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How to Make the Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Updated on March 06, 2013

Cheesy, chewy comfort food you can make at home.

There's nothing like a grilled cheese sandwich and a cup of tomato soup for comfort food. Warm, creamy soup paired with hot, chewy sandwich. Ahh.

Technically, there's no wrong way to make a grilled cheese sandwich, but I'd argue that point. Using fake cheese for example. Yeach!

Here are my tips for making THE best grilled cheese sandwich along with dozens of other tips and examples from readers. Enjoy!

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See that beefed up sandwich in the intro above? A local bar and cafe, The Filling Station, has an Ultimate Grilled Cheese featuring bacon, tomato, onions, and - get this - sunflower seeds. It's so awesome!! But alas, even my stomach can only handle it once every few weeks.

Our Readers' Favorite and Unique Recipes

Some of these recipes sound absolutely delicious! How many ways can you think of to make a grilled cheese sandwich?

  • theveggieguy

    Pepperjack cheese, thinly sliced portabella mushrooms, Annie's Goddess Dressing, more pepperjack. Grill as normal, enjoy tremendously, and prepare to slip into an afternoon food coma.

  • Heatheray

    I prefer mine with cheddar cheese, tomato slices, and jalepeno slices. I prefer everything with cheese, tomatoes, and jalepenos!

  • smartchoice

    Use whole wheat bread with Hellman's mayonnaise on both slices... add dijon mustard to one slice. I recommend both American and Swiss cheese... mmm. Optional: slice of tomato.

  • starbaby

    Use 3 or 4 cheeses...swiss, cheddar, provolone, muenster, what every you like...on thick slices of White Mountain bread(round white bread w/flour on top from bakery at the grocery store). Secretly put lots of fresh garlic slices in the middle. Fabulous served with chunky homemade tomato soup.

  • Chrispa

    Technically, the best cheese sandwiches involve a piece of toast with butter and dijon mustard spread on one side, tomato slices on top, and shredded cheese (colby, cheddar etc) and a good dash of worsteshire sauce. Place under a griller to melt cheese.

How to make a Grilled Cheese Sandwich

The basic idea of grilled cheese sandwiches is simple. Bread, cheese, bread. If you are making your sandwich in a frying pan, butter the OUTSIDES of each piece of bread and cook the sandwich on medium heat to make sure the cheese melts and you don't burn your bread.

For other recipes, (in case you think I'm making stuff up), check out the links below.

Don't forget to FLIP your sandwich or it will burn

Grilled Cheese Sandwich Makers

You can use a frying pan, but these handy devices also make great grilled cheese sandwiches.

George Foreman GR10AWHT Champ Grill
George Foreman GR10AWHT Champ Grill

This is what I use at home. It's small, heats up quickly, has an easy-clean non-stick surface and you can fit two sandwiches on it (regular loaf bread size). The adjustable hinge allows for THICK sandwiches.

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

When I was growing up we had a sandwich press much like this one. I loved it as a kid because it closes the edges of your sandwiches to create two triangle-shaped sandwich pockets.

 
West Bend 6112 Panini Press and Sandwich Maker
West Bend 6112 Panini Press and Sandwich Maker

This press is flat on the inside and won't create pockets for you. Great for using with tortillas or focaccia.

 
VillaWare V5555-03 Mickey's Sandwich Maker
VillaWare V5555-03 Mickey's Sandwich Maker

Cute press puts a picture of Mickey Mouse on your sandwich.

 
Proctor-Silex 25400 Meal Maker Sandwich Toaster
Proctor-Silex 25400 Meal Maker Sandwich Toaster

Another version of the sandwich pocket press.

 
KRUPS FDK112 Sandwich Maker, Matte Black
KRUPS FDK112 Sandwich Maker, Matte Black

Another version of the sandwich pocket press.

 

My Favorite Grilled Cheese Variations

I suppose that once you start adding things it's no longer a grilled cheese sandwich, but it still tastes so goooooooood!

  • Colby, cheddar, or pepperjack with bacon and/or tomato.
  • Mozzarella on onion roll with sliced canned mushrooms and sliced canned black olives.
  • Deli turkey or real chicken strips and tomato on wheat.
  • Fresh spinach (great way to sneak in some greens - you can't even taste it).
  • A thick sandwich on sturdy bread with sour cream and salsa in the middle.

Guide to the Best Cheeses

Of course everyone will have their own opinion about which cheeses make the best grilled cheese sandwich, depending on how they grew up and what they are used to. Here are the ones I like the best. AND of course I always use REAL cheese - none of this processed stuff you have to peel out of a wrapper.

American

You can't go wrong with American cheese. If you get a grilled cheese sandwich in a restaurant, this is most likely the type of cheese you will get one your sandwich. It melts easily and has a soft, melty, cheesy taste.

Cheddar

This is the favorite of many, however I believe cheddar is best saved for macaroni and nachos. I use sharp cheddar when I can't find what else I'm looking for.

Monterey Jack

Adds a unique flavor when you mix up your sandwich with some fillers (see list below.) Not quite strong enough to stand on its own unless you use thick slices.

Pepperjack

Pepperjack is a great, spicy cheese to use with crusty rolls and thinly sliced veggie fillers.

Medium Sharp Colby

This is my personal favorite for grilled cheese sandwiches, and not just because it was first developed 16 miles south of where I live! Buy it fresh in round, wax coated bricks and use it right away. Never freeze it (unless you want crumbles).

Cheese Slicers

Most knives aren't made to slice cheese. The cheese sticks to the knife and breaks when you try to peel it off. For serious grilled cheese sandwich making, get a good quality cheese slicer and cutting board.

Trudeau Adjustable Cheese Slicer
Trudeau Adjustable Cheese Slicer

Adjustable wire allows you to choose the thickness of your cheese slices.

 
OXO Good Grips Wire Cheese Slicer
OXO Good Grips Wire Cheese Slicer

A basic slicer with a comfortable grip. Works best on harder cheeses.

 
RSVP International Endurance Cheese Slicer.
RSVP International Endurance Cheese Slicer.

This is what I use. If you eat a lot of cheese or entertain, consider a large wire slicer like this one and the three below. You can choose your slice thickness, as well as easily cube cheese for display.

 

Cheese by Mail

Great stores that offer delivery on cheese and other products for gift-giving or gourmet sandwich making.

How do you eat your grilled cheese sandwich?

How do you eat your grilled cheese?

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The Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese Sandwich - Supplies the answer, er, at least the description of WTF.

In November 2004, a woman who owned a 10-year-old grilled cheese sandwich which looked like it had the face of the Virgin Mary imprinted on it, sold it on eBay for $28,000.

My question is who wants a ten-year-old grilled cheese sandwich? And how does she know it's not an image of Eleanor Roosevelt?

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April is Grilled Cheese month!

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      Pyeman73 LM 10 years ago

      Nothing beats the Greek grilled cheese in my book. Use olive oil instead of butter (brush the bread lightly) and then fill it with a mixture of pre-cooked ground lamb, diced Kalamata olives and feta cheese. Works better with a proper sandwich maket than a frying pan.

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      lesleyprice 10 years ago

      hey you can't beat good old cheddar cheese and tomato with some fresh basil..

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      webseitler 10 years ago

      I like to add some Miracle Whip to my grilled cheese. :)

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      marketingmind 10 years ago

      Best grilled cheese in san diego deli...

      the urban grilled cheese. it's grilled in a pannini machine with a combo of cheddar, pepper jack, and provolone cheese with a side of cilantro ranch for dipping. You have to try it. http://www.urbanfreshdeli.com

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      I've eaten a bunch of grilled cheese sandwiches - the best used to be tomato

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Thin long sliced Pickles and Tomatoes. It's the best....

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Technically, the best cheese sandwiches involve a piece of toast with butter and dijon mustard spread on one side, tomato slices on top, and shredded cheese (colby, cheddar etc) and a good dash of worsteshire sauce. Place under a griller to melt cheese.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      I think everyone should be giving a big shout out to those folks in Wales because their national food is a cheese and onion toastie (in North American speak that is a grilled cheese with onion.)

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Use 3 or 4 cheeses...swiss, cheddar, provolone, muenster, what every you like...on thick slices of White Mountain bread(round white bread w/flour on top from bakery at the grocery store). Secretly put lots of fresh garlic slices in the middle. Fabulous served with chunky homemade tomato soup.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Maybe only Southerners have heard of pimiento cheese (I don't know), but if you HAVE heard of it, you can make a yummy grilled cheese sandwich with it! :)

      Amy

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      Yumnab 10 years ago

      Crispy crunchy bread with soft flavorful melty cheese inside - that's the ideal grilled cheese! We always partially toast the bread before grilling to make sure it gets really crispy. And I agree about the basil

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      Estina 10 years ago

      Cheddar cheese will remain my favotite. It goes with every salad and every recipe.

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      YourSmilingChef 10 years ago

      Kimberly...I just CANNOT believe that it took me this long to find your wonderful lens! I love it!

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      theveggieguy 10 years ago

      Pepperjack cheese, thinly sliced portabella mushrooms, Annie's Goddess Dressing, more pepperjack.

      Grill as normal , enjoy tremendously, and prepare to slip into an afternoon food coma.

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      smartchoice lm 10 years ago

      Use whole wheat bread with Hellman's mayonnaise on both slices... add dijon mustard to one slice. I recommend both American and Swiss cheese... mmm. Optional: slice of tomato.

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      posheak 10 years ago

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      Reg_Brittain 9 years ago

      Kimberly, I prefer mine with cheddah! (and sometimes tomato, bacon, or a touch of bleu. I hope you'll visit my cheesy lens -- Vermont Cheddars of Vermont.

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      Julianne Gentile 9 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      Grilled Cheese and Tofu - add two slices of grilled extra firm tofu and your favorite vegan cheese for a healthy, high protein grilled cheese sandwich. Add mustard for a little kick. The kids love it.

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      DeWayne-FilmFreak 9 years ago

      I would have to go with cayenne pepper slices and swiss cheese! I like it hot! Excellent lens!

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      AllThingsMichigan 9 years ago

      Kimberly, this lens inspired me to give the same treatment to the chocolate chip cookie.

      Creating the Best Chocolate Chip Cookie

      I love to complement my grilled cheese with a dill pickle - yum!

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      Robin S 9 years ago from USA

      Grilled cheese is my favorite comfort food! 5 stars!

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      renoman 9 years ago

      Kimberly, I'm wondering if your hobby is squidoo, lol, 153 lenses by my unofficial count. I like thin slices of pastrami, mustard, sliced tomatoes and 2 slices of american cheese. Sooooo good!

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      Yum... Costco has a wonderful Irish cheddar that makes delicious grilled cheese sandwiches. I will have to try the tofu idea too!

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      Amy_VanishMyMortgage 9 years ago

      Terrific lens! As a mother of four, I appreciate the wealth of great information that you have provided. All the best, Amy at VanishMyMortgage.com

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      Aika 9 years ago

      thanks for the recipe, I'll try it! :) you have a very nice lenses Kim. I'm giving you 5 stars! Hope you could drop by at my lens sometimes. thanks

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      datingtips93 9 years ago

      This lens made my mouth water. 5 stars!

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      Karendelac 9 years ago

      Wonderful tips for a favorite food and 5 stars for putting it together. Come visit me soon. Best wishes,

      Karen at Karens

      Kinkade Art Store

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      allysa 9 years ago

      Hi Kimberly, you have an interesting lens here. I appreciate your kindness of sharing those recipes. ^_^ 5* from me. hope you could visit my lens sometimes, tc

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      barbararyan 9 years ago

      Fabulous lens! I invite you to join the Mom's Kitchen group, http://www.squidoo.com/groups/momskitchen since grilled cheese is a staple for Mom's!

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      Partybluprints 9 years ago

      Our Grilled Cheese: American Cheese (melts best

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      Oosquid 9 years ago

      Oh boy! What a lens. Iâve simply got to go and make myself a toasted strong cheddar and onion sandwich, mmmmmmmmmm.

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      N376 9 years ago

      This lens made me hungry.

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      joanv334 9 years ago

      Hello, thanks for stopping by, love grilled cheese! Great lens, gave you 5 stars

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      Tiffany3 9 years ago

      Mmmmm... brings back some good memories. :)

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      ey_jay 9 years ago

      yummy-licious lens Kimberly, love cheese! cheers~

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      Jimmie Lanley 9 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      I like grilled cheese with jalepeno peppers inside!

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      gkygrl lm 9 years ago

      Yummmmm, a grilled cheese is an all-time favorite. I feel like one of Pavlov's dogs! Ring-ding-ding!!

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      mn3guy 9 years ago

      My daughter loves my grilled cheese with orange marmalade. Awesome. 5*

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      ShellHarris 9 years ago

      Thinly sliced cheddar with crispy bacon on buttered and golden brown white bread. Yummers!

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      GypsyPirate LM 9 years ago

      Hhmm - honestly I like the sammiches so much that the type of bread or cheese is irrelevant to me. Just hand it over please. (Although, in addition to the required dill pickle spear on the side, I often will dip the sandwich into Frank's Red Hot Sauce - Buffalo Style.) Thanks for this yummy lens!

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      KimberlyDawnWel1 9 years ago

      I recently started having my grilled cheese sandwiches with fresh tomato slices and Sweet Baby Ray's bbq sauce. Wow! Is that yummy!

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      AdriennePetersen 9 years ago

      Plain grilled cheese with tomato soup is my favorite! If I want really gooey, then I put mayonnaise and a little bit of ketchup on the inside of the bread before I grill it...5*****

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Yummy lens! Instead of using butter on the outside of the bread slices (for frying pan method), use mayonnaise, really tasty! - Kathy

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      Aika 9 years ago

      wow~ looks delicious! Can I have some? ^_^ great lens, 5*

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      coollikeme 9 years ago

      You are making me hungry.

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      DogWhisperWoman1 9 years ago

      Grilled chesse is really good! 5* Dog Whisper Woman

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      Gatsby LM 9 years ago

      5* This makes me hungry! Dog Whisper With Rena

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      minky 9 years ago

      Great lens and interesting content.

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      rockycha 9 years ago

      mmmm cheddar cheese

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I like mine with provolone and thin sliced ham or prosciutto and a thin layer of honey mustard. Dipped in chicken noodle soup. And I love this lense!

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      RonAllen 9 years ago

      Take 1/2c shredded cheese and drop it on a nonstick pan, med heat. The cheese will melt and maybe bubble a bit. Lay your bread on top of the cheese and press so it soaks up the cheese. Flip the bread, sprinkle bacon bits and lay on the other slice, brown both sidesand bang! Goood

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I like my grilled cheese with a slice of ham and then dipped in tomato soup, yum! Great lens you have!!

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      mojacofarvada 9 years ago

      Spelt bread (adds a nutty flavor), cheddar & Swiss.

      Must use real butter

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      mermadebaubles 9 years ago

      That sounds so good. I am from the northwest - we where spoiled cause the Tillamook cheese factory was nearby. Here, in Granite City, I am lucky if I can find Wisconsin cheese. I love you variations, I usually just do tuna and sweet pickles, but I so want to try mushrooms next time. :D

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      Jeffrey_Mardis 9 years ago

      Well ... by now I'm starved. Had to watch the grilled cheese video 3 times - yummy! Guess I know what I'll be eatin' for lunch today. I think I like the classic bread-cheese-bread sandwiches best. Awesome lens!

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      Aika 9 years ago

      Hhmmm~ yummylicious. ^__^

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      shannonhilson1 9 years ago

      Fabulous lens! I never knew there was so much to know about grilled cheese... or that there are folks out there that love it as much as I do.

      As far as my favorite way to have grilled cheese? I like to make mine with a little mozzerella and a couple of slices of pepperoni and then dip it in warm marinara sauce. A small side of pasta doesn't hurt either.

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      LisaDH 9 years ago

      The Virgin Mary grilled cheese story is hysterical! WTF?!

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      LABELSTONE 9 years ago

      Great 5-star lens! Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup on a cold day. YUM YUM! Please visit me at:http://www.squidoo.com/fruitcratelabels

      Thanks! Vicky

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      jacquelynrose lm 9 years ago

      Have you ever tried grilled cheese with a spread of Miracle whip on one side of the bread? Its delicious! And it gives it an added flavor. I also use two slices of American cheese.

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      Oosquid 9 years ago

      Love this lens, and I lovvvve grilled cheese sandwiches, but . . . I'm told I have very high cholesterol so cheese is one of the things I have to stay away from! Darn it! Your lens is gonna make me give in to temptation. 5 stars

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      thomasz 9 years ago

      Interesting lens. Nice info.

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      LeslieBrenner 9 years ago

      Yum, grilled cheese sandwiches with bacon. Yeah, I thought the 10-year-old Virgin Mary grilled cheese story was a riot too.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Great lens I love it, I have featured it in my new group

      http://www.squidoo.com/groups/goodeats

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      milanim 9 years ago

      Try Australia's Favourite Toastie! I work for Dairy Farmers, a large dairy company in Australia. Recently, we held a national consumer promotion in search of the best cheese on toast sandwich or “toastie” as we call them here. Try this winning version!

      1 bunch asparagus spears, ends trimmed

      4 slices rye bread

      1 small ripe avocado, peeled and roughly mashed

      100g shaved smoked ham

      60g sun-dried tomatoes

      Handful fresh basil leaved

      4 slices tasty cheese

      Grill asparagus spears until just tender. Lightly toast rye bread. Spread avocado over each slice of bread and top with ham, sun-dried tomatoes, basil leaves, asparagus spears and tasty cheese. Place under a preheated grill until cheese is bubbling. Serve immediately. Makes 4 slices.

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      julibug 9 years ago

      I have 2 favorite grilled cheese. First is Velveeta melted on some kind of squishy white bread. A total childhood memory. My favorite adult grilled cheese is made with Italian White Truffle Cheese (Boschetto al Tartufo Bianceto) sp? on a crusty wheat bread-throw your wallet out the window good.

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      RickBasset 9 years ago

      Yummmmm! This is a tasty lens!

      peace! :~)

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      giddygabby 8 years ago

      My favorite rainy-day lunch starts with whole grain bread, slices of strong cheddar with a bit of pepperjack for kick. Brush the outsides of the bread with extra virgin olive oil, grill or fry till crispy brown bits form on the outside and the cheese oozes out the edges. Pour a mug of hot tomato soup (I prefer Pacific Natural Foods Organic Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato). Add apple or pear slices on the side for dessert. Mmmmm. Now I'm hungry, and it's not even rainin'.

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      beeobrien lm 8 years ago

      Yummy lens. I like to dip my grilled cheese sandwiches in ketchup.

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      beachbum_gabby 8 years ago

      yummylicious! perfect when watching my favorite movie. :)

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      beeobrien lm 8 years ago

      I've added this lens to my Cheesy lenses module at Velveeta...Unwrapped.

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      beeobrien lm 8 years ago

      I've added this lens to my "Great recipe lenses" module at Incredibly Good Recipes.

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      VanillaGourmet 8 years ago

      My kids love grilled cheese sandwiches so thanks for the great ideas to "change it up" a little.

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      My favorite rendition of the grilled cheese is multigrain bread with sliced provolone, coarse pepper and fresh tomato slices grilled up in a little olive oil. Excellent recipes here!

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      When I fall off the health food wagon, it's usually for a grilled-cheese panini. Wonderful lens... Squid Angel Blessed today!

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      totalhealth 8 years ago

      great cheese sandwich info, can't wait to try it myself.

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      chickadeerachie 8 years ago

      thanks im really craving a good grilled cheese sandwich right now

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      scss 8 years ago

      Aaaaw ... darn it! Now you've gone and reminded me of one of my favourite foods.... I'll have to go make myself a yummy grilled cheese sandwich now! Blow the diet for yet another day...

      This is such a great lens - really well done and tons of great info.

      I just had to give it a 5star rating!

      Hope you can drop by some of my lenses sometime and say hello!

      - Helene Malmsio

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      Angelina 8 years ago from California

      an all time favorite...you can never go wrong with a grill cheese...great recipe ideas

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      _iceberg 8 years ago

      This reminds me a lot of the European version "croque monsieur". Bread, cheese, cooked ham, (cheese,) bread. I use Gouda (=from the Netherlands) most of the time. They are served with salad and tomatoes. A variation is "croque madame". This is with an egg on top.

      "Croque Boum Boum" is served with Bolognese sauce. You should try this one of you like it with the tomato soup.

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      chef_filipina 8 years ago

      Very informative.

      Great lens. Rated it 5 stars.

      Feel free to visit Filipino Food Recipes.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I make the best Grilled cheese In america

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      ginabower 8 years ago

      I make mine with Brownberry whole grains bread. Health Nut is the one I like best and it makes a wonderful grilled cheese. Thanks Cat for the tip.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Your Giude to the Best Cheese missed one. My absolute favorit is a grilled cheese sandwich using Velveeta cheese. Its like using Miracle Whip instead of Mayonnaise to get that extra tang.

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      ThomasC 8 years ago

      There's something cheesy about this lens! I blessed it for you!

      ThomasC

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      The milk producing animals from Cows Aren't the Only Ones stopped by to taste your grilld cheese sandwiches and found them so delicious that they are sending you some virtual camel's milk to drink with them.

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      Dorbledog 8 years ago

      I keep mine simple. Two slices of american cheese, no more, no less.

      Occasionally, I'll add tuna, and turn it into a tuna melt.

      MMMMMMM, tuna melt. I think I know what I'm having for lunch today.

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      MrMarmalade 8 years ago

      On Sundays we use a loaf of bread.

      Cut onion 1- 2 into small pieces and Fry onions on you Sandwich make and close the lid, stir whilst cutting cheese and tomato, then put into a bowl

      Cut Tasty cheese slices, thick or thin. Place into bowl.

      Cut tomato into small segments, pepper and salt to taste.

      One layer of each between two layers of bread

      Smear of butter or what ever and toast to golden brown.

      Beautiful.

      Then again if you want something different from Cheese.

      Squash half a banana and float a little brown sugar on top and then a thin smear of butter on both sides of you newly create toasted sandwich.

      Perfection has never been so close.

      Last Sunday four of us polished off one loaf of bread.

      500 grams of tasty cheese.

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      Tonie Cook 8 years ago from USA

      Mmmmm. Hot grilled cheese sandwich with a sliced crunchy dill pickle . . .

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Congratulations on your 2008 Giant Squid Awards nomination and good luck! - Kathy aka "Pretty Bullet"

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      clouda9 lm 8 years ago

      Hubby turned me onto adding sweet relish and mustard after it's grilled...yucky thought at 1st, now I am hooked! Congrats on 2008 Giant Squid Awards nomination...woot! (http://www.squidoo.com/2008-giant-squid-awards)

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      We have sweet pickles with our grilled cheese sandwiches! Yummy page!

      Brenda

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      Tracy-B 8 years ago

      You made me hungry! Nice lense

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      gbenton789 8 years ago

      Yum, printing this to put on fridge when the grandkids say there's nothing to eat! Congrats!

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      Congratulations on your Giant Squid Awards nomination!

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      CleanerLife 8 years ago

      I had a toasted cheese sandwich today. I made it on pumpernickel bread: two layers of cheese with a layer of Virginia Baked Ham in the center and a little mustard, cause I always like mustard with ham.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      cream cheese, jalapenos (make sure they're not too watery), cheddar, jack. two big pieces of delicious bread (not wonder bread). generous butter (not margarine). also, let cheese sit out of the refrigerator (covered) for thirty minutes or so, so it melts well.

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      mrsm54321 7 years ago

      Ohhhh it's lunch time. Guess what I'm having thanks to reading this.

      Nice lens ... I didn't know there was so much you could write about a cheese toastie!!!

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      EpicFarms 7 years ago

      We have a Snackster (makes the little triangles) and it makes the best little grilled cheese sandwiches...I just know I'm going to have to make some today for lunch ('cause now I got a craving :o) 5* for a tasty lens!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 7 years ago from Michigan

      It is amazing how something so simple can be so satisfying. When it comes to a GCS, you can be either as imaginative as your guest chefs at the top of the page...or as basic as a slice of American cheese between two buttered slices of Silvercup. It's all good, as they say. (Do they still make Silvercup?) starring favoriting and rolling this one to my Laftovers lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Didn't like the Youtube video. Pan was way too hot. Sandwich had already browned on one side and looked burned when flipped. Liked the written directions and variations.

      Thanks!

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      Bramblerose 7 years ago

      Nice Lens! I really like grilled cheese sandwiches...I'll have to try some of your variations!

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      Mary 7 years ago from Chicago area

      Yep, I make these every weekend with whatever cheese(s) we have left from recipes and weekday lunches. The constants are plenty of dijon mustard, good wheat bread, and butter all the way out to the crusts before grilling. But our local paper had a feature on this subject--which place serves the best GCS?--and concluded that "they're all the best." :)

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      Winter52 LM 7 years ago

      I have had my fair share of grilled cheese sandwiches over the years, but never tried it with sour cream. I might have been missing something, so I'm definitely going to give it a try even if it's just a little for dipping! lol

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      wow, great lens!!! i am so going to go make a grilled cheese sandwich now. 5 stars

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      Kyecerulian 7 years ago

      Hi Kimberly! Great lens! I just ate a grilled cheese for lunch today, so your lens is definitely a timely one! I've lensrolled it for my Comfort Food Sandwich duel!

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      theprettygirls 6 years ago

      oh yummy, i just love grilled sandwiches with plenty of cheese stuffing

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      Airinka 6 years ago

      I loved it!

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      MartinPrestovic 6 years ago

      Ah yes tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. Very good food combo. You know what would complete the meal? A nice, tall glass of iced tea with a squeeze of lime or lemon. I am giving you 5 lovely stars for your lens.

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      Love grilled cheese! I prefer it with hot or cold milk.

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      My daughter-in-law recently ate my grilled cheese sandwiches and was entirely impressed. I didn't do anything special, but she loved the result. A plain grilled cheese with dill pickled slices is my usual and probably my favorite, though I'd never turn down a tomato slice or a bowl of tomato soup!

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      lolicious 6 years ago

      I absolutely love grilled cheese, in fact I just had one awhile ago..plain cheese and bread though..yummy

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i love a grilled cheese sandwich even better with a splash of Worcestershire sauce on it.

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      Joan4 6 years ago

      Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Tomato Soup - definitely wintertime comfort food! yum!

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      Yourshowman LM 6 years ago

      I Love grilled cheese

      hmmmmmmmm Yummy lens

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      donna_primasari 6 years ago

      mmm...yum...yum

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      MirandaBrooks LM 6 years ago

      That. Sandwich. Was. Amazing....Thank you!

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      Mrmakingusmile LM 6 years ago

      I love grill cheese sandwiches. Especially with the block of government cheese back end the day. Thanks for making me smile.

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      kt_glasses 6 years ago

      Yummy yummy, I am drooling over this great recipe now!

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      moldypeaches 6 years ago

      Nothing like a Grilled Cheese sandwich and a bowl of homemade veggie soup to dunk it in!! Love it!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      That's right, comfort food. Also, poorman's sandwich. I remember being thankful for the richness of a grilled cheese sandwich and a cup of Campbell's chicken noodle soup every time I was sick.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Awesome lens! Liked it very much!

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      Kate Loving Shenk 6 years ago from Lancaster PA

      I love grilled cheese! Home made tomato soup makes this an exquisite meal!

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      traceysfolly lm 6 years ago

      Now I know what I am having for lunch tomorrow.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Ymmm!

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      GeoffSteen 6 years ago

      I do mozzarella and black olives as mentioned above...but with green pesto spread on the bread too. I like to think it's more healthy!

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      CeruttiTesi 6 years ago

      The Idea with butter on bread instead of pan is brilliant!

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      george185 lm 6 years ago

      You know, I'm thirty and just learned to make a grilled cheese sandwich.

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      kohuether lm 6 years ago

      I completely love grilled cheese! I wanted one last night, but my bread got moldy. Very sad. :(

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      fbaum818 6 years ago

      Great article. My kids & I love grilled cheeses.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love your lens and I love grilled cheese sandwich. I usually but lean turkey and cut the bread ends of, it is super good.

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      pyngthyngs 6 years ago

      Sounds sooo good right now!

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      I love grilled cheese sandwiches! Mmm.

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      mockingbird999 6 years ago

      I'm a traditionalist. I always just stick with American cheese. Although Pepperjack might be tasty.

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      JeffMcRitchie1 6 years ago

      I can't believe no one has said this already but my favorite grilled cheese has bacon and avocado added to it. Yum!

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      KellydeBorda 6 years ago

      Unless I'm using American cheese, I like to grate the cheese in the sandwich - It melts faster. I love a sandwich with shredded cheddar, bacon and some sauteed onion, grilled on rye bread. YUM.

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      jojokaya lm 6 years ago

      I love grilled cheese sandwich. Great lens

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      Paul 6 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Slices of strong cheddar on lightly buttered toast, just befroe it's done put on a few pieces of very finely chopped onion and heat for a few seconds more.

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      Katie Harp 6 years ago

      I always eat grilled cheese with split pea soup, and I like the bread to be sourdough with a mix of havarti and american cheese. It is sooo good.

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      Robin S 6 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on having a super popular lens! :)

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      Teri Villars 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Mmmmm...makes me hungry..I like mine with a little bit of sea salt sprinkled on the bread.

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      fluffyclouds 6 years ago

      More photos of gooey, yummy, melty, toasty, grilled cheese sandwiches PLEASE! ;-)

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      MrWidemouth 6 years ago

      Great lens on something simple but good. I almost laugh to admit but when I was a kid we used to make melted cheese sandwiches in the microwave (we almost never use on now - I only have one for heating those grain filled heating pads) and recently I decided to make one in my garage microwave. I use squirelly bread and one slice of american cheddar but cover the bottom piece of bread with dried chillies. I only heat it for about 30 seconds then flip it and heat again. You have to eat it right away and it is a wonderful hot, soft and tasty treat with some kick but you have to eat it warm before it gets rubbery :)

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      Yogizilla 5 years ago

      Sea salt likes a real nice way to kick it up a notch.. How about cooking a little rosemary and thyme into the bread? Alternatively, I use those spices along with oregano in my tomato soup. It gives it a real nice pseudo-Italian zest! =oD

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hmmmm yummy cheese sandwich... good one.. thanks for sharing :)

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      promotional-coupons-codes 5 years ago

      I love anything with cheese and Grilled sandwich is the best of all others.

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      Melissa 5 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      Fresh spinach leaves between two, thick layers of gouda on fresh sourdough bread with lots of butter to brown the bread. Tomato soup on the side. Yummy!

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      gogolf162 5 years ago

      Cook the grill cheese in the broiler and use lots of salt.

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      bames24 lm 5 years ago

      I love mine either plain or with ketchup... :)

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      Bercton1 5 years ago

      This is one of my favourite mouth watering dish. I love it.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      I must wonder if there is a way to make a *bad* grilled cheese... but I do suppose some are better than others. I like American cheese, since it melts best, with a few other cheese types layered inside to add more flavor.

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      MsBelle 5 years ago

      I love grilled cheese sandwiches! Thanks for the lens!

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      TravelingRae 5 years ago

      Grilled cheese sandwiches are the only food that I like to be 100% junk; they have to be made with the cheapest white bread imaginable, margarine, and 'fake' sliced cheese!

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      gregoryolney lm 5 years ago

      Just sprinkle a little chilli powder on the top !

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      CanAnybodySing 5 years ago

      lol, nice lens. I never thought there could be so much to say about a piece of bread and a slice of cheese, but that's the point - its not JUST a piece of bread and slice of cheese!

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      cocktailsexaminer 5 years ago

      I like to use Habenero cheese to make spicy grilled cheese sandwiches.

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      SavvyMama 5 years ago

      This lens makes me so hungry. There is nothing more comforting than a grilled cheese sandwich.

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      PeterStip 5 years ago

      mmm, yes, a sandwich with rocket, tomato and sheep cheese, delicious.

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      christopherwell 5 years ago

      I've recently started adding stuff (which, as you mention above, makes it less a "grilled cheese sandwich"). But with all the panini sandwiches offered these days, it's hard not to think ... "Hmm, maybe if I added some bacon. Or some roast beef. Wait -- bacon AND roast beef. And peppers." Etc. Maybe I should get back to the basics ...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      easy to make, kids love 'em too, 'thumbs up' from this cheese lover.

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      danzuc76 5 years ago

      Grilled cheese and tomato soup is yum. Great lens.

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      RobinDM 5 years ago

      gotta love 'em!

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      GabStar 5 years ago

      I love grilled cheese sandwiches with salad cream.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just do plain ole' grilled cheese - bread, butter, and american cheese! My mom makes a homemade tomato soup recipe that is so GOOD!!!!

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      My grilled cheese sandwich must be made with a lot of butter sizzling in the pan to get a crispy crust! Love this lens!

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      StrongMay 5 years ago

      Homemade, I like my cheese sandwiches with only cheese. When I eat out, I get with either green olives, unions, or tomatoes, or a combo. Had a corn one once - not again, I won't.

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      Helene-Malmsio 5 years ago

      I've just been enjoying a supper of grilled cheese sandwiches, so this is very timely. My hint is to add slices of tomato after the sandwich is toasted, as it saved a burned mouth and tastes better with that bit of something uncooked with all that melted cheese - yum!

      Helene Malmsio aka SCSS

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      sybelle 5 years ago

      Nothing like having a couple of grilled cheese sandwiches with hot cocoa! Oh, yeah!

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      GuyB LM 5 years ago

      I'm stunned that you didn't mention how some people like to use two pancakes as bread for their grilled cheese. Also. I sometimes roll the cheese in white rice before cooking.

      Play on playa.

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      IYenForZen 5 years ago

      I don't use butter for my grilled cheese sandwiches...too unhealthy. Instead, I put some olive oil in a nonstick pan and fry in that. Try it...its delicious!!!

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      I add mushrooms to my grilled cheese sandwiches - they add to the flavor and also add moisture.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Back to my favorite food lens and oh, Happy Make Your Own Holiday Day! Squid Angel blessed! I am off to the kitchen with stomach a-growlin' Ha!

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      charlb 4 years ago

      I also add mushrooms to my grilled cheese sandwich. I find the melted cheese so delicious and comforting!

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      alex89 lm 4 years ago

      use bacon fat instead of butter and dipped in Sriracha Sauce, YUM!

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      jcrandall100 lm 4 years ago

      i make mine with provolone cheese,honey ham, tomato, and lettuce. Superb Lens

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      Jimmy Gavin 4 years ago

      I have loved "toasted cheese" as we call it since as long as I can remember. I like a mature cheddar with a bit of tomato on top and finished off with Branson Pickle.

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      AustriaChick 4 years ago

      My mouth is watering!

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      makemoneyonline5 4 years ago

      mm yummo! My fav is fairly stock standard of cheese, ham and tomato. Love your ideas though. Liked and Pinned to my recipe board. Ty for sharing :)

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      SunhiMistwalker 4 years ago

      I eat my grilled cheese sandwiches with red onions and tomatoes. I also use provolone cheese. Yummy!

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      IQplusone 4 years ago

      I love your cheese lens - great stuff. Thanks for sharing

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      Mandy Stradley 4 years ago

      You can't go wrong with grilled cheese!

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      iheartcheese 4 years ago

      I <3 Cheese! Grilled cheese is a classic, but you can always add some extra flavor with some melted blue cheese! I usually buy Castello's danish blue cheese, it's delicious! Thanks for spreading the love for cheese!

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      MarcellaCarlton 4 years ago

      I usually have mine plain. Wheat bread, colby jack cheese, wheat bread. So wonderful what a comfort food. I can feel my fat hips bulging just thinking about it. Great Lens! Yum.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am just Mr. Plain when it comes to grilled cheese though I do like some dijon mustard in there somewhere.

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      Doc_Holliday 4 years ago

      Now I am hungry !!

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      GaryFrank 4 years ago

      Thanks, after reading this post i'm gonna have to go an ruin my diet!

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      I love my grilled cheese with tomatoes inside dipped in dijon mustard. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it!

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      Spiderlily321 4 years ago

      Great lens. I featured you on my own grilled cheese lens. Thanks for sharing

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      craftycollector 4 years ago

      Being Welsh originally, I go for Welsh Rarebit, which most of the rest of the world calls cheese on toast. Of course I use Comte cheese now, because that's our local cheese here in the Jura, but back in the UK, I use Caerphilly, a typical Welsh cheese, very crumbly!

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      bidandrew 4 years ago

      One of my favorite is grilled cheese! or anything with cheese! :P

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      Clivetalks LM 4 years ago

      I'm going to confuse some Americans here but an open top grilled mature cheddar cheese with Branston pickle on top is to die for.

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      blackbearpaw 4 years ago

      How about choosing the best bread to make the best grilled cheese sandwich

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      Sharon Berry 4 years ago from Michigan

      I share your passion for a great grilled cheese sandwich. We have a restaurant called the Filling Station near our home and we go there for a great hot dog smothered in chilli and cheese. Love your lens.

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      I love grilled cheese sandwiches

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      I so enjoy a good grilled cheese sandwich, best with a slice of home grown tomato grilled inside the sandwich!

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      zee-macmillan 3 years ago

      Drool....that's all.

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