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Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich

A taste of childhood comes in the form of a cheesy, easy grilled cheese sandwich! This comfort food is super easy to create right at home.

Sliced grilled cheese sandwiches on parchment paper.

Although I grew up in a Slavic household, American foods are near and dear to my heart. My family moved to the US in my childhood so I got a well-rounded cultural experience both at home and at school. Cheese sandwiches were one of my favorite childhood treats, and to this day, I love making grilled best cheese sandwiches, for my children. Combined with a hearty, homemade tomato soup.

Good grilled cheese will have a variety of cheeses!

The perfect grilled cheese sandwich has several types of cheese, not just one. The different flavors are rich and all the cheeses melt together to create a great cheese recipe combination.

The type of bread you use depends on what flavor base you want. White bread is a common one, while multigrain or whole-grain bread can add flavor. I like to use my homemade bread recipe, but store-bought will be good too. Thin slices of bread work best with tasty and gooey cheese!

Sliced grilled cheese sandwiches on parchment paper.

So many restaurants or drive-thrus have American cheese sandwiches on their menus. And yet, the homemade version always tastes best. When you make it yourself at home, the melting combination of cheeses on the skillet, a bowl of tomato soup, and toasted bread is on a whole new level. It’s too simple!

If you’re hungry for a quick lunch, a hot sandwich will satisfy! They’re filling and too easy to make. Just grab the sandwich bread, some different cheeses, and a little bit of mayonnaise. 2-3 minutes of prep and 5 minutes to cook is all you need time-wise.

Key Ingredients

grilled cheese sandwich ingredients gouda cheese, cheddar cheese, havarti cheese, bread, and mayonnaise.

Bread is the base of almost every sandwich. A sturdy sandwich bread is best. You’ll need 8 pieces of bread to make sandwiches for 4 people in this recipe.

Mayonnaise is perfect for the outside of the bread. It makes it crunchy and perfectly smooth flavor-wise.

Cheddar cheese is sharp and flavorful.

Gouda cheese is a smooth cheese that’s rich and nutty. This cheese is the perfect type for a grilled sandwich.

Havarti cheese is the kind of cheese that tastes more buttery. A slice of Havarti can be slightly acidic but delicious.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

How to make a Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Step 1: Spread mayonnaise

Spread ½ Tbsp mayonnaise over the top side of each slice of bread.

bread slices with mayonnaise on a wooden board.

Step 2: Begin frying

Heat a skillet or frying pan over medium-low heat. Place in two slices of bread, mayonnaise side down.

Step 3: Add cheese and cook

Place 3 slices of different types of cheese slices over one slice of bread. When the bread becomes golden, close the sandwich. Cook the bread for about 5 minutes until it turns golden brown and the cheese melts.

cheese on bread in a skillet.

Step 4: Enjoy

Serve immediately.

grilled cheese sandwich on a black skillet.

Expert Tips:

  • Mayonnaise provides a crispy, golden crust without the butter. Using it provides a delightful alternative to grilled cheese sandwiches.
  •  Opt for fresh, high-quality bread. Sourdough bread, artisanal, or whole-grain can take your grilled cheese to the next level.
  • Add some extra ingredients like sliced tomatoes, bacon, or caramelized onions to create a gourmet grilled cheese.
  • Experiment with different types of cheeses, using Swiss cheese, Monterey jack cheese, or a spicy pepper jack. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top after cooking for it to melt on top!

Recipe FAQs

What goes with this grilled cheese sandwich recipe?

Pair your grilled cheese with classic tomato soup, a fresh garden salad, or a side of pickles for a delightful meal.

How to reheat a grilled cheese sandwich?

A: Grilled cheese sandwich is best reheated on a skillet, with ¼ Tablespoon of unsalted butter, on medium-low heat. 

How to pack a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch?

Wrap the prepared sandwich in parchment paper, and tuck it into your lunch box. It won’t be as crispy as when you first make it, but it shouldn’t be soggy either.

stacked grilled cheese sandwiches on a wooden board with parchment paper.

Here are some tasty dishes to go with a grilled cheese sandwich:

Cheesy recipes to try

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prepared grilled cheese sandwich sliced diagonally.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

A taste of childhood comes in the form of a cheesy, easy grilled cheese sandwich! This comfort food is super easy to create right at home.
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Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Allergy: Nut Free, Sugar Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Servings4
Calories: 520kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 slices bread, toasted
  • 4 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices gouda cheese
  • 4 slices havarti cheese

Instructions

  • Spread ½ Tbsp mayonnaise over top side of each slice of bread.
    4 Tbsp mayonnaise, 8 slices bread,
    bread slices with mayonnaise on a wooden board.
  • Heat a skillet over medium-low heat, and place two slices of bread mayonnaise side down.
    cheese on bread in a skillet.
  • Place 3 slices of different types of cheese over one slice of bread. When the bread becomes golden, close the sandwich and cook for about 5 minutes until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
    4 slices cheddar cheese, 4 slices gouda cheese, 4 slices havarti cheese
    grilled cheese sandwich on a black skillet.
  • Serve immediately.
    Sliced grilled cheese sandwiches on parchment paper.

Nutrition

Calories: 520kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 922mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 572IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 571mg | Iron: 2mg
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