Grilled Cheese, Yes Please! 6 Ways to Spice Up the World’s Best Sandwich

grilled apple and cheddar cheese sandwichIs it me, or do grilled cheese sandwiches seem to be making a move into the "It" food space? They've always been strong players in the world of comfort foods, but more and more they seem to be making moves similar to the now ubiquitous cupcake.

First, they've been springing up in restaurants everywhere. Eater recently published "New York's 12 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches," which highlights amazing versions of the staple found all over the city, such as the buttermilk fried chicken grilled cheese sandwich, which contains: "lots of gooey jalapeno jack, cabbage slaw, and a dollop of the restaurant's special creamy 'melt sauce.'"

In Canada, entire grilled cheese restaurants are popping up. Some are even serving up carb-and-cheese-laden versions that are stuffed with macaroni and cheese. Oh my. I bet Takeru Kobayashi -- the guy who ate 13 grilled cheese sandwiches in one minute at SXSW this weekend -- wasn't eating those.


In honor of the great grilled cheese and its rise in the ranks of the food world, here are six fantastic twists on the traditional grilled cheese sandwich that you can make at home.

1. Cheddar and Apple Grilled Cheese With Raspberry Coulis

This version from Pithy and Cleaver is an insanely delicious mix of sweet and savory with flavor popping in each bite. Bonus health points for the fruit.

2. Grown-Up Farmhouse Grilled Cheese

With pancetta, white cheddar, and slices of heirloom tomato, it's a simple, but substantial sandwich.

3. Pesto-Crusted Grilled Cheese

The pesto adds a nice punch to this sandwich, and it also makes it perfectly green for St. Patrick's Day.

4. Italian Grilled Cheese

Courtesy of Rachel Ray, this sandwich boasts olives, spicy Italian vegetables, and provolone. Ciao!

5. Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwiches with Fig and Honey

Who needs anything else?

6. Panini With Chocolate and Brie

A dessert and dinner all in one. Yum!

What's the best grilled cheese sandwich you've ever eaten?

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