All Of Them 'Wiches
Serious Eats's Grilled Cheese Sandwich
There's grilled cheese, then there's GRILLED CHEESE. When you're faced with a perfect grilled cheese, globules of cheese slowly oozing out of the edges, a pure, even golden-brown face suffused deeply with butter, you know even before you bite into it if the experience is going to be transcendental. So how do you get there? We've learned a thing or two about it over the years. Here's our favorite recipe.
Crisp Grilled Cheese
In this version, we've upped our standard grilled cheese game by adding a layer of crispy browned Parmesan cheese to the exterior of our sandwiches. Meta-grilled cheese?
Guacamole Grilled Cheese
If you're one of those people that gags at the idea of warm avocado, this recipe just might change your mind. This sandwich combines the warm, gooey, crisp, buttery comfort of a grilled cheese with the creamy tang of guacamole. I'm not a betting man, but if I were, I'd place good odds on this being one of the best things ever.
Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese
All the flavors of a jalapeño popper—the crisp crust, the heat from the 'peños, the gooey, melty cream cheese—shoved into a grilled cheese sandwich.
Brie and Nutella Grilled Cheese
Nutella makes most things better, and toasting things in butter makes better things even more better. So why not combine two great concepts and apply them to the greatest food ever? It makes for one seriously delicious mess of a sandwich.
Faux Cubano Grilled Cheese
It's not quite a cubano without the roast pork or cuban bread, but in many ways, it's even better. For one thing, using sliced bread is better for soaking up butter and cooking up golden brown. For another, it takes a fraction of the time. A fair tradeoff, in my estimation.
Grilled Cheese with Pepperoni and Pickled Cherry Peppers
The combo of salty cured pork fat, heat, and a sweet-tart hit from the pickled peppers is a tough act to beat. It works great on pizza, and even better sandwiched between super-melty slices of Colby cheese and buttery bread.
Grilled Cheese with Bacon, Tomato, and Avocado
It's like a B.L.T. sandwich, except the lettuce is a bit ooier, gooier, meltier, saltier, and, well, cheesier. It's also got some avocado, so there's that.
Grilled Cheese with Roasted Pineapple, Ham, and Swiss
Grilled cheese, by way of Hawaii. That's if they really eat a lot of ham and pineapple in Hawaii (which of course they do). Roasting the pineapple makes it extra sweet.
Grilled Cheese with Kimchi
It may sound strange, but kimchi and melty cheese are a natural pair. Just ask anyone who's had cheesy kimchi ramen, or who likes to melt a slice of cheese into their jjigae, or who's ever had a kimchi quesadilla from the now-ubiquitous Korean taco trucks. In this version, we cross spicy, garlicky kimchi with a grilled cheese sandwich.
Caprese Grilled Cheese
Fresh mozzarella, sweet summer tomatoes, bails leaves, and a drizzle of olive oil. It's a grilled cheese for grown-ups. Or just people who like tomatoes.
Muffuletta Grilled Cheese
Yeah, we like our muffulettas up in here. This grilled cheese variation gets piled with cold cuts and olive salad before being griddled in hot butter until melty.