Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Grilled cheese sandwiches hold a special place in our hearts as a comforting remnant of childhood, but rarely do they get credit as viable grown-up fare.  As a child, I had a mysterious aversion to cheese, but I am trying to make up for it in volume now. The classic yellow cheddar + white bread combo is still the uncontested companion to a steaming bowl of tomato soup, but a few simple additions can make grilled cheese a quick, filling, & respectable lunch for grown-ups too.

Best Grilled Sandwich Combos

cheddar +  sliced tomato + avocado

gouda + sliced pear

mozzarella + sliced apple

brie + roasted red peppers + turkey

swiss + cranberry sauce + turkey

havarti + mustard + ham

 

Sweet Melts

pb&j (trust me, it’s way better like this)

pb + banana

nutella + banana + mascarpone

raspberry jam + mascarpone

 

Notes: I consider grilled sandwiches interchangeable with quesadillas, and tortillas are an easy alternative to limit carbs or gluten. In early grilled sammy attempts, I tended to burn the outside before the cheese was fully melted. The trick is to cook it on medium low covered, so it gets warm in there & melts the cheese.

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