Grilled cheese sandwiches are the ultimate in easy, satisfying comfort food. The simple goodness of three ingredients - bread, butter and cheese - combine deliciously for a crisp, crunchy exterior and a smooth, creamy center. And don’t forget the soup! Tomato soup has the perfect flavor that complements any grilled cheese sandwich. It’s hard to resist dipping!
Start with the best ingredients
Cheese – White American cheese is ideal. It has a mild flavor and a perfect, creamy texture when melted. A traditional grilled American cheese sandwich uses 1 to 3 thin slices. This may vary depending on the other ingredients used.
Bread – Any bread can be used, but the best grilled cheese sandwiches use good quality bakery-style white or wheat bread. Heavy breads will give you a chewy coarse texture that may overpower the cheese flavor. Plain white breads will give you a soft texture that blends into the cheese.
Butter – Butter provides flavor and gives the bread a toasty, golden color and crispness. Butter should be at room temperature to spread easily and not tear the bread. Or use spreadable butter right from the refrigerator for similar results.
Variations and Special Touches
Purists love a plain grilled cheese sandwich but you can use your imagination and add your favorite sandwich filling and flavors. When cut into smaller portions, these creative suggestions can make great appetizers too.
- Thin slices of tomato, avocado or roasted red peppers
- Caramelized onions
- Crisply cooked bacon
- Deli ham, turkey or roast beef
- Pesto, mustard or fresh herbs
- Thin slices of apple or pear
Here are some more ideas to get you started:
Hearty Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Bacon & Avocado Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Herbed Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Italian Grilled Cheese
Chunky Tomato Basil Soup