Life is about the simple pleasures, and there’s almost nothing simpler than a warm and delicious grilled cheese sandwich. Gooey melted cheese with fun fixings on crispy toasted bread…what else could you possibly need? Here are some simple tips and twists to make your best-grilled cheese ever.
Out of butter?
Yes, this even happens in Paula’s kitchen from time to time. Try Paula’s trusty trick of smearing the outside of the bread with mayonnaise instead of butter for a delicious and golden brown crust with tang! It makes a perfectly crisp crust every time. You might not even miss the butter. Try it with these Ghostly Grilled Cheeses.
Fun with Flavor
Combine fun flavor combinations like Paula’s favorite Grilled Apple Bacon and Cheddar sandwich with Roasted Onion Mayo. The apples give the sandwich crunch and a sweet delicious flavor while roasted onion mayo adds a creamy zippy smack.
Take a tip from Jamie and cut your grilled cheese into bite size pieces. They make the perfect pairing with soup and are fun to dunk! Go ahead, give these dunkers a whirl.
Savory AND Sweet
Spread the inside of the bread with some jam and add some baby spinach or arugula for an easy twist on a sweet and savory combo that can’t be beat.
Brighten It Up
Add some sliced tomatoes for a brighter flavor. Or go gourmet and spread the inside of the bread with some of Paula’s roasted tomato compound butter for a bright flavor bursting with summery flavors.
Now We’re Shreddin’
Boost your cheesiness factor by using shredded cheese in place of sliced for a sandwich with quicker more evenly melted gooey cheese.
Go global and add deli sliced ham, pickles, and mustard for an amazing Cuban Grilled Cheese.
Final Quick Tips!
For a panini without the press, grill your sandwiches on a cast iron skillet and press with another heavy skillet placed on top.
Now, if you want to keep it simple, remember the basics- good quality bread and cheese and you can’t go wrong!
Did we miss anything? What are some of your secrets for the best-grilled cheese ever?
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