Here's a Great Reason to Eat Grilled Cheese All Month Long

Not that you need one, really.

April is National Grilled Cheese Month, and we can't think of a comfort food more deserving of it's own month-long celebration. Grilled cheese has nothing to hide — it knows all you really want to eat is cheese and bread in all their golden, melty glory and it's not gonna judge you for it.

A truly satisfying grilled cheese doesn’t require fancy ingredients, but there are so many ways to upgrade and perfect your technique. Try these recipes and celebrate this month to the fullest (or untill you're fullest...).

"You are perfect just the way you are, don’t change a thing." I’m pretty sure that’s what Jeff Mauro said to this quintessential version of the sandwich. I mean, look at it.

Tomato soup and grilled cheese go together as perfectly  as Ina and Jeffrey Garten. (Who are we kidding? Almost as perfectly.) Ina obviously knows a perfect match when she sees one, and so she created Gruyere grilled cheese croutons that nestle charmingly into the warm bowl of soup.

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Start your day the grilled-cheese way! Cream cheese swirled with jam creates a sweet center that oozes out from between crispy, buttery waffles.

Food Network Kitchen’s Giant Grilled Cheese for a Crowd for One-Off Recipes, as seen on Food Network.

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Everyone "loaves" an easy dish to serve to a crowd — especially one that is filled with three types of cheese! This giant sandwich gets its golden exterior from an surprising condiment that you "mayo" guessed by now. (We know! We're cheesy — but so is this dish!)

Food Network's Hot Soppressata and Provolone Grilled Cheese

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

The saltiness of the soppressata and sweetness of the fig jam create a balanced sandwich that is far from your average grilled cheese. While prepping this meal, mix the cured meat and cheese together so every bite is a perfect one.

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Even without meat, this Giada de Laurentiis sandwich is hearty and savory. Zucchini and eggplant are cooked ever-so slightly prior to assembly. This ensures that the veggies are nice and tender when you bite into the earthy, veggie-stuffed sandwich.

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

There’s a reason grilled cheese is a standby for college students. It’s simple, cheap and some mornings (afternoons?) all you want are carbs. This grilled cheese has an egg nestled into the center — life-changing.

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This double-decker grilled cheese takes it up a level — literally. Truffle oil, fresh figs and Brie cheese meld together in this decadent, double-stacked sandwich. Who says a grilled cheese can’t be fancy and over-the-top?

OK, you'll have to take a trip to Los Angeles for this one, but if there was ever a month to take grilled cheese-themed road trip this is the one! Milk Tavern boasts this truly vibrant rainbow sandwich that will impress all of your Instagram fans.

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