8 Grilled Cheese Sandwiches We Can't Resist

By: Emily Lee

Melissa d'Arabian's Grilled Cheddar Cheese Sandwich On Food Network's Ten Dollar Dinners

Photo by: Tara Donne ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Tara Donne, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Melissa d'Arabian's Grilled Cheddar Cheese Sandwich On Food Network's Ten Dollar Dinners

Few sights are as mesmerizing as a gooey bridge of cheddar stretching between two halves of warm griddled bread. Indeed, the humble grilled cheese taught us early on that the best things in life are the simplest things — and that dunking every inch of cheesy, buttery sandwich in creamy tomato soup is tantamount to pleasure. “So why mess with a good thing,” you ask? Because adding bacon, heirloom tomatoes or tender greens can only enhance a grilled cheese experience. With a few creative ingredients, you can elevate the classic sandwich from childhood favorite to a comforting and satisfying main. These mouthwatering recipes prove our point.

Grilled Cheddar Cheese Sandwich

Many people will agree that firm yellow cheddar is most irresistible when melted and oozing out from between two slices of toasted bread. Melissa d’Arabian’s classic grilled cheese is sure to deliver plenty of melted goodness — and a taste of childhood nostalgia, too.

Food Network's Grilled Tomato and Cheese

Photo by: Tara Donne ©FOOD NETWORK : 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Tara Donne, FOOD NETWORK : 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Food Network's Grilled Tomato and Cheese

Grilled Tomato and Cheese

Dunking grilled cheese in tomato soup is classic, but this sandwich has thick slices of heirloom tomato grilled right in with the American cheese. Brushing the bread with cultured butter, one made with fermented cream, will add depth and a touch of sweet and tangy richness.

Food Network's Smoked Gouda and Roasted Red Pepper Grilled Gheese

Photo by: Tara Donne ©FOOD NETWORK : 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Tara Donne, FOOD NETWORK : 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Food Network's Smoked Gouda and Roasted Red Pepper Grilled Gheese

Smoked Gouda and Roasted Red Pepper Grilled Cheese

Smoked gouda, while having a wonderful and inimitable flavor, has trouble achieving that gooey, iconic cheesy stretch that makes grilled cheese sandwiches so pleasing. By adding a partner cheese with a less assertive flavor and higher melting property, like deli muenster, you can achieve both melting and flavor perfection.

Giada De Laurentiis's Mozzarella In Carrozza On Food Network's Everyday Italian

Photo by: Tara Donne ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Tara Donne, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Giada De Laurentiis's Mozzarella In Carrozza On Food Network's Everyday Italian

Mozzarella in Carrozza

Get ready for Giada’s ultimate Italian grilled cheese sandwich. Mozzarella cheese and fresh basil are layered between two slices of whole-wheat bread, dipped in beaten eggs and fried to perfection in olive oil. Served with pesto, they are deliciously rich finger food.

100211A_0145.tif

100211A_0145.tif

Anne Disrude Marina Malchin

Anne Disrude Marina Malchin

Double-Decker Truffled Grilled Cheese

This sandwich combines sweet, spicy and salty, all between two slices of bread. Brie cheese melts atop fresh, sweet figs and combines with flavors from the truffle oil and spicy Monterey Jack cheese for a bite that will satisfy all of your comfort food cravings.

Food Network's Roasted Poblano and Mushroom Grilled Cheese

Photo by: Tara Donne ©FOOD NETWORK : 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Tara Donne, FOOD NETWORK : 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Food Network's Roasted Poblano and Mushroom Grilled Cheese

Roasted Poblano and Mushroom Grilled Cheese

Roasted poblanos and melted cheese are the foundation of Mexican chile relleno. This recipe combines elements of that classic dish with the ease of a grilled cheese sandwich.

Opener_v2_0126.tif

Opener_v2_0126.tif

Photo by: Ryan Liebe ©Ryan K Liebe 2014

Ryan Liebe, Ryan K Liebe 2014

Grilled Cheese with Apple and Bacon

Tyler Florence ups the ante by adding crisp bacon to his grilled cheddar-and-apple sandwiches, but not before he spreads the bread with tangy Dijon mustard. The combination of these five ingredients creates a perfectly balanced bite that’s equal parts sweet, salty, spicy and savory.

Food Network's Maple Bacon Grilled Cheese

Photo by: Tara Donne ©FOOD NETWORK : 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Tara Donne, FOOD NETWORK : 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Food Network's Maple Bacon Grilled Cheese

Bacon, Egg and Maple Grilled Cheese

Unable to decide between breakfast and lunch? This sweet and smoky sandwich satisfies both cravings. To speed the process, heat and cook using two skillets at the same time.

Keep Reading

Next Up

6 Gooey Grilled Cheeses You Can't Live Without — Comfort Food Feast

Next time you get a hankering for the griddled goodness of an oozing grilled cheese, stack a few creative ingredients that can elevate the childhood classic to a satisfying, comforting main.

WATCH: 2 Cringe-Worthy Presentations That We Can't Unsee

Watch Monterey's and Ana's unforgettable performances on this week's episode of Food Network Star.

6 Fall Dishes We Can’t Wait to Make

We've got comfort food on the brain already.

Why We Love Cheese

Happy National Cheese Lover's Day! Find out why we love cheese, and how it can be a part of a healthy diet.

Why We Love Cottage Cheese

You might write off cottage cheese as “diet food," but it’s a true protein powerhouse and a great secret ingredient. Here are the many reasons to love it.

Can't Get Enough Butternut Squash?

Butternut squash is likely one of the most popular of the winter squash varieties. The yield is high and the uses are many.

Did You See That: Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese on Sandwich King

Jeff takes country white bread and layers it with an enormous serving of a classic, gooey, homemade mac and cheese, thick-cut smoked bacon, American cheese and tomatoes that have been soaked in hot sauce.