Give in to our mouthwatering variations on the classic comfort food
You can make a fantastic sandwich with just great bread, fresh butter, and your favorite cheese:
1. Butter bread slices on 1 side. Turn them over. Lay 2 cheese slices on 1 bread slice. Top with the other bread slice, buttered side up.
2. Heat a medium frying pan over medium heat. Flick a drop of water into the pan; if it sizzles and evaporates, the pan is hot enough.
3. Put sandwich, buttered side down, in pan. Let it cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden and crunchy underneath. Turn and let cook another 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden and crunchy.
Choose a cheese that melts well, such as cheddar, jack, Colby, gruyère, Swiss, fontina, provolone, or brie.
But why stop there?
This version is like a Monte Cristo ― only better. The parmesan crust is pure genius.
Recipe: Golden Gate Grilled Cheese
From Britta Glade, Orinda, CA
Make the marmalade ahead so you can whip these babies out in just a few minutes. Leftover marmalade is terrific on pork chops
and roast beef.
Recipe: Grilled Pastrami, Swiss, and Sweet Onion Marmalade on Rye
From Jennifer Brumfield, Bellingham, WA
This sandwich is also great served open faced, using toasted bread. Lynn Blair invented it one day when she was trying to
figure out what to do with leftover crab.
Recipe: Crab and Avocado Grilled Cheese on Sourdough
This sandwich was Kimberly Feltz's comfort food when she was in her 20s, living on her own. "I put all of my favorite foods
on it ― it's my 'Treat Yourself Special' grilled cheese sandwich."
Recipe: Single Girl's Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Artichokes, Tomato, and Black Olives
Gaines invented this delicious, tangy-sweet sandwich to use the plentiful apricots from his neighbor's tree, which hung over
the property line. "He told us we could have all the fruit on our side of the fence," Gaines explains.
Recipe: Grilled Fresh Mozzarella and Apricot on Sourdough
From Bill Gaines, Manteca, CA
We love how spicy this sandwich is, but if you prefer less heat, cut back on the chipotle mayo and the green chiles.
Recipe: Roast Beef and Two-Chile Grilled Cheese on Onion Rolls
From Alicia Lopez, Boise, ID
The flavors of a good a cheese plate ― salty, sweet, nutty ― mingle in this sandwich. We loved its hazelnut crust, and also
enjoyed the sandwich just as much with ripe teleme cheese from California.
Recipe: Hazelnut-crusted Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Figs
Karen Kadlec uses a slice of regular sharp cheddar and a slice of black pepper cheddar, but the second cheese isn't widely
available. If you can find it, by all means try it, but then skip the final sprinkle of black pepper.
Recipe: Tarragon Vegetable Grilled Cheese on Sourdough
Esi Impraim's inspiration: chef Thomas Keller's cheesy fried-egg BLT, featured in the 2004 movie Spanglish. Impraim's version is quite different from the original ― and just as delicious.
Recipe: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Bacon, Spinach, Tomatoes, and Fried Eggs
Charis Janda had trouble finding a restaurant that made eggplant sandwiches, so she invented this very tasty one. If you don't
have time to make the tapenade, just substitute your favorite store-bought kind.
Recipe: Grilled Eggplant and Brie Sandwiches with Olive Tapenade