Recipe and text excerpted from Grilled Cheese Kitchen by Heidi Gibson with Nate Pollak. Published by Chronicle Books, 2016. Copyright © 2016 Heidi Gibson and Nate Pollak. Photographs Copyright © 2016 by Antonis Achilleos.
I call this savory assembly a “birthday cake,” but I’ve served it at weddings too, and I’ve never seen an actual cake disappear so fast. Kids especially love being able to reach in and pull a piece of sandwich out of the tantalizing tower.
Time is of the essence; it’s best when the sandwiches are still hot. There are a lot of moving parts that make it tricky for one person to get the timing right; enlisting two or even three people will make the process smooth like butter.