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National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day!

Updated on July 13, 2018
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Exploring food facts, folklore, and fabulous recipes... one ingredient at a time.

Today is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day!

Shall we ask for a drum roll please, or for a moment of silence?

If one were to look up the word(s) “comfort food” in the dictionary, would there not be a photograph of a grilled cheese sandwich?

Think about it.

Bread shimmering with a light brush of olive oil, margarine, or (dear Heaven!) pure Irish butter. Then that bread is slowly toasted until it becomes crisp and golden. Encased within that tender-crisp bread shield is a buttery, creamy, oozy layer of cheese.

Does life get any better than this?


Imagine for a moment these combinations.

Everyone knows how to make a grilled cheese sandwich, so I won't insult your intelligence by giving you a step-by-step guideline. But allow me to present a few flavor combinations that you might not have thought of before:

Smoked Gouda-Bacon-Apple

  • Bread - Oatmeal
  • Cheese - Smoked Gouda, shredded
  • Protein - Crisp cooked bacon slices
  • Vegetable or Fruit - thinly sliced honey crisp apple
  • Condiment - Dijon mustard


  • Bread - brioche
  • Cheese - Gruyère
  • Protein - deli-sliced ham
  • Condiment - cherry preserves


  • Bread - rustic Italian loaf
  • Cheese - fresh Mozarella
  • Vegetable or Fruit - fresh tomato slices, fresh basil leaves
  • Condiment - drizzle of balsamic vinegar

Turkey-Cranberry Sauce-Brie

The second happiest day in my kitchen is Thanksgiving Day. The happiest day in my kitchen is the day after Thanksgiving. That's when we take tender slices of moist turkey, leftover cranberry sauce, and use them to create an amazing sandwich. Just like this one with turkey, cranberry, and (the most Heavenly cheese of all!), brie.

White Cheddar-Pancetta-Tomato

But Wait, There's More!

I have many more ideas in my tiny little brain for which I do not have photos:

  • shredded rotisserie chicken, cheddar, avocado, and chipotle mayonnaise
  • sliced deli roast beef, Gorgonzola cheese crumbles, crisp cooked bacon slices, and sour cream
  • tomato, feta cheese, sliced Kalamata olives, and tzatziki sauce
  • sliced deli turkey, goat cheese, chopped smoked almonds, and fresh minced rosemary leaves

OK, so not my lengthiest, most intensely researched, or informative Hub, but I have work to do.

I need to make sandwiches!

© 2015 Linda Lum


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    • Carb Diva profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Lum 

      3 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Flourish, I'm with you. Add a few slices of avocado and you have perfection on a plate. Thanks for stopping by.

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      3 years ago from USA

      You've made me hungry with this one! I'll take double cheese and bacon on mine. OMG

    • Carb Diva profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Lum 

      3 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Rachel - Grilled cheese is an all time favorite with everyone. Thanks for your kind comments and support. Blessings to you as well.

    • Rachel L Alba profile image

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Yummy, when the grandchildren are over and being picky about what they want, I can always get them to eat a grilled cheese sandwich. I youngest even likes them for breakfast. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

      Blessings to you.

    • Carb Diva profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Lum 

      3 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Oh Bill, I love you, but you're such an old fuddy-duddy. What about a Reuben? That's a grilled cheese with extra "stuff".

      Hey, why not live a bit? Refocus. Go outside the box. Shift the paradigm (...what other cliches can I come up with?)


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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My all-time favorite sandwich, Linda, but I'm a traditionalist. Trying to get me to try these new recipes is akin to pledging allegiance to Cuba....I just don't see it. LOL


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