The Perfect Grilled Cheese

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

2 ounces sliced melting cheese (about 2 slices), such as American, Cheddar, muenster, Havarti, Swiss, fontina, Mozzarella, Monterey jack, pepper jack, provolone

2 slices bread, such as white, rye, brioche, sourdough, potato, whole wheat, pumpernickel

1 tablespoon fat, such as mayonnaise, butter or olive, chili or coconut oil 

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  4. Great combos:
  5. 1. Pepper jack and sourdough, brushed with chili oil 
  6. 2. American and white bread, brushed with butter
  7. 3. Swiss and rye, brushed with mayo 
  8. 4. Cheddar and brioche, brushed with butter
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