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

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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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Skyhook Skyhook

A "grilled cheese" is buttered bread, and cheese.



What your list consists of is "melts", which are just hot sandwiches with melted cheese.



There's the "patty melt", which is a hamburger patty, with melted cheese.



It's not like these are newly invented items.



Lately, someone just declares an old item cool again, and everyone else goes along with it.

jagam... jagamama0710

Geez, party pooper up there. ^^^


I like mozzarella with pesto (on the inside) on sourdough. Yum yum yum. Dip it in tomato soup? Even better.

Skyhook Skyhook

@jagamama - The sandwich is literally called a "grilled cheese". If I ask for a "grilled cheese", I'm not expecting other crap in it.



I'm sorry that I ruined your party.

nonmember avatar jenn

I agree with skyhook a grilled cheese is just bread and cheese anything else and its not a grilled cheese.

nonmember avatar liamia

I don't really care what they're called, these sound great! I'm trying the one with the apples, jagamama's pesto idea also sounds good! Grilled Cheese or Melt, you can't go wrong with melty cheese!

nonmember avatar Kat

"Melts" and "grilled cheese" are interchangeable. Melt is just a more specific way of saying that there's something other than the cheese on it, but it's still a grilled cheese. Stop being jerks and enjoy the article. Sheesh.

My favorite is tomato and provolone on wheat! I also like to toast pepperjack and mozzarella on bread then add tomato and a little bit of lite mayo! YUM.

nonmember avatar Melt

Just call it what it is. It's not a fancy grilled cheese, its a damn melt. Recognize me for who I am!

femal... femaleMIKE

i love grilled cheese sandwiches.  The best I ever made was by toasting my bread, spreading butter and cutting up cabot extra sharp cheese very thick.  It was so delicious. It wasn't totally melted but I love the taste of cheese.  I guess this isn't really grilled cheese then, its toasted bread with cheese in between.

femal... femaleMIKE

I have to agree with Skyhook, those aren't really grilled cheese sandwiches.

jagam... jagamama0710

If you want to get really technical, since most of you apparently do. A real grilled cheese would be just a piece of cheese...put on a grill... :) 


It's kind of silly to get finicky over what someone calls a sandwich. lol 

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