Cheese and bread, grilled. It doesn’t get simpler or more delicious than that. And while traditional grilled cheese will always have a place in our hearts, there are plenty of ways to put a fresh twist on a classic. Read on to learn eight tasty ways to make grilled cheese — and how to make your own flavor combinations.
This oregano-infused grilled cheese is a staple you’ll return to over and over. Our recipe keeps it simple with crusty, chewy multigrain bread, melty mozzarella, sweet tomatoes and just a dash of oregano. Just assemble each sandwich and broil to perfection. You can have a comforting meal on the table in just 10 minutes.
Maybe you need to use up your summer harvest, or maybe you’re dreaming of the tastes of summer ahead. Either way, this easy tomato grilled cheese deserves a slot in your meal plan. It uses three types of cheese — American, cheddar and muenster — for complex cheesy flavor, and uses zippy French's Chardonnay Dijon Mustard to play off the natural sweetness in the tomatoes. Savory, sweet, salty perfection.
If you’re the friend who carries hot sauce in their bag, this is the easy grilled cheese recipe for you. This recipe adds a double dose of spice, thanks to a combination of pepper jack cheese and salsa. Of course, you can adjust the fire to your liking by mixing up the heat of the salsa. And, of course, add all the hot sauce you want.
Grilled cheese may be a childhood fave, but that doesn’t mean it can’t taste grown up. The combination of mild, creamy brie and sweet fig jam make for a decidedly luxurious take on grilled cheese, while a dash of earthy rosemary adds even more complexity. We won’t say it’s fancy dinner party fare — but it’s not far off, either.
Can’t get enough sweet and savory? Try combining maple syrup, apple and sharp cheddar for an easy grilled cheese with an autumnal twist. A dash of McCormick Apple Pie Spice brings the flavor over the top, with warming cloves and cinnamon to help keep you cozy. The sweet ingredients call for a bolder cheese, so use the sharpest cheddar you can find.
Pizza makes everything better. And, yes, that includes grilled cheese! This simple recipe combines two childhood favorites into one unforgettable sandwich. You’ve got savory pepperoni, plenty of mozzarella, and McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning for Italian-inspired flavor. Serve this the next time the kids can’t agree on what to have for dinner, and you’ll make everyone happy.
Cinnamon and grilled cheese may seem like an unexpected combination. But once you try this easy grilled cheese recipe, you’ll be a convert. This grilled cheese recipe triples down on sweetness, subbing out traditionally-savory cheddar for vanilla-flavored whipped cream cheese. It also gets a burst of sweet-tart fruity flavor from strawberry jam — and, of course, plenty of natural sweetness from cinnamon raisin bread.
If takeout-inspired cooking is more your thing, give cheesesteak-stuffed grilled cheese a try. It’s intensely savory and hearty, with tender seasoned flank steak, smoky peppers and onions, and three types of cheese. With 35 minutes of prep and cook time, this takes a bit longer to make than traditional grilled cheese. But trust us, it’s well worth the effort.
Make Your Own Grilled Cheese Flavor Creations
There are endless combinations of bread, cheese and toppings. So once you’ve tried the grilled cheese recipes on this list, consider inventing your own. Here are a few more combinations to get you started:
Veggie grilled cheese: Ciabatta, provolone, Grilled Vegetable Antipasto
BBQ bacon grilled cheese: Italian bread, smoked cheddar, Stubb’s Bacon Jam.
Festive grilled cheese: Multigrain, sharp white cheddar, Cranberry Sauce.
Pulled pork grilled cheese: Sourdough, pepper jack cheese, BBQ Pulled Pork in the Slow Cooker.
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