In honor of one of the cheesiest made-up holidays, Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, we're rounding up some of the most delicious versions of this simple yet satisfying sandwich. Celebrate Grilled Cheese Day on Monday, April 12 this year by making one for yourself!
Chrissy Teigen has a lot of great recipes, and her Jalapeño Parmesan-Crusted Grilled Cheese from Cravings: Hungry for More is no exception. She spices up the humdrum bread-and-cheese combo with some sliced hot peppers. Teigen doubles down on cheese, using it on the outside and the inside. Genius!
Holly from Spend with Pennies offers more of a guide to making a good grilled cheese sandwich. One of her tips for making any variation of the classic white bread and American cheese is to use sturdy bread that can hold up to the cheese. The grilled cheese game-changer is to use low heat and cook it open-faced before adding the other slice of bread and flipping. Mind = blown.
Kathryne Taylor of Cookie & Kate also recommends starting with great bread to make her favorite grilled cheese sandwich recipe. Taylor uses lots of butter and says if you don't have softened butter handy to spread on the bread, to just melt some in the pan instead. She shreds sharp cheddar which makes for a melty inside and also finishes with a cheesy outer crust. However, she warns not to try this in a nonstick skillet and to use a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet instead, since ceramic cookware is non-toxic.
The key to Cookie & Kate's favorite grilled cheese sandwich? A light layer of Dijon mustard spread over one slice of bread. Chef's kiss!
Dijon mustard also happens to be a secret ingredient in our recipe for The Cheesiest Grilled Cheese. Our take on the cheesy classic classes things up a bit with minced garlic and thyme on sourdough bread. What makes The Cheesiest Grilled Cheese so cheesy? We use Gruyère, pepper jack, cheddar, and American cheese. Four kinds of cheese mean four kinds of ooey-gooey goodness.