Let’s get CHEESY on Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day or anytime ooey-gooey-melty cheese is required in your household! This is my legendary grilled cheese recipe. Save and share!
I hide my favorites in the back of the cold cut drawer so that I can sneak in to grab a wedge, a cube, or a slice when no one is looking!
I like grilled cheese, cauliflower dunked in cheese sauce, pimento cheese sandwiches, melting cheese dips, shredded cheese in the middle of my omelets, brie cheese on my panini press sandwiches…Get the picture?
In my book, At Home Entertaining, The Art of Hosting Parties with Style and Panache (PS you can still find a copy on Amazon!) I designed a party that I called Dinner for Four on the Floor.
This was based on one of the first dinner parties I ever hosted.
I was in my one bedroom apartment hosting my (soon-to-be-hubby) boyfriend and my best friend, Sherry and her hubby, Jon.
My small dining table sat two, so I improvised and threw cushions on the floor around my slightly larger coffee table. I borrowed fondue pots from friends and served fondue for dinner and dessert.
We sat on that floor for hours forming forever friendships and stuffing our faces with bread and veggies dipped in smooth, luxurious cheese.
I still LOVE fondue. Melting cheese is yummy. Bread dipped into melting cheese is about the best THING ever!
But melting cheese sandwiched in between toasted bread is a real close second. Here’s a preview from the “Cheesy Things” section of my next book. It’s a quick tutorial on how to make the BEST DAMN Grilled Cheese sandwich you’re ever going to eat.
And while you’re at it, why not pull up some pillows next to your coffee table and invite your best friends to enjoy a bread and cheese experience that their sure to enjoy!
My Legendary Grilled Cheese Sandwich
2 tablespoons butter
2 slices bread (your choice)
2 to 4 (1-ounce) slices cheese (your choice)
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
Melt the butter in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Place the cheese in between the bread slices.
Now this is where it gets FUN. Spread the outsides of each sandwich with mayonnaise. Mayo will help to get that buttery crunch that is required for a great grilled cheese.
Place the sandwich into the pan. Wait 30 seconds and flip the sandwich to the other side. This first 30 seconds makes sure that the top side of the bread will crisp.
Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the bottom bread is golden, about 2 minutes more. Flip one last time and cover the sandwich with either the lid of the pan or a piece of aluminum foil. Cook until the cheese is melting, and the bottom of the bread is golden brown.
Transfer the sandwich to a plate. Keep the foil over the sandwich for 3 more minutes while the cheese settles down and then you are ready to eat!
Good old white sandwich bread and a couple of slices of American cheese are the standard for this sandwich.
While this is a great start, there are so many variations and additions for your grilled cheese sandwich, it’s hard to know where to begin.
Here are some good combos:
- All American Grilled Cheese with turkey, avocado, sliced tomato, and Swiss cheese
- Breakfast Grilled Cheese with thick sliced ham, scrambled eggs, and Gruyere cheese
- Apple Pie Grilled Cheese with bacon, sliced apples, and cheddar cheese.
Pizza Grilled Cheese with pepperoni, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, and Mozzarella cheese
- Sunday Night Grilled Cheese with left-over meatloaf, caramelized onions, and Brie cheese
- Philly Steak Grilled Cheese with thin slices of beef, sauteed bell peppers and onions and Provolone cheese
- My Mac Grilled Cheese with a spoonful of mac ‘n cheese and layers of cheddar cheese
- Buffalo Grilled Cheese with Buffalo spiced chicken, blue cheese dressing and chopped celery
Can you think of any other combos?