A Grilled Cheese Sandwich is the perfect comfort food. You really can’t beat butter, toasted bread, and melted cheese!
We love to make these sandwiches for lunch or dinner and serve them with some soup or a salad. Looking for more sandwiches? Check out our list of hot and cold sandwiches and wraps!
How to Make Grilled Cheese
For adults and kids alike, sometimes a Grilled Cheese Sandwich with a bowl of hot soup just hits the spot. I love how easy they are to make and how much you can customize your sandwich with cheese, meat, veggies, and more! In this post we will give you a step by step guide to making the perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich, as well as some fun variations to try. If you are looking for a fancy, grown up version, try our Margherita Grilled Cheese!
What Cheese is Best for Grilled Cheese?
Almost any cheese will work on a Grilled Cheese Sandwich. However, you want to stay away from cheeses that don’t melt or slice well. Avoid feta, blue cheese, goat cheese, queso blanco, and white cheddar. Additionally, avoid using pre-shredded cheese. Pre-shredded cheese is coated with a material that stops it from sticking together in the bag. Unfortunately, that material also causes it to not melt as well. It will be grainy and lumpy. So, use sliced cheese or slice your own off of a block! Some of my favorite cheeses for Grilled Cheese are:
- Sharp Cheddar
- Pepper Jack
- Monterey Jack
- Colby Jack
Make it Fancy
The recipe below is for a basic Three Cheese Grilled Cheese. If you are wanting to switch it up, try some of our other favorite combinations!
- Cheddar Bacon – sharp cheddar cheese and cooked bacon slices
- Pizza – Mozzarella, Provolone, and pepperoni slices (try dipping it in marinara sauce!)
- Pesto – Mozzarella, Fontina, and pesto spread
- Ham and Cheese – sharp cheddar cheese and sliced ham (try adding apple slices!)
If you are adding meat, make sure to put it in the middle of two cheese slices, otherwise the top slice of bread won’t stick to your sandwich.
You can, but I would suggest using some kind of oil or cooking spray on the outside of your bread. Otherwise, the outside of your bread will burn before the cheese melts. You can also use mayo instead of butter.
If you are making Grilled Cheese for a crowd, you can use a large skillet or electric griddle. You can also make them in the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 and put two baking sheets in the oven while it preheats. Make up your sandwiches and when the pans are hot, place the sandwiches on one pan and then place the other pan on top. Bake until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
The Best Soups to Serve with Grilled Cheese
- Lay out your bread and place the cheese (and other toppings if desired) onto one of the slices of bread.
- Preheat a pan on the stove top to medium heat. Place the top slice of bread onto the cheese. Butter both slices of bread on the outside and place into the heated pan.
- Cook until the bottom slice of bread is golden brown. Flip and cook until the other slice is golden brown and the cheese is melted.