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The Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This grilled cheese sandwich recipe is a classic, truly the ultimate comfort food!

Skip the fancy add-ins – this grilled cheese recipe shares the secrets to a perfect bite with ooey, gooey cheese and toasty bread. Perfection.

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  • It’s a simple, unfussy classic made just as it should be.
  • The bread is toasty, the cheese is melty, and it’s easy to make.
  • I share the secret trick that food trucks and fancy bistros use for the perfectly golden brown and crispy bread.
  • While this is a classic, I’ve added a few variations if you’d like to change it up.

Ingredients for a Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich

BreadMake your grilled cheese with any bread you like! This is a childhood favorite and I love a simple version with white bread or an elevated version with sourdough.

Cheese My favorite cheese for grilled cheese is cheddar. Sharp cheddar has the most flavor while American cheese is extra creamy – I often include a slice of each.

Butter – Okay, hear me out. Instead of buttering the outside of the bread, I use mayonnaise. It has a higher smoke point than butter and makes the bread nice and crispy. You can use butter if you’d like but I highly recommend giving mayo a try.

How to Make a Grilled Cheese Sandwich

  1. Spread the mayonnaise over one side of each piece of bread and place (mayo side down) in a small skillet (recipe below).
  2. Top with cheese and any extras. Place the second piece of bread on top, mayo side up.
  3. Grill both sides until golden brown.

Holly’s Tips for Grilled Cheese Perfection

  • Cook grilled cheese sandwiches on a ‘low and slow’ heat so the bread will toast and the cheese melts inside.
  • Make the exterior extra crispy be replacing butter with mayonnaise.
  • If your grilled cheese is ‘loaded’ with lots of goodies or extra cheese, place the bottom slice in the pan and leave it open-faced. Cover with a lid until the ingredients melt together, and then add the top slice of bread. Flip it over and cook until crisp.
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Our Favorite Grilled Cheese Sandwich Variations

Think beyond cheese and bread – add your favorite meats and flavors to make a new favorite.

What is your twist on a Grilled Cheese Sandwich? Leave us a comment below!

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Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Nothing is more comforting than a hot, melty grilled cheese sandwich!

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 7 minutes

Total Time 12 minutes

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  • Preheat a small skillet over low heat.

  • Spread the mayonnaise or butter over one side of each piece of bread. Place 2 slices of bread in the skillet, mayonnaise side down.

  • Top the bread with cheddar cheese slices and the remaining slice of bread, mayonnaise side out.

  • Cook until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes. Flip and cook the other side until golden.

Feeling Fancy?  Before removing your sandwich from the heat, sprinkle a tablespoon of shredded cheddar cheese right on the outside of the bread. Crisp the cheese on the pan for a minute or two until it forms a crisp cheese crust on the outside.

Calories: 490 | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 739mg | Potassium: 113mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 655IU | Calcium: 600mg | Iron: 2.2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
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