Grilled Cheese, Please

Food Network Magazine created 10 new twists on everyone's favorite sandwich, starting with the bread.

Photo By: Levi Brown

Photo By: Levi Brown

Photo By: Levi Brown

Photo By: Levi Brown

Photo By: Levi Brown

Photo By: Levi Brown

Photo By: Levi Brown

Photo By: Levi Brown

Photo By: Levi Brown

Photo By: Levi Brown

Pizza Grilled Cheese

Spread tomato sauce on 1 slice sourdough bread. Top with shredded mozzarella, grated Parmesan, a few basil leaves and 1 more slice sourdough. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add the sandwich and cook until golden brown and the cheese melts, 3 to 4 minutes per side, adding more butter when you flip if needed.

Raisin-Walnut Grilled Cheese

Combine equal parts softened cream cheese and goat cheese with chopped walnuts and a splash of maple syrup. Sandwich 2 tablespoons of the cheese mixture between 2 slices cinnamon-raisin bread. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add the sandwich and cook until golden brown and the cheese melts, 2 to 3 minutes per side, adding more butter when you flip if needed.

Parisian Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Split a croissant; spread dijonnaise on the cut sides. Sandwich with 1 slice Muenster, 1 slice ham and 1 more slice Muenster. Butter the outside of the sandwich. Preheat a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat; add the sandwich and top with another skillet. Cook until golden brown and the cheese melts, about 3 minutes per side.

Italian Grilled Cheese

Split a hero roll; sandwich with 1 slice provolone, 4 thin slices soppressata or salami, some chopped hot cherry peppers and 1 more slice provolone. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat; add the sandwich and top with another skillet. Cook until golden brown and the cheese melts, 3 to 4 minutes per side.

Brie and Apricot Grilled Cheese

Spread apricot preserves on 2 slices brioche. Sandwich with Brie. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add the sandwich and cook until golden brown and the cheese melts, 3 to 4 minutes per side, adding more butter when you flip if needed.

Tex-Mex Grilled Cheese

Split a kaiser roll; sandwich with shredded Mexican cheese blend and sliced pickled jalapenos. Butter the outside of the sandwich. Preheat a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, add the sandwich and top with another skillet. Cook until golden brown and the cheese melts, 3 to 4 minutes per side.

Pastrami Grilled Cheese

Spread brown mustard on 2 slices rye bread. Sandwich with 1 slice Swiss cheese, a few slices pastrami, some sauerkraut and 1 more slice Swiss cheese. Butter the outside of the sandwich. Preheat a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, add the sandwich and top with another skillet. Cook until golden brown and the cheese melts, 3 to 4 minutes per side.

Pesto Grilled Cheese

Split a 4-inch piece focaccia; spread pesto on the cut sides. Sandwich with fresh mozzarella and baby arugula. Preheat a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat; lightly brush with olive oil. Add the sandwich and top with a heavy skillet. Cook until golden brown and the cheese melts, 3 to 4 minutes per side.

Gruyère and Thyme Grilled Cheese

Split a 6-inch piece baguette; sandwich with shredded Gruyère and chopped thyme. Preheat a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat; lightly brush with olive oil. Add the sandwich and top with a heavy skillet. Cook until golden brown and the cheese melts, 3 to 4 minutes per side.

Jeff Mauro's French Onion Grilled Cheese

Food Network Magazine asked the Sandwich King himself for his go-to grilled cheese: a white-bread classic with a twist. Get the link to his recipe below.

Get the Recipe: French Onion Grilled Cheese

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