Who in the world doesn’t like a grilled cheese sandwich?
Ok, I guess if you are lactose intolerant you might not.
For everyone else, a grilled cheese is the ultimate comfort food. Personally, it was my favorite sandwich growing up. It was also probably the first thing I learned to cook at around 8 years old.
My grilled cheese consisted of white bread, butter, and one slice of cheese. I had three brothers growing up, so cheese was a luxury that never lasted long in our house. I guess that is why my mom taught me to make it with one slice of cheese.
When I began to live on my own, I started to add a mandatory two slices of cheese.
The cheese was always American that was wrapped in plastic of course. Then I had children of my own and I introduced them to the grilled cheese sandwich, which they both liked.
I taught them to make a grilled cheese, unfortunately, the older one wasn’t much of a cook and tried to make it the lazy way. He would use two pieces of toast and put cheese in the middle. Definitely not the same as a real grilled cheese but turning on the stove was something he rarely did. My younger son was a bit more of a cook and would make one occasionally but still preferred his mother making it.
As for me, making a grilled cheese was always the same until a few years ago. I read you could put mayonnaise on the bread instead of butter and the bread browned really well. That is about the only modification I made except adding bacon occasionally. I think I added tomato sometimes but definitely, that was as far as I stepped out of the box.
I would never have ordered a grilled cheese in a restaurant because it was so easy to make at home. Everything changed when restaurants started adding gourmet grilled cheeses to their menus.
I began to want to try the different versions offered by the restaurants.
Today there are gourmet and specialty grilled cheeses for everyone’s tastes. Though they may be a little more time-consuming to make, they are well worth the effort. I have compiled a list of some of my favorite combinations with a few strange ones thrown in. These recipes elevate the grilled cheese to a whole new level.
The name grilled cheese automatically triggers your mind to think of something simple but just like any other sandwich, it can be as simple or as sophisticated as you want it.
These 12 sandwiches are a testament to that.
Truth is bacon elevates any sandwich and adding it to a grilled cheese is something probably everyone has done. This recipe at Spend With Pennies takes it to a different level though with the addition of a dill pickle and getting rid of the American cheese. Of course, you have to like dill pickles to enjoy this one, but if you do the combination is a keeper.
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I love guacamole so adding it to a grilled cheese is a great idea. Of course, I would probably add bacon to the mix for the perfect sandwich. This recipe by Two Peas & Their Pod also has the recipe for fresh guacamole. You could use store bought guacamole but fresh is worth the effort.
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I live in Florida so tomatoes are available pretty much year round but in the summer the fresh tomatoes from the local farms are hard to beat. Adding a tomato to a grilled cheese is a simple idea that expands with the addition of pesto, provolone, and mozzarella. The ingredients in this recipe at The Cozy Apron blend together for a fresh taste that is irresistible.
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Black olives, spinach, feta cheese, and tomatoes are all staples in a Mediterranean diet. Putting them on grilled cheese makes for a great sandwich. In this recipe at Cooking Classy olive oil is used instead of butter on the bread to follow the Mediterranean feel.
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Be still my heart, two of my favorite foods together in one sandwich! Tacos on a grilled cheese has to be one of the best ideas ever. This recipe at Simply Stacie would be the perfect food for watching football and would go great with a cold beer.
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The only way I will eat apple pie is with a slice of cheese melted on top. When I saw this recipe by Kevin at Closet Cooking, I knew I would love it. The sweet and savory flavors meld together beautifully. I love the caramelized apples and cheddar cheese, though it is a slightly messy sandwich.
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Portobello mushrooms are a great replacement for meat on a sandwich. The rustic flavor of the mushrooms blends well with the smokiness of the gouda in this recipe at VegetarianTimes
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Arugula, basil, and strawberries make a wonderful salad. Putting them together into a sandwich with the addition of brie sounds like a great idea. Brie on a grilled cheese works well since it melts nicely and has a mild flavor. Roasting the strawberries gives them a more intense flavor that adds to the different ingredients on this sandwich. This recipe at OhMyVeggies is great for a light lunch.
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I can eat ricotta by itself which may seem a little strange, but I love it. Of course, I have mixed it with spinach in a pasta dish but would never have thought of putting it on a sandwich. I think it is a brilliant idea and it is delicious. This recipe at Cafe Delites suggests dipping the sandwich in your favorite marinara and I think it enhances the flavor.
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I order jalapeño poppers whenever I see them on a menu, therefore the idea of them on a sandwich excited me. It was unbelievably delicious. I did make sure to remove the seeds and membranes as was suggested to keep the peppers from being too spicy. If you love jalapeños here is another way of eating them that is simple and different. The recipe at Small Town Woman is well worth your time.
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I wanted to feature at least one sandwich that was completely outside the box. First let me say if you have never tried pumpkin butter it is one of the best things ever. Combining pumpkin butter, chocolate, and brie is genius. Be forewarned though, it is a messy sandwich and requires more than one napkin while eating. Licking the fingers before the using the napkins is highly encouraged in order to not waste any of the deliciousness. If you try only one of these recipes, let this be it. The recipe can be found at Two Peas and Their Pod.
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This last recipe technically is not a sandwich. Since it is a grilled cheese cut up and fried to perfection, I thought it still fit the topic. It is a bit time consuming but worth every minute it takes. It would be the perfect food for watching football. This recipe MrsHappyHomemaker uses Velveeta and crescent rolls to create a delicious snack for anytime.
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It’s amazing what you can do with a piece of bread, cheese and whatever else your imagination thinks of.
If you have any awesome grilled cheese recipes I would love to hear about them.