cheese! Pinned! I’m editing grilled cheese pics of my own because that’s my next post. If only I had lobster to put in it like you did! How fabulous!


alison @ Ingredients, Inc. March 31, 2014 at 6:12 am

looks amazing Heidi


Marissa @ In My Yellow Cardigan March 31, 2014 at 6:17 am

Ah that sandwich looks AMAZING.

Also, was going to post my grilled cheese recipe today but I’ll post something else later on today instead! So excited for this!


Christine from Cook the Story March 31, 2014 at 7:00 am

Wow! What a fabulous grilled cheese!


Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog March 31, 2014 at 7:31 am

aaaahhhhh…these look SO insanely delicious!! I too loooove cheese, and grilled cheese, and when I saw these lovely photos combining the two, well, definitely pinned for later :)


Kathy @ Olives & Garlic March 31, 2014 at 7:58 am

You are hands down the Queen of Grilled Cheese. I want this now.


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Karista March 31, 2014 at 9:34 am

Holy mother of all things delicious! Heidi this will absolutely go on my to make list. :) My family will be sending their thanks!


Nicole March 31, 2014 at 10:52 am

This sandwich makes me wish I liked lobster! Looks awesome!


Paula - bell'alimento March 31, 2014 at 11:20 am

Now this is a grilled cheese! Can’t wait for June : )


Cookin Canuck March 31, 2014 at 1:54 pm

I’ve decided that I’m going to come over to your house every day at lunch time. Because, oh my goodness, this looks incredible!


Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life March 31, 2014 at 1:59 pm

I want this now! It would be perfect for poolside this summer!


Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 31, 2014 at 5:25 pm

What a killer grilled cheese, love the lobster!


Tieghan March 31, 2014 at 9:47 pm

KILLER!! Lobster and grilled cheese is a great combo!


Cara's Healthy Cravings April 1, 2014 at 5:35 am

That is one Intense grilled cheese!
I could see why you devoured it.


Jennie @themessybakerblog April 1, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Well, hellooooo, cheesy sandwich. You sure do look purdy. You lucky gal. All the cheese you could ever want. Jealous!


sheila April 2, 2014 at 8:22 pm

Hokey Smokers! SCORE! My oldest daughter would be all over this sandwich.


Denise | TLT April 2, 2014 at 11:45 pm

You’re – without question – the queen of grilled cheese sandwiches, Heidi! Absolutely love this cheesy goodness.
And anything with lobster is good to begin with. The season just started here in the Netherlands and I already began enjoying that to the fullest;)

Hope you’re doing well! xoxo


Nicky April 10, 2014 at 9:02 pm

Let me stop drooling long enough to tell you that this is a winner. This is a great combination of flavors. I’d be happy to volunteer as a taste tester any time. :)


Rachael May 31, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Looks divine! Luck you, being able to be a judge for such a wonderful competition. Very envious!


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