These tiny triple-decker sandwiches are buttery, toasty, and oozing with cheese. They're a cross between a crouton and a grilled cheese.
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Butternut and acorn squash are my go-to squash, but for a recent photo shoot I picked up a couple of spaghetti squash. Why don't I eat this variety more often? The light yellow flesh is sweet and delicate, and when scratched with a fork, transforms into slender strands that resemble the pasta it gets its name from.
Crusty rolls stuffed with shallot and sage-scented spaghetti squash and melted cheddar cheese.
It's been a while since we've encountered a grilled cheese with filling and bread so well-matched, both in terms of proportion and overall quality of ingredients.
This isn't an attempt to outshine the original beef Patty Melt, but it is pretty gosh-darn awesome with its crisp pork patty and caramelized fennel and onions.
For a twist on the classic pimento cheese sandwich, this recipe adds charred jalapeño and poblano peppers, as well as a warm hint of ground cumin. The soft, spreadable texture remains the same as always, but the flavors are bit more assertive and spicy.
If you love pimento cheese, try this spiced up jalapeño and poblano pepper version.
Grilled cheese sandwiches need little improvement. From the basic Wonder bread and American cheese combo to ritzier versions, the combination of buttery, toasted-until-golden bread gushing with warm melted cheese is synonymous with comfort. Nevertheless, adding some sautéed mushrooms and shallots never hurt.
Ripple's Grilled Cheese Bar operates on a small counter, complete with a meat slicer, panini press, and an array of cheeses. You can get the Stinky Pete ($9) made with "hideously smelly" Torta la Serena cheese, asparagus, and anchovies; and Krusty Krab ($11), made with jumbo lump crab and béchamel.
So I won't go so far as to say that vegetarians should seek out the grilled cheese sandwich ($2.95) at burger chain Five Guys. But it is better than an awful lot of meatless options out there.
The flavor combos at Friendly Toast may seem a little bonkers upon first read of the menu, and they are, but just have faith. A mojito milkshake? Falafel burrito? A grilled cheese made with both cheddar and American on cayenne-cheddar bread (cheese on cheese!) with an olive-garlic spread and strawberry-habanero dipping sauce? Wait, come again? But the DGGC, which acronymizes Damn Good Grilled Cheese, lives up to its name.
It may not come from the Milk Truck, and it may not have any unusual cheese combination, but the grilled cheese sandwich at Westville West (one of three Westville establishments on the island) can certainly hold its own against New York's other melty sandwich options.
Queens Kickshaw, centrally located in Astoria right off the bustling intersection of Broadway and Steinway Street, has become a neighborhood destination. Its coffee program may be among the best in the borough, but the grilled cheese sandwiches and other savory bites are my big draw. At its worst, the food at Queens Kickshaw is very good. When the grilled cheese stars align and you order from the strong sides of the menu, it's superb.
This Serious Eats Grilled Cheese Honor Roll doesn't discriminate between basic and fancypants grilled cheese sandwiches, as long as it's irresistibly delicious. This is just a short list, so please chime in with any we left out.
It should come as no surprise that a grilled cheese sandwich courtesy of the fine cheese mavens at Cowgirl Creamery is a truly excellent one. While Cowgirl Creamery Sidekick, their cafe-style counter at the Ferry Building, has many delicious, dairy-centric options, it's hard to order anything other than the grilled cheese of the day.
The Grilled Cheese ($9) at the South Philly Tap Room is filled with gooey gouda and Muenster, spilling puddles of oozy cheesiness out the sides. The bread is buttered and grilled dark and crisp. The sandwich, which arrives cut in half, also comes with a cup of chunky tomato lager soup finished with a drizzle of olive oil. The sandwiches at the Taproom are a big draw, but their beer list is equally thrilling. I paired my grilled cheese with a Founders IPA ($5) with enough bite to stand up to this cheesemonster of a sandwich.
When Ed reviewed the cheery Eggs Travaganza cart on 52nd Street and Park back in 2009, it was still only out for breakfast; now, they're on the street for lunch, too. We'd point you to the Grilled Cheese with Chorizo and Bacon ($5), on multi-grain bread that's crazy-buttery.
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It's only natural that someone who loves stinky, funky cheeses might turn to making her own stinky, funky kimchi—deliciously spicy cabbage pickled in the Korean tradition. Kimchi and cheese are two of my favorite foods so it was only a matter of time before they came to share a common home on my plate: the grilled sandwich.