Obviously, my first stop was Trader Joe's, where I loaded up on supplies. For this sandwich, I used:
Roasted Pepper and Eggplant Spread
Wisconsin Sharp Cheddar
First step, put a thin, even layer of the pepper spread onto two slices of bread.
Slice up some cheese. Don't be shy! My only complaint with this sandwich overall was that I didn't use enough cheese. The other flavors were awesome, but the highlight of a grilled cheese should be the cheese.
Top the bread with the cheese; make sure that the cheese adequately covers the bread. You want all the melty goodness to permeate.
Next, coat the tofu in some delicious pesto. I happen to love pesto, and tofu is a great vehicle for it because it naturally doesn't have a lot of flavor. Put it in the sandwich.
Put the slices together, then pop it in the panini press. If you don't have one, no big, just use a pan and something to weigh down the top. You definitely want to press the sandwich, not just heat it.
Enjoy! As I mentioned, this was great, but the other flavors kind of overpowered the cheese. Next time, I'd cut down on the spread amounts and slice the tofu thinner. It was a great sandwich, but I don't think it's going to be my competition entry. Stay tuned for more ideas!!