The Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich

 The BEST Grilled Cheese Sandwich is grilled until toasty and golden and loaded with gooey cheese on hearty bread.  Add a bowl of tomato soup and you have a match made in heaven! Always an easy answer to “what’s for dinner”.

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The Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Here before us stands a classic recipe as old as time…Okay maybe not that old, but a recipe old enough that I’m sure many of you reading this remember a childhood filled with days of toasted cheese sandwiches. 

The grilled cheese recipes often get labeled as a meal for kids, but who says the little ones are the only ones who get to enjoy this cheesy delicacy? While it might not be the most sophisticated of recipes, I’ll tell you right now, from the moment you bite into this sandwich you will immediately know its the best-grilled cheese you’ve ever had. 

I’ve taken your classic recipe and made it totally adult meal worthy with 4 different kinds of cheese that are melted in between two pieces of perfectly crisp sourdough bread. It’s a toasted cheese recipe so good, everyone will be drooling over it!

Grilled Cheese Sandwich with tomato soup

What’s The Best Cheese To Use For A Grilled Cheese Sandwich?

When it comes to what separates a good grilled cheese from a great grilled cheese, it’s less about the type of cheese used, and more about the amount of cheese used. As long as you’re not skimping on cheese, or overflowing the bread, you really can’t go wrong. 

For this recipe, I used a mix of a few of my favorite cheeses, (cheddar, provolone, gouda, and parmesan) but here are a few more options that will work just as well. 

  • American cheese for a simple and classic recipe
  • Brie if you want to get fancy with it 
  • Mozzarella if you’re more of a white cheese fan

The BEST Grilled Cheese Sandwich ingredients

How To Make The Best Grilled Cheese

You might know the bare bones of what’s needed to make a grilled cheese, but if you follow the easy instructions below, you’ll come out with not just any old grilled cheese, but the most amazing grilled cheese sandwich! 

To start, mix softened butter, mayo, parmesan, and garlic until well combined and spread the butter-mayo mixture on one side of each slice of bread. Place 2 slices of bread, butter side down in skillet or griddle. Layer each piece of bread with each cheese and then top with remaining slices of buttered bread. 

Once the sandwiches are assembled, cook until golden and cheese begins to melt, then flip and grill until the other side is golden brown and cheese is completely melted. When both sides are toasted, transfer to a plate to serve.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich with gooey cheese

Can I Add More Toppings To My Grilled Cheese?

Of course! If you want to make your grilled cheese a little more interesting, there are lots of different topping that go perfectly with this simple recipe. 

  • Proteins: grilled or shredded chicken, bacon, ham
  • Veggies: spinach, sliced bell peppers, cucumber
  • Fruits: apple slices, tomatoes, avocado 

These are just a few of my go-to’s, so if you try any other toppings you love, be sure to let me know in the comments below! 

 

What To Serve With A Toasted Cheese Sandwich

Any time I make a toasted cheese, especially in the winter, I always have to make my favorite roasted tomato soup to go along with it. I look at this pair of foods kind of like spaghetti and meatballs, they just belong together. 

You could also pair it with a simple Italian salad, or a vegetable on the side, like sauteed green beans with bacon. 

The BEST Grilled Cheese Sandwich cut in half

Don’t Miss Out On More Easy To Make Sandwich Recipes

Roasted Turkey, Apple & Cheddar Sandwich – packed with flavor and makes a quick, easy and delicious meal! A favorite Panera restaurant sandwich gets a little healthier when you make it at home! 

Greek Chicken Wrap – stuffed with garbanzo beans, shredded chicken, feta cheese, tomatoes, and cucumbers are rolled in tortillas for a quick Greek-inspired lunch. 

Sweet Heat Chickpea Avocado Salad Sandwich – A creamy yet sturdy texture with a hint of heat from the mustard and sweet from the pickle relish. There’s a bit of crunch here and there from the celery and the dill adds a touch of freshness. 

Creamy Dill Chicken Salad –  a twist on an old favorite with tons of room for variations and additions – the perfect dish for potlucks and picnics! A mix of dill weed, dijon mustard, greek yogurt, mayonnaise and more come together for chicken salad perfection!

Turkey Bacon Avocado Grilled Cheese – grilled until golden and gooey loaded with fresh basil, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese on hearty artisan bread.  

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Tools Used To Make The Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe

Electric Griddle:

Having an electric griddle around is perfect for when you’re cooking for a crowd, or just need to free up some stove burners. I love the large cooking space and easy cleanup with this product!

8 in Cast Iron Skillet:

The perfect skillet for stovetop or oven cooking. I use my 8 in pan constantly for dips, desserts, or even pasta. 

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Grilled Cheese Sandwich with gooey cheese

The Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Yield: 2 sandwiches
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

The BEST Grilled Cheese Sandwich is grilled until toasty and golden and loaded with gooey cheese on hearty bread.  Add a bowl of tomato soup and you have a match made in heaven!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons mayo
  • 1/4 cup fresh parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 4 slices of sourdough or Italian bread
  • 4 slices gouda cheese
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • 4 slices sharp cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl mix softened butter, mayo, parmesan, and garlic until well combined.
  2. Spread butter-mayo mixture on one side of each slice of bread. Pace 2 slices of bread, butter side down in skillet or griddle. Layer each piece of bread with two slices of each cheese. Top with remaining slices of buttered bread (butter side up).
  3. Heat over medium heat and cook until golden and cheese begins to melt - about 4-5 minutes (you can cover with a lid to speed up the melting process.) Flip and grill until the other side is golden brown and cheese is completely melted (about another 4-5 minutes).
  4. Once both sides are toasted, transfer to a plate to serve.

Notes

You may need to adjust the cheese slices depending on the size of your bread slices or preference.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1210Total Fat: 75gSaturated Fat: 40gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 29gCholesterol: 195mgSodium: 2477mgCarbohydrates: 77gFiber: 3gSugar: 8gProtein: 58g

Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin, and freshness of ingredients used.

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