Grilled cheese is a top-five food in the world because any asshole who knows how to operate a stove can make it, and it literally requires two ingredients. (Three if you count butter, four if you count love.) It’s hard to screw up grilled cheese, and even harder to improve it, because it’s perfect as is.
But damnit if the restaurateurs at New York’s Serendipity 3 didn’t try. According to VinePair, they recently set the Guinness World Record for most expensive sandwich ever: a $214 “Quintessential Grilled Cheese” made with hilariously bourgeois ingredients. There’s the champagne bread featuring Dom Perignon, 24K gold flakes, a spread with white truffle butter and the Caciocavallo Podolico cheese stuffed inside.
And what’s so special about that queso, you ask? Well, it’s made from the extremely rare Italian Podolica cow—just 25,000 in the world—which only lactates from May to June. I don’t really study cows professionally (just as a hobby), but based on my amateur research, I can confidently say that is not a lot of cows. It’s way less than the number of cows that produce Kraft Singles, for example.
Sadly, but unsurprisingly, VinePair says Serendipity 3 is no longer offering the Quintessential Grilled Cheese on its menu. So you’ll just have to grab a bottle of Dom, a tube of white truffle butter, some 24K gold flakes (side note: where do you get 24K gold flakes?) and recreate the sandwich at home with your run-of-the-mill, common cow cheese.
Better yet, try our mouthwatering Pineapple and Bacon-Infused Grilled Cheese.