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Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Updated on August 5, 2013

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Perfect For Every Meal

A grilled cheese sandwich is perfect for lunch, dinner, breakfast and even for your snack craving any time of day. Sandwiches packed with melty cheeses and your favorite add on's are so easy to make and they can be simple and down to earth, gourmet or creative as you like. It's a snap to grill up some quick meal delight for yourself, family and friends with just a few ingredients.

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches can be modified for any diet or nutritional needs just by substituting your favorite ingredients in the simple recipe to success. Eat them plain, dunk them in gravies or dressings, have a side salad or wonderful bowl of soup with them and you have a meal everyone will love.

Grilled Cheese Recipes
Grilled Cheese Recipes

The Perfect Grilled Cheese Recipe

The perfect grilled cheese sandwich recipe is easy to cook up with a little imagination. There is no perfect the only way to make the sandwich because every way you make them is perfect for you!

Lay out your grilled cheese canvas on your counter, cutting board or plate and start designing your culinary work of art. Start with a slice of bread on the bottom. You choose your favorite bread. Some people like to butter the side of the bread slice that will be cooked, some like to spray with a little olive oil, some don't want the extra calories and fat so they just go with that.

Load up the slice with your favorite cheese, or cheeses. Lots of variety of cheese work great once they get melty and delicious or mix a few different types of cheese selections to get the taste result you love.

Top that cheese layer with whatever you love or nothing else at all! Simple but delicious grilled sandwiches with slices of tomato or super gourmet grilled cheese avocado and blue cheese sandwiches are all waiting for you to come and create them.

Frying Pan Sandwich Style

To cook up a great grilled cheese sandwich or two, or six, you really want to have a great skillet or pan which for me means a really good non-stick place to start. Once those cheese get melting and bread starts toasting you don't want to have to scrape or pry the sandwich, you want to be able to easily flip it over so the next side of the sandwich turns out as yummy as the first side down.

Non-stick pans don't have to be expensive and you probably have one at home that will work perfect every time.

Rachael Ray Hard Anodized Nonstick 12" Open Skillet, Orange
Rachael Ray Hard Anodized Nonstick 12" Open Skillet, Orange

Rachel Ray Skillets feature non-stick coatings, silicone handles in lots of different colors and are super easy clean ups.

 
Paula Deen Signature Porcelain Nonstick 9-Inch and 11-Inch Nonstick Skillet Twin Pack, Red Speckle
Paula Deen Signature Porcelain Nonstick 9-Inch and 11-Inch Nonstick Skillet Twin Pack, Red Speckle

Paula Deen Skillets with non-stock interior and coated handles cooks up everything evenly and really non-stick. I love her square gourmet skillet and it cleans up perfect every time.

 
T-fal B363S2 Specialty Nonstick Omelette Pan 8-Inch and 10-Inch Dishwasher Safe PFOA Free Fry Pan / Saute Pan Cookware Set, 2-Piece, Gray
T-fal B363S2 Specialty Nonstick Omelette Pan 8-Inch and 10-Inch Dishwasher Safe PFOA Free Fry Pan / Saute Pan Cookware Set, 2-Piece, Gray

Non-stick fry pans don't have to be expensive to be great. Lots of sets are available at terrific prices and then you can get smaller size skillets for the times you just want one sandwich and a bigger one for family size grilled cheese cooking.

 
8" Green Earth Frying Pan by Ozeri, with Smooth Ceramic Non-Stick Coating (100% PTFE and PFOA Free) 
8" Green Earth Frying Pan by Ozeri, with Smooth Ceramic Non-Stick Coating (100% PTFE and PFOA Free) 

Go Green and Non Stick at the same time with this Green Earth Pan by Ozeri is one of the world's first frying pans to achieve non-stick perfection while remaining absolutely free of PTFE, PFOA and other harmful chemicals.

 
T-fal B36313 Specialty Nonstick Grilled Cheese Griddle Cookware, 10.25-Inch, Black
T-fal B36313 Specialty Nonstick Grilled Cheese Griddle Cookware, 10.25-Inch, Black

It's name is the "Grilled Cheese Griddle" so you know it's made to cook up your sandwiches at a great skillet price.

 

Grilled Cheese Recipe Books

Grilled cheese sandwiches are a culinary yummy delight and there are recipe books devoted to making you a sandwich genius too. Just in case you want step by step instructions, mouth watering recipe ideas and photos that will make you drool, check out some of these great grilled cheese sandwich recipe books. Most available in hardcover, paperback and ready for Kindle reading.

So prop one up on your kitchen counter and let's get cooking!

Grilled Cheese: 50 Recipes to Make You Melt
Grilled Cheese: 50 Recipes to Make You Melt

But a really great grilled cheese is not hard to make, and its secrets have been disclosed in a tempting new book, "Grilled Cheese: 50 Recipes to Make You Melt" by Marlena Spieler).

A quick browse though the book may first hook you with its gorgeous color photos and hip design. But a further look reveals recipes created with inspired combinations.

 
Nancy Silverton's Sandwich Book: The Best Sandwiches Ever--from Thursday Nights at Campanile
Nancy Silverton's Sandwich Book: The Best Sandwiches Ever--from Thursday Nights at Campanile

new takes on such standards as the grilled cheese sandwich, she does satisfy those craving a less traditional and more innovative experience. Her open-faced sandwich combinations include Asparagus, Poached Egg, Prosciutto and Fontina Cheese; Bacon, Avocado and Watercress; and Piled-High Pork.

 
The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches: Recipes, History, and Trivia for Everything Between Sliced Bread
The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches: Recipes, History, and Trivia for Everything Between Sliced Bread

Why stop at grilled cheese sandwiches when you buy a recipe book, check out this Encyclopedia of Sandwiches with a range of sandwich recipes you never even thought of!

 

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches On My Pinterest Board

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Grilled Cheese Delight from pinchofyum.comBuffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese  thank you closetcooking.comYum Avocado Grilled Cheese Gourmet aturtleslifeforme.comAnother variety of buffalo chicken cheese grilled style traceysculinaryadventures.blogspot.comGrilled cheese sandwich meal compliments of bonappetit.com
Grilled Cheese Delight from pinchofyum.com
Grilled Cheese Delight from pinchofyum.com
Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese  thank you closetcooking.com
Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese thank you closetcooking.com
Yum Avocado Grilled Cheese Gourmet aturtleslifeforme.com
Yum Avocado Grilled Cheese Gourmet aturtleslifeforme.com
Another variety of buffalo chicken cheese grilled style traceysculinaryadventures.blogspot.com
Another variety of buffalo chicken cheese grilled style traceysculinaryadventures.blogspot.com
Grilled cheese sandwich meal compliments of bonappetit.com
Grilled cheese sandwich meal compliments of bonappetit.com
My Sandwich Creations On Pinterest
My Sandwich Creations On Pinterest

I love, love Pinterest. If you haven't checked it out yet, please do! You don't have to join or start an account or page, you can just browse and enjoy millions of wonderful, creative recipes, photos, crafts, fashion, you name it and I know you will find it.

I have a Pinterest board dedicated to just wonderful grilled cheese sandwiches and creative sandwich delights as well as tons of other wonderful recipes. Hope you will visit and come back often because it is really fun to share.

Hungry Girl Healthy Recipes
Hungry Girl Healthy Recipes

Greek Grilled Cheese Healthy Style

I found this wonderful Greek Grilled Cheesed Sanwich courtesy of Hungry Girl. The photo links to their website for great recipes and food info.

Entire recipe: 202 calories, 8.5g fat, 640mg sodium, 21g carbs, 5g fiber, 4g sugars, 11g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5*

Ingredients:

2 slices light bread

1 wedge The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese

2 tbsp. crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese

1 tbsp. diced and seeded tomato

1 tbsp. diced red onion

1 tbsp. chopped basil

2 tsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown)

Directions:

Lay bread slices flat and spread both with the cheese wedge. Top one slice with feta cheese, tomato, onion, and basil. Top with the other bread slice, cheesy side down. Spread the top of the sandwich with 1 tsp. butter.

Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Place sandwich in the skillet, buttered side down. Spread the top with remaining 1 tsp. butter.

Cook until bread is lightly browned and cheese has melted, about 2 minutes per side, flipping carefully. Eat up!

Busy Week For Firefighters
Busy Week For Firefighters

What A Grilled Cheese Kind Of Week......

The last couple of weeks as a firefighter have been busy, crazy, physically and emotionally demanding. One after the other we were called to mutiple structure fires, serious MVA's (motor vehicle accidents) that required heavy rescue to remove trapped victims and fire supression support. There were more mulch fires that burned up into homes and businesses than I can remember happening all at once in ages. Warm weather with no rain made conditions ripe for fire to succeed. We had some huge brush fires in the woods, all located too close to people's homes and they had to be stopped, quickly.

The emergencies had no limits on time. Middle of the night, early morning, afternoons, evening meal time.....

What does all this have to do with a grilled cheese sandwich? One night in between fires and emergencies, after putting the fire trucks back in service, after having missed way too many meals we finally got a chance to hit our local diner. I couldn't wait to eat. When the waitress got to me all I could say was I'll have a Grilled Cheese, with mozzarella cheese and bacon. Oh I have to tell you, that was the best grilled cheese sandwich I've ever eaten. I wish now I had taken a photo of it with my cell phone but there was no time for that. As soon as it arrived in front of me accompanied by a stack of french fries, I dug right in. I guess I will just have to go back to the diner soon and order another one, just so I can take a picture of it of course!

So the moral of the story is, when the going gets tough, the tough get......a grilled cheese sandwich. Awesome comfort food, not too heavy but so satisfying.

In the photo: One of the pics from that busy week and one of the fires we worked out. The photo links to our Facebook page where we are all about firefighting.

Cheese Is The Star Of The Sandwich
Cheese Is The Star Of The Sandwich

The Cheese Is The Star

No matter how you slice it, cheese is the star of the grilled cheese sandwich. So many cheeses to choose from. Sometimes you are in the mood for a tangy swiss cheese, classic american cheese or melty gooey mozzerella cheese sandwich. You can go gourmet and mix in fine cheeses like feta or blue cheese for a more dramatic meal.

One of the best parts about grilled cheese is that even if you are cooking them up for a whole family, everyone can choose their own cheese favorite without a big family fight! It's a personal choice and each sandwich is individually and easily loaded up with personal favorites.

Some people like their sandwiches loaded with tons of cheese or even a mixed bag of cheese and some like a smaller, moderate amount of cheese, just enough to melt.

Wait it gets better. Those whose diet is restricted to low fat cheese, no problem. Low salt, also no problem. Low calorie, lite and reduced fat cheeses are widely available in every grocery store.

Of course then you have big decisions like hmmm, shredded? individually sliced? just cut a chunk off of a wheel of cheese? By it at the deli counter, pick it up pre-packaged or just grab whatever you have handy in the refrigerator and enjoy your melted delicious sandwich in just minutes.

When your choosing your star of the grilled cheese, don't forget to smile and say "CHEESE!"

What's Your Favorite Cheese?

Cheese!
Cheese!

Everyone loves a different type of cheese on their grilled cheese sandwich. Sometimes it just depends on the mood I'm in but share with us your favorite, if you could pick only ONE cheese, which would it be?

What's Your Favorite Cheese In A Grilled Cheese Sandwich?

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Grilled Cheese Sandwich Makers

Not feeling like heating up a frying pan or griddle, then try one of these great electric sandwich makers. You don't have to use any butter or oil because they are non-stick. The plates you cook on are often removable making it dishwasher easy and you don't have to heat up the kitchen just to get a yummy grilled cheese sandwich any time you have the craving.

Cuisinart Dual-Sandwich Nonstick Electric Grill
Cuisinart Dual-Sandwich Nonstick Electric Grill

Non stick electric grills are a great way to make grilled cheese sandwiches too. Deep-pocket sandwich grill cooks 1 or 2 sandwiches at a time

 
Cuisinart GR-1 Griddler Panini and Sandwich Press
Cuisinart GR-1 Griddler Panini and Sandwich Press

Creating restaurant-quality paninis--as well as grilled sandwiches, veggies, pork chops, and more--is simple with this convenient panini press and sandwich maker.

 
Hamilton Beach 25450 Gourmet Panini Press
Hamilton Beach 25450 Gourmet Panini Press

Create delicious, deli-like panini at home with this gourmet sandwich press from Hamilton Beach. Designed to accommodate everything from single-slice ham sandwiches to piled-high turkey grinders, the grill heats ingredients, melts cheese, and creates a crispy outer crust.

 
George Foreman GR0742S 3-in-1 Panini Press, Grill and Open Griddle with Double Cooking Surface
George Foreman GR0742S 3-in-1 Panini Press, Grill and Open Griddle with Double Cooking Surface

Double you cooking surface and enjoy the versatility of 3 appliances in 1. The 85 square inch cooking surface features our George Tough nonstick coating so you can cook oil-free with an extra large floating hinge so you can press stuffed Panini or grill thick foods with ease. Then, you can open the hinge flat to double your cooking surface for whole family meals with ease. Dishwasher-safe removable plates include 2 grill/Panini plates, plus 2 griddle plates for healthy cooking from morning to night.

 
Chefmate 2 Slice Sandwich Maker Grill Nonstick Plates Upright Storage
Chefmate 2 Slice Sandwich Maker Grill Nonstick Plates Upright Storage

Easy to use convenient way to make hot sandwiches, very inexpensive and stores easily in the kitchen cabinet.

 

The Bread

Grilled cheese sandwiches become a whole different meal depending on the bread you choose. No matter which way you flip your sandwich it is supported by a slice of soft, crunchy, thick or thin bread. It's the top. It's the bottom. It's the handle. It's part of every bite you take.

You don't have to use a fancy gourmet bread, but you can. You can choose breads that have tons of calories, or healthy option whole wheat and grain brands that fit your dietary, nutritional needs. You can use thick crusty slices or thin delicate selections of bread. And the best part is that when making grilled cheese for your friends or family, everyone can choose what they love because every sandwich is an individual meal.

Go crazy with some rye bread, pumpernickel or for a great taste variety, how about some cinnamon raisin bread.

No matter how you slice it, the bread is co-star to the cheese in your own grilled cheese menu.

Wonder Bread Family Loaf Pack of 2
Wonder Bread Family Loaf Pack of 2

Some people just love their old fashioned slices of white bread for their grilled cheese

 
Ener-G Light Tapioca Loaf 8 Oz
Ener-G Light Tapioca Loaf 8 Oz

Gluten Free and Wheat Free breads are now available in many supermarkets, health food stores and even online and ready for shipping so no one has to miss the grilled cheese goodness

 
Holsum Texas Toast Thick Slice White Enriched Bread - 2 Loaves
Holsum Texas Toast Thick Slice White Enriched Bread - 2 Loaves

How about some thick sliced texas toast style for a filling, wholesome grilled cheese meal!

 

Grilled Cheese Sandwich on YouTube

Oh yes, there is an Official Grilled Cheese Sandwich Video and I know it's true because it's on YouTube!

Kids love grilled cheese sandwiches too and you have to check out this home made, hip hop, rap video by two brothers who just love grilled cheese sandwiches.

Grilled Cheese Month Is April
Grilled Cheese Month Is April

April Is Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month!

Did you know April is the official celebration of grilled cheese sandwiches and that means its time to break out the cheese, slice up the bread, get your fixings ready and celebrate all month long with oooey gooey melty fun goodness for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

But remember you don't have to wait until April for the home comfort goodness of grilled cheese. Pair it in the winter with soup, enjoy it with grilled vegetables in the summer, pile your Thanksgiving leftovers on your cheese sandwiches and grill away all year round.

Won't you share your favorite grilled cheese combo with us, we are always looking for new and creative culinary combos!

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      I love a good grilled cheese sandwich!! I like making my own or ordering them out...just make it well done please! The crispier the better...yum

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      Bonfire Designs 4 years ago

      @othellos: Thank you and thanks for stopping by to share some grilled cheese with us!

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Nice and delicious lens. One of my favorite sandwiches. Thanks for the recipes:=)

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      Markwell1 4 years ago

      Great lens.

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      Bonfire Designs 4 years ago

      @ShariBerry: Soup with a grilled cheese sandwich, I say yes - oh mayo that sounds like a great idea I'll have to try it!

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      Sharon Berry 4 years ago from Michigan

      Okay, now you're making me hungry. Time for some tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich. Put a little mayo on mine.

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      Bonfire Designs 4 years ago

      @squid-pinkchic18: Thanks for craving some grilled cheese with us!

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      squid-pinkchic18 4 years ago

      Yum! This lens made me hungry instantly!

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      antoniow 5 years ago

      Very nice lens, well done! Thumbs up

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      Grilled cheese sandwiches are my favorite.

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      Wedding Mom 5 years ago

      This is one of my favorite sandwiches.