Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Grilled Cheese Sandwich
5 from 1 vote
A crisp, buttery exterior and a gorgeously gooey, cheesy centre, this is the best grilled cheese sandwich. The epitome of what a grilled cheese sandwich should be. For the ultimate winter comfort food, dip into roasted tomato soup.
Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This is the best grilled cheese sandwich recipe ever. Each bite is crunchy and cheesy to perfection. Excellent for breakfast or as a tasty comfort food.

Grilled cheese is a traditional breakfast sandwich from the United States. It has existed since the early twentieth century.

I am not much of a person for breakfast, and neither is my husband. That is why a lot of my breakfast recipes involve quick breakfasts that don’t involve me being in the kitchen for long, such as my egg shakshuka recipe or my egg sandwich recipe.

This grilled cheese sandwich recipe is another example of one such recipe. It is probably the simplest one yet with only three ingredients. Due to its very minimal use of ingredients, be sure that you carefully select each ingredient.

Sourdough bread is ideal for grilled cheese sandwiches. It is a slow-fermented bread that is healthier than most other bread options. That is why it is one of my favourite pieces of bread to use for this recipe.

It is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It is a good choice for grilled cheese because it has a thick, dense, and sturdy texture.

This means that it can withstand multiple layers of fillings, so if you want to modify this recipe to make your own version, this bread can handle it. Furthermore, the soft and tangy flavour complements the sharp and gooey cheese perfectly.

Ciabatta, brioche, and rye bread are also excellent choices. Brioche is made from an enriched dough, so it has a sweeter flavour. Be sure to keep that in mind.

There are other bread options to consider, each with its own set of advantages. Regardless of the bread used, ensure that the slices are thickly cut. Make sure to use a serrated knife to get an even cut.

Cheese is an important ingredient as well, so choose it wisely. My recipe calls for cheddar cheese, which I personally think is one of the best to use. It melts easily and has a mild, cheesy flavour that everyone can appreciate.

Now I know that American cheese often gets a bad reputation, but it actually is perfect for a classic grilled cheese. It melts beautifully and becomes delectably gooey.

Brie, monetary jack, fontina, gruyere, provolone, mozzarella, and blue cheese are among the many other excellent kinds of cheese.

It is very important that you do not skimp on the butter, so be generous.  One tablespoon of butter may seem excessive for a single grilled cheese sandwich, but it is essential in creating that delicious crispy brown crust and imparting flavour.

In the wintertime, I love to make this grilled cheese sandwich and dipping into some roasted tomato and basil soup. Nothing beats this pair.

However, for breakfast, I love to eat mine with a cup of tea, specifically Indian tea. The ultimate breakfast combination.

What Ingredients to Use & Why

Let’s embark on a joyful journey of gastronomical delight, where simplicity meets heavenly taste. Grilled Cheese Sandwiches! Ah, what can one say?

A trusty staple of home comfort food, that brings the universal comfort of gooey melted cheese encased within crisply toasted bread. Only three ingredients, you ask? Indeed! And each one as paramount as the next.

No, my dear reader, we shan’t speak of “stars” in this show, for each ingredient plays a pivotal role in our humble yet delectable grilled cheese sandwich. Let’s set out on this exploration of taste, texture, and togetherness, shall we?

Bread: Ah, bread! Our comforting canvas where culinary magic unfolds. The humble bread serves as the warm embrace that nestles the cheese in a grilled cheese sandwich.

It’s crunchy when toasted, soft within, and adds a delightful contrast to the gooey richness of the cheese. For our beloved sandwich, we’ve chosen plain white bread – a classic choice.

However, sourdough or whole grain could add an extra layer of flavour and a bit more nutrition if you fancy a change. Remember, the best bread for you is the one you love the most!

Cheddar Cheese: Oh, cheddar, the delightfully melty heart of our sandwich! Cheddar brings a perfect balance of flavour – not too sharp, not too mild, with a rich, creamy texture that melts to perfection.

It’s the proverbial glue that binds our sandwich together. Cheddar, with its smooth melt and slight tang, enriches the simplicity of the bread and transforms our sandwich into a gooey masterpiece. But the world of cheese is vast, my friends.

Feel adventurous? Substitute cheddar with Gruyere for nutty notes, or Monterey Jack for a creamy, mild flavour. Just ensure it’s a good melting cheese, for the ooze is the essence!

Butter: Our humble ally, butter! It not only prevents our sandwich from adhering to the pan but also gifts a golden brown, crispy crust that is music to our taste buds.

The subtle flavour of butter complements the bread and cheese, tying together the sandwich with a touch of richness. There are few true replacements for butter in this scenario, but in a pinch, a neutral oil or margarine can lend a similar effect, although the flavour may vary.

And there you have it! A simple symphony of bread, cheese, and butter – the quintessential Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Each ingredient harmoniously contributes to creating a meal that’s much more than the sum of its parts. Now, who’s hungry?

More than Just Cheddar for Your Grilled Cheese

Okay, folks, so you’re telling me you’re tired of cheddar? That’s okay! Cheese is like a wonderland – filled with so many options. Let’s dive into this dairy-filled dimension and find some alternatives for our trusty cheddar in our grilled cheese sandwich.

Gouda, for instance, is a goud-a choice (I know, I couldn’t help myself). This Dutch superstar has a sweet, slightly fruity flavour that pairs well with the toasty crunch of our bread.

Speaking of sweet, have you ever tried brie in your grilled cheese? It’s creamy, mild, and gives a luxuriously gourmet touch to the sandwich.

Feeling a little spicy? Pepper Jack cheese with its peppery kick can liven up your usual grilled cheese sandwich in no time. If you’re into classic flavours but want a small twist, Colby Jack or Swiss cheese can be a delightful change. They both melt beautifully and offer a different flavour profile than cheddar.

Now, if you’re a cheese adventurer and ready to push the boundaries, why not try blue cheese? Yes, you heard right! Its strong, tangy flavour could be just what you need to transform your grilled cheese from good to extraordinary.

The Gluten-free Guide to a Grilled Cheese Sandwich

I know, I know, gluten can be a real party pooper sometimes. But don’t fret, my gluten-avoiding pals. Let’s welcome our hero of the day, gluten-free bread! Today, you can find a wide range of gluten-free bread options in most grocery stores. My personal favourites are the ones made from almond or coconut flour.

Just like regular bread, ensure to butter your gluten-free bread for that irresistible golden crust we all love. It might have a slightly different texture, but trust me, when that cheese starts to melt… mmm, divine!

And don’t forget, there’s a whole world beyond just the traditional bread! Have you ever tried using corn tortillas? It’s a completely different experience but hey, diversity is the spice of life, right?

Or how about going low-carb and using some grilled eggplant slices as your bread? Imagine the cheese melting and mixing with the delicious grilled eggplant. Sounds mouth-watering, doesn’t it?

Perfectly Melted Cheese Without Burning the Bread

Now, this is an art. It’s a fine line between a sad, unmelted cheese sandwich and a piece of blackened toast with a puddle of cheese. But fear not! I have walked that line and I’m here to guide you through it.

The secret, my friends, lies in the heat. It’s all about that balance! You don’t want the pan too hot because your bread will reach the perfect level of golden brown before the cheese gets a chance to melt. The trick is to keep your heat at medium-low. This gives the cheese ample time to reach that oozy, gooey consistency we all know and love.

Another useful trick is to cover your pan with a lid while the sandwich is cooking. The steam created helps melt the cheese faster. Just remember to keep an eye on the bread to avoid it getting too soggy.

Lastly, consider the thickness of your cheese slices. Thinner slices will melt quicker than thick ones. If you like your cheese in a chunkier slice, try grating it instead. Grated cheese has more surface area exposed to heat and melts more quickly and evenly.

A Butter Substitute for Your Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Butter, the golden boy of grilled cheese sandwiches, right? Not so fast. Allow me to introduce you to the understudy waiting for their moment in the spotlight – margarine! Let’s face it, we’ve all had that ‘uh-oh’ moment when you’re ready to whip up a grilled cheese sandwich, only to find out that you’re out of butter.

Enter margarine, stage left. Margarine can absolutely play the role of butter in our sandwich theatre. It spreads easily, has a slightly lower burning point than butter, and gives you that crispy golden-brown crust that you’re craving. Just ensure that it’s a margarine that you enjoy the flavour of, as it can subtly influence the taste of your sandwich.

So, next time you’re out of butter, or just looking to shake things up a bit, give margarine a go. Your grilled cheese might just enjoy the change of cast, and your taste buds might applaud you too!

Boosting the Flavour of Your Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Who doesn’t love a classic grilled cheese sandwich? But even classics can use a little jazzing up now and then. So how about we sprinkle a bit of creativity onto that timeless grilled cheese recipe?

A simple trick to up your flavour game is using a blend of cheeses. Try a mixture of cheddar and Monterey Jack or Gouda and Swiss. The different cheeses not only provide different flavours but also different textures for a unique taste sensation.

Want to go a bit further? Add some caramelised onions or sauteed mushrooms in there for a savoury boost. Or you can spread a thin layer of your favourite pesto on the inside of your bread before adding the cheese. The possibilities are endless!

Remember, there are no rules in the realm of grilled cheese. It’s all about finding those little touches that make your sandwich uniquely yours.

Oven vs. Stove: A Tale of Two Grilled Cheese Techniques

Let’s face it, there are multiple paths to a delicious grilled cheese sandwich. Some like the stove, while others prefer the oven. So, if you’re team oven, then this one’s for you!

Using an oven to make a grilled cheese sandwich is an epic endeavour that deserves respect. It’s simple yet effective, and it might just be your new favourite method. Preheat your oven to about 375°F (190°C), butter your bread as usual, place your cheese in between, and lay it on a baking sheet.

Bake for about 6-8 minutes or until the underside is nicely browned, then flip your sandwich and give it another 5 minutes or so. The result? A beautifully browned sandwich with cheese that’s evenly melted. Plus, if you’re making multiple sandwiches, this is a fantastic way to cook them all at once.

So, go ahead and give it a whirl! After all, the more grilled cheese-making techniques in your arsenal, the better, right?

Picking the Perfect Pan for Your Grilled Cheese Masterpiece

Ah, the humble frying pan. It’s easy to overlook, isn’t it? But let’s not underestimate the power of the pan, especially when it comes to making our beloved grilled cheese sandwich. The type of pan you use can influence how your sandwich turns out, so let’s delve into this pan-demonium!

First up, we have the classic non-stick pan. This is an excellent choice for beginners and grilled cheese pros alike. The non-stick surface ensures an easy flip and even easier clean-up. However, make sure you don’t crank the heat too high as it might damage the non-stick coating over time.

Another contender is the cast-iron skillet. This vintage hero is known for its excellent heat retention and distribution. It gives your sandwich a golden, crunchy exterior while perfectly melting the cheese inside. Just be aware, cast iron is heavy and requires a bit of care to maintain its seasoning.

Last but not least, let’s talk about the griddle. Its large, flat surface is ideal when you’re feeding a crowd. You can easily make multiple sandwiches at once without overcrowding the pan.

Whatever pan you choose, remember that practice makes perfect. So, go on, unleash your inner grilled cheese guru!

Going Vegan with Your Grilled Cheese Sandwich

“But what about cheese?”, you may ask. Don’t fret, my vegan comrades! Today, we have an array of delicious vegan cheeses available in the market that melt, stretch, and taste just like the real deal.

Vegan cheeses are often made from a variety of plant foods including nuts, soy, and root vegetables. Brands like Daiya, Chao, and Follow Your Heart offer different styles of vegan cheese that melt beautifully inside our beloved sandwich.

For the butter, there are a plethora of vegan spreads or margarines available in grocery stores. Earth Balance, for instance, makes a great butter substitute that’s 100% plant-based.

Of course, bread is usually vegan, but do make sure to double-check the ingredients. Some brands use honey or dairy products, which aren’t vegan-friendly.

So, fellow veganites, get ready to grill your heart out and enjoy a deliciously dairy-free grilled cheese sandwich!

Pimping Your Grilled Cheese with Extra Fillings

Are you ready to elevate your grilled cheese game? How about adding a few extra ingredients to transform your sandwich from basic to bombastic?

Consider pairing your cheese with slices of ham or turkey for a meaty bite. The salty, savoury meat complements the creamy cheese perfectly. If you’re a fan of breakfast sandwiches, slide in a cooked egg for a breakfast-inspired grilled cheese.

Vegetables also make great additions. Thin slices of tomato or avocado add freshness and creaminess, while pickles or jalapenos can provide a crunchy and spicy contrast. Caramelized onions or sauteed mushrooms can introduce a sweet or umami flavour to your sandwich.

Play around with condiments, too. A spread of Dijon mustard, a dollop of jam, or a swirl of sriracha may be the secret weapon your grilled cheese has been waiting for.

With these add-ins, your grilled cheese sandwich will be anything but ordinary!

Storing and Reheating Leftover Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Wait, leftover grilled cheese? I didn’t know that was a thing! If you, like me, find yourself with a leftover grilled cheese sandwich, here’s how to store and reheat it without sacrificing flavour or texture.

Once your grilled cheese sandwich has cooled down, wrap it tightly in aluminium foil and store it in the refrigerator. It should keep for a day or two. Just make sure not to leave it out at room temperature for too long as bacteria can start to grow.

When you’re ready to reheat your sandwich, the oven is your best friend. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C), unwrap your sandwich, and place it on a baking sheet. Bake for about 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melty and the bread is crispy.

Resist the urge to use the microwave! It may seem quick and easy, but it will leave your bread soggy. Remember, patience is a virtue and that virtue is rewarded with a deliciously reheated grilled cheese sandwich!

So, there you have it, your guide to dealing with the mythical beast that is the leftover grilled cheese sandwich. Don’t fear it, embrace it!

Check Out These Other Recipes

Feeling peckish after trying out our Grilled Cheese Sandwich recipe? Well, how about we explore more delightful and comfort-filled American recipes together? I have some incredible suggestions that will surely make your taste buds dance!

To begin our gastronomic journey, let’s start with a classic and irresistible breakfast recipe, the American Pancakes. I promise you, the fluffy, lightly sweet pancakes topped with a drizzle of maple syrup, will have you dreaming about breakfast all day long.

From the breakfast table, let’s journey over to something that’s perfect for a mid-morning snack or a laid-back brunch. Yes, I am talking about our Scrambled Eggs recipe. This delightful dish, bursting with buttery richness, will make your regular scrambled eggs seem like a distant memory.

Of course, what American food tour would be complete without a nod to our love for comfort foods? So, let’s dive right into our Cheese Pizza recipe. Trust me when I say, the melted cheese, paired with a tangy, robust pizza sauce, resting on a perfectly baked crust is nothing short of a slice of heaven!

Now, let’s talk about desserts. How about something fun and playful like our Bubble Tea recipe? This Taiwanese-origin drink has found a home in American hearts, and our version, complete with chewy tapioca pearls and a creamy, milky tea base, is a must-try!

Lastly, I can’t let you go without introducing our heavenly Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe. These cookies are delightfully crispy on the outside, yet chewy on the inside, studded with chunks of chocolate that simply melt in your mouth.

I’m thrilled to be sharing these incredible recipes with you, and I’m even more excited to hear what you think of them! So please, try them out and don’t forget to leave a comment sharing your experience.

Remember, the kitchen is a playground, and these recipes are just the beginning of what you can create. So, let’s cook, enjoy, and share the love of food, one recipe at a time.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

by Nabeela Kauser
A crisp, buttery exterior and a gorgeously gooey, cheesy centre, this is the best grilled cheese sandwich. The epitome of what a grilled cheese sandwich should be.
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Sandwich
Calories 482 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 slices Bread
  • 2 slices Cheese Cheddar
  • 1 tbsp Butter

Instructions

  • Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat.
  • Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread.
  • Place one slice of cheese on one slice of bread (on the unbuttered side), and then top it with the other slice of cheese and the other slice of bread (buttered side up).
  • Place the sandwich in the preheated pan and cook for 2-3 minutes until the bottom slice of bread is golden brown.
  • Flip the sandwich over and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until the other side is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
  • Take the sandwich out of the pan, cut it in half if desired, and serve hot.

Notes

Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.

Nutrition

Calories: 482kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 19gFat: 33gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 721mgPotassium: 125mgFibre: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 912IUVitamin C: 0.1mgVitamin D: 0.3µgCalcium: 469mgIron: 2mg
Keyword American, Brunch, Cheese, Comfort Food, Food, Recipe, Sandwich
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