Kids love classic grilled cheese for lunch, but just by adding a few creative ingredients, it can also be a quick and easy dinner. Here are my four favorite ways to jazz up a grilled cheese sandwich:
1. Cheese, apples, and honey: Layer cheddar cheese, sliced Granny Smith apples, and a drizzle of honey in between two slices of buttered bread. Grill in skillet or under broiler until golden brown.
2. Pizza-style: Make an Italian-inspired grilled cheese with tomato sauce, melted mozzarella cheese, and your kids' favorite pizza toppings (shredded pepperoni slices, sliced black olives, etc.).
3. BLT (without the "L"): Add crispy bacon and tomato slices to a classic grilled American cheese sandwich. Yum!
4. Monte Cristo: Assemble sandwiches with cheese, sliced deli meat (ham or turkey), and mustard or mayo. Beat 2 eggs with 1/2 cup milk. Dip sandwiches in egg mixture and fry in hot skillet until golden.
Want a healthier version of grilled cheese? Toast two slices of bread in the toaster. Cover one toasted slice with cheese and other toppings; top with remaining slice; wrap sandwich in paper towel and microwave for 20-30 second on half-power until cheese is melted. It's not nearly as satisfying as the buttered version made in the skillet or broiler; but it has way less fat.
How do you make grilled cheese?