Our Favorite Grilled Cheese Recipe

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Our Favorite Grilled Cheese Recipe

(aka the best grilled cheese recipe you’ve ever tried at home!)

Overall Time: 1 hour

This grilled cheese recipe is one of our all-time favorites! One, because it’s a unique take on the grilled sandwich that goes way beyond the days of Kraft singles and white bread. Two, it is really really tasty!

As you can see from the picture, it can be a bit of an ooey gooey mess, but with three types of cheese (including cream cheese!), the zest of sweet peppers, and the zing of Creole mustard – this is one grilled cheese that will wow your family, impress your guests, and have everyone coming back for more.


  • – 6 tablespoons of butter, softened
  • – 1 sweet onion, sliced
  • – 2 tablespoons finely chopped roasted red bell pepper
  • – 1 1/2 teaspoons cane sugar
  • – 1/8 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • – 4 tablespoons spicy red pepper jelly
  • – 4 1/2 tablespoons cane syrup
  • – 1/2 teaspoon creole mustard
  • – 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • – 8 slices sourdough bread
  • – 8 slices smoked gouda cheese
  • – 8 slices Monterrey Jack
  • – 4 ounces cream cheese


  1. 1. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Add onion, bell pepper, sugar, and Cajun seasoning. Stir occasionally and for 25 minutes (or until very brown).
  2. 2. In a small bowl, mix pepper jelly, cane syrup, and both mustards. Spread mixture on 4 bread slices.
  3. 3. Place two slices Gouda over the jelly and mustard mixture. Then, top with cooked onion mixture, plus 2 slices of Jack cheese.
  4. 4. Grab remaining four bread slices and spread with cream cheese.  Place cream cheese side down on Jack cheese.
  5. 5. Generously spread butter outside of all sandwiches.
  6. 6. Heat cast iron skillet (or frying pan if you don’t have a skillet) a little above medium. Cook sandwiches for 4 minutes per side or until bread is crisp and cheese is melted.
  7. 7. Serve immediately. Enjoy!


For more of our house recipes, check out a the posts below:

Mexican Street Corn (Elotes)

Baked Caramel Overnight French Toast

Hot Cross Buns | Perfect for Easter 

Grilled cheese recipe adapted from Louisiana Cookin’ March/April 2013

Trick or treat! The Best Halloween Cookies of 2017

Halloween treats

Monster Treats

Trick or treat! The Best Halloween Cookies of 2017

Though we enjoy all holidays, there is something extra special about Halloween. Creative costumes, tasty treats, spooky stories… There’s so much fun to be had!

As you can imagine, it’s the tasty treats that intrigue us most.

Every year around the second week of October, our bakery starts to overflow with a magical myriad of delicious Halloween cookies and cakes. 


Community Spotlight: The King’s Garden

Our business revolves around one simple idea:

Be good to our clients, kind to the earth, and fair to our employees.

We try to implement this concept throughout all levels of the business, but it becomes of the utmost importance when considering our ingredients. We feel strongly that our responsibilities extend far beyond creating meals with the best flavors and highest quality.

We are not only a producer of food, but a consumer of raw ingredients. We purchase thousands of dollars worth of raw ingredients each week, and those decisions affect, not just our clients, but the larger food service economy as a whole.

With this thought in mind, we make extensive efforts to not only buy local whenever possible, but to ensure that each one of our producers uses farming and production methods that are in line with our commitment to sustainability.

The King’s Garden is one such producer, and today we would like to shine the community spotlight on their beautiful produce, farmed organically and sustainably. 

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Cater4Cans: Gathering cans and giving back

Cater4Cans: Gathering goods and giving back

When we received the invitation to join Cater4Cans, a massive community food drive with 16 Puget Sound catering companies, we thought only one thing: YES!

Seattle’s struggle with hunger and homelessness is an issue that rests heavy on our collective hearts. As a business, On Safari Foods makes donations to charitable organizations around Seattle, and we also make regular food donations to Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission in Pioneer Square. This being said..

We are always searching for ways in which we can contribute more. 


Simple Mexican Street Corn Recipe (Elotes)

Mexican Street Corn Recipes (Elotes)

Overall Time: 20 minutes

Active Prep Time: 10 minutes


6 corns of the cobb with the husk on

1/2 cup butter

1/4 cup mayonnaise

3/4 cup Mexican crema or sour cream

1 tsp ancho chile powder 

2 small gloves of garlic, or one large one

3/4 crumbled Cotija cheese

1/2 cilantro leaves

1-2 limes cuts into wedges


Chateau St. Michelle Summer Concert Series

It’s the time of year again… Time for the sun-soaked, fun-filled, wine-fueled Chateau St. Michelle summer concert series in Woodinville, Washington. 

This is our third year participating in the series as an onsite vendor, and we couldn’t be more excited for this summer’s all-star line-up. 

Chateau St. Michelle summer concert series

Photo courtesy of Chateau St. Michelle

With heavy hitters like John Legend, Santana, Blondie, Diana Krall, and the Goo Goo Dolls, this year promises to be even more spectacular than the last.


Baked Caramel French Toast Recipe | Perfect for Sunday brunch

Photo courtesy of Unsplash

Baked Overnight Caramel French Toast

Overall Time: 9 hours approx.

Active Prep Time: 1 hour approx.



1 cup packed brown sugar
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/3 cup whipping (heavy) cream
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
(Fresh fruit of your choice for a little something extra!)


Cafe Artemis breakfast menu gets a fresh overhaul

Looking for a fresh perspective on breakfast? Check out our new AM menu at On Safari Foods at Cafe Artemis – the newest addition the On Safari Foods family!
Located in Lower Queen Anne, we offer busy professionals and area residents a variety of options that can be enjoyed in-house or on-the-go.
For hot entrees, the grill is open from 7:30-10:30 (with lunch starting at 11).
However, if you’re in the mood for something lighter: espresso drinks, smoothies, and a variety of house-made pastries, quiches, and other quick treats are available from 7:00am-3:00pm every week day.
Check out the new breakfast items below, or for our full menus click here.



Hot Cross Buns Recipe | Perfect for Easter Sunday

Hot Cross Buns Recipe

Marked with a symbolic puff pastry cross, Hot Cross Buns are a special treat and frequent fixture at many Easter Sunday meals. Though they are quite tasty plain, they are especially delicious when split and then served with a liberal layer of butter and fresh marmalade.

Yield: 24 buns

Time: Approximately 3 hours


Cafe Artemis Grand Re-Opening Open House

Owner Teresa Carew (left) standing with artist Melissa Evans (right)

As some of you might already know, Cafe Artemis, the newest member of the On Safari Family is now open for operation – serving hungry professionals in Lower Queen Anne breakfast, lunch, and espresso every week day from 7:00am-3:00pm.

What you might not know is that Cafe Artemis will also be showcasing the artwork and photography of Seattle creatives on a quarterly rotating basis. This means that every four months, patrons of Cafe Artemis will get the chance to ponder the artistic vision of a new local talent. 

In addition, we will also be hosting a complimentary open house every quarter to celebrate the arrival of each new artist. So be sure to keep up to date via our Facebook for Open House dates and times.