How to Make the Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
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?
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.
I prefer mine with cheddar cheese, tomato slices, and jalepeno slices. I prefer everything with cheese, tomatoes, and jalepenos!
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.
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.
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.
Your basic recipe for making a grilled cheese sandwich.
Includes variations on a grilled cheese sandwich with meats and veggies.
- Greatest Grilled Cheese Sandwich in America Contest
Get great grilled cheese sandwich ideas here with dozens of unique and tasty, award winning, recipes.
Neat ideas for bread, cheese, and meat combos, such as the bacon and bleu on rye.
Some of these are even a bit weird for me...garbanzo beans??
They are SERIOUS about grilled cheese sandwiches.
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.
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.
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.
This press is flat on the inside and won't create pockets for you. Great for using with tortillas or focaccia.
Cute press puts a picture of Mickey Mouse on your sandwich.
Another version of the sandwich pocket press.
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.
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.
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.
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 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).
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.
Adjustable wire allows you to choose the thickness of your cheese slices.
A basic slicer with a comfortable grip. Works best on harder cheeses.
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.
- Hawkeye Dairy
Located in the heart of cheese-making land, this small cheese, sausage, and ice cream shop does excellent gift boxes.
- Bedford Cheese Shop
Can't get enough of cheese? Join the Cheese of the Month club and get three cheese delivered to your doorstep.
The basic variety pack or holiday pack will get you five great grilled cheese flavors.
Grilled Cheese Trivia
- Grilled Cheese: Did You Know?
Neat facts about the grilled cheese sandwich that I bet you didn't know. (I didn't!)
How do you eat your grilled cheese sandwich?
How do you eat your grilled cheese?
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?
- BBC News
'Virgin Mary' toast fetches $28,000
Online casino wins eBay auction for 10-year-old 'holy' snack
This thing made Wikipedia? You're kidding...
- Golden Palace
Find out what the auction winner has to say about their new religious meal.
- Grilled Cheese Tattoo
Diana Duyser of Florida, discoverer(??) and keeper of the Virgin Mary grilled cheese sandwich, gets the image tattooed on her chest. Only in America.
This blogger has some good ideas of what to do with a 10-year-old grilled cheese sandwich.
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Did you know?
April is Grilled Cheese month!
I want to know what kind of neat creation you're making at home. Share your favorite version of a grilled cheese sandwich here.