The classic sandwich you know and love is all grown up! No longer just American cheese melted between two slices of crispy, buttery white bread, Grilled Cheese has transformed into a sophisticated sandwich with endless options. Like peanut butter and grape jelly, the other iconic sandwich of childhood, foodies everywhere have been tweaking the comfort foods we loved in our youth to match our mature tastes. But you don’t need to visit a trendy restaurant or gourmet grilled cheese food truck to enjoy a grown-up grilled cheese sandwich. All you need is a kitchen and a few essentials! We’ll teach you how.
Let’s Get Started
There are four essentials to a grilled cheese sandwich: a hot frying pan, salted butter, good bread and cheese — lots and lots of ooey, gooey, delicious cheese. From there, the sky is the limit! Start by melting a generous pat of salted butter in a skillet over medium heat. Dip both slices of bread into the butter. Top one side with cheese (and whatever else you desire) and top with the other slice of bread, butter side up. Cook until your bread is golden brown, flip and repeat on the other side. Once your cheese is hot and melted, and your bread is crisp and toasty, remove the sandwich from the pan to the plate, slice in half (to see all that melted cheese ooze out, of course) and enjoy!
Let’s Get Creative
When it comes to making a grown-up grilled cheese sandwich, you can mix and match these sweet or savory ingredients to your hearts content! But here are a few tasty suggestions:
- Sliced Challah bread with raspberry jam, thinly sliced cooked ham, and Gruyere cheese
- Sliced Semolina bread, with pesto, tomato, Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, and fresh basil leaves
- Sliced multi-grain bread with roast beef, sharp Cheddar, and caramelized onions
- Sliced French bread bread with thin Granny Smith apple slices, spinach, and Brie drizzled with honey
- Sliced Sourdough with fig jam, bacon and Gouda
- Sliced Ciabatta with prosciutto, thinly sliced pears and Monterey Jack cheese
- White bread with avocado, tomato, BBQ sauce and sharp American cheese
White, Sourdough, Rye, Whole Wheat, Multi-Grain, Semolina, French, Pumpernickel, Ciabatta, or Challah
American, Sharp American, Provolone, Asiago, Parmesan, Fontina, Mozzarella,
Cheddar, Sharp Cheddar, Gruyere, Gouda, Brie, Muenster, Havarti, Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, Queso Fresca, Colby, Swiss, Goat Cheese, Feta, Blue, Pimento
Fig jam, Raspberry Jam, Strawberry Preserves, Apricot Preserves, Honey
Honey Mustard, Dijon Mustard, BBQ Sauce, Pesto, Guacamole, Mayo, Hummus, Refried Beans, Olive Tapenade
Dates, Granny Smith Apples (sliced thin), Pineapple (sliced thin), Pears (sliced thin)
Prosciutto, Bacon, Ham, Roast Beef, Turkey, Grilled Chicken
Arugula, Spinach, Basil, Tomato (sliced thin), Sundried Tomatoes, Avocado (sliced thin), Roasted Red Peppers, Roasted Jalapenos, Roasted Eggplant, Sautéed Mushrooms, Pickles, Caramelized Sweet Onions
Now let’s eat!
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