The Countryside Picnic Grilled Cheese

“Sometimes I cut them smaller, too. This is also my favorite appetizer—grilled cheese bites are a great addition to a fruit and cheese party tray.” - Juliana Evans

Wisconsin Cheese The Countryside Picnic Grilled Cheese Recipe
Active Time
40 Minutes



Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Gouda or Swiss can be used in this recipe.


  1. Heat oven to 375°F. 
  2. Unroll crescent roll dough; separate into four rectangles. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Press to seal perforations. Cut each rectangle in half widthwise. Bake for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. Meanwhile, cook and stir bacon, apples and onion in a large skillet over medium heat until bacon is crisp. Remove bacon mixture to paper towels to drain.
  4. Cut each cheese slice in half. Layer four crescent rectangles with one swiss and gouda slice, plum slices, bacon mixture and arugula. Top each with remaining swiss, gouda and crescent rectangles. 
  5. Cook sandwiches in a panini maker or indoor grill for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Cheesemonger Tip

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Do you have questions when shopping for cheese? Ask the cheesemonger! A cheesemonger specializes in the buying and selling of high-quality cheese, usually available in the specialty section of a grocery store or cheese shop. Knowledgeable and passionate, a cheesemonger is a go-to resource for cheese varieties and pairings, proper cheese storage and handling, its cooking applications and cheese brand information.

Edelweiss Emmentaler cheese was named, “The Best of the Best” in Cooks Illustrated! Big wheel swiss cheese was made by hundreds of Swiss families that immigrated to Wisconsin at the turn of the century. It was styled after traditional Emmentaler cheese from Switzerland. There is only one cheesemaker making this cheese today in Wisconsin.

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