The classic and simple grilled cheese sandwich can be reimagined multiple ways just by changing up the bread and cheese.
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The Perfect Grilled Cheese
Total:
10 min
Active:
10 min
Yield:
1 serving
Level:
Easy
Total:
10 min
Active:
10 min
Yield:
1 serving
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Directions

Oven method (great for a crowd of six or fewer): Put a rimmed baking sheet on the middle rack of the oven and preheat to 450 degrees F. Make one sandwich per person: Sandwich 2 slices of cheese between 2 slices of bread. Spread or brush the outside of the sandwich with 1 tablespoon of fat. Place on the preheated baking sheet and cook until the cheese starts to melt, about 5 minutes. Flip the sandwich and bake until golden brown, an additional 5 minutes.

Panini press method (for crispy crunchy sandwich that needs minimal attention): Sandwich 2 slices of cheese between 2 slices of bread. Preheat a panini press to medium heat. Spread or brush the outside of the sandwich with 1 tablespoon of fat and place in the press. Close the top and cook until lightly browned and the cheese is melted, 5 to 6 minutes. 

Skillet method (fool-proof and low-tech): Sandwich 2 slices of cheese between 2 slices of bread. Preheat a skillet over medium-low heat. Spread or brush the outside of the sandwich with 1 tablespoon of fat and cook until lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip the sandwich, and continue cooking until browned and the cheese is melted, 3 to 4 minutes more.

Great combos:

1. Pepper jack and sourdough, brushed with chili oil 

2. American and white bread, brushed with butter

3. Swiss and rye, brushed with mayo 

4. Cheddar and brioche, brushed with butter

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