Beyond the Norm: 6 of the Best Grilled Cheese Recipes on the Web

Thinkstock/iStockphotoThinkstock/iStockphotoChips and Guacamole Grilled Cheese Recipe


In this recipe, tortilla chips are on the outside of the bread to give the sandwich its corn-like flavor and to give you the ability to enjoy all the flavors - guacamole, bacon, cheeses, and corn chips - all at once.

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Apple Grilled Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Fontina Recipe

This recipe hails from Vintana restaurant in San Diego, Calif., and pairs the likely combination of apples and nutty cheese for a unique and exciting grilled cheese.

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Miniature Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Orange Marmalade Recipe

This recipe uses Blue Moon's Belgian White to the best of its ability, using it to create a tangy, fresh orange marmalade that you'll eventually spread onto some bread with cheese to create a gooey grilled cheese.

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Bacon and Jarlsberg Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe

Making a grilled cheese sandwich doesn't have to be a complicated affair. Find a cheese that melts well (Jarlsberg); find some bread you like that will work on a griddle, grill, or hot pan (so… maybe not challah); and maybe some toppings that you like (bacon) but not too many, and you're all set. It's not rocket science, which is why it's the savior of so many folks who have had a little too much fun on their night out with friends.

OK, not everyone has Jarlsberg sitting around in their refrigerator all the time. But you get the point. There are only three ingredients in this recipe, but it does get a bit clever, using the bacon fat to flavor up the bread.

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Grilled Pepper Jack Cheese with Green Tomatoes and Bacon Recipe

Growing up, there was one comfort food that never failed in my family. Late nights, hard decisions, rainy days, and bad days were all met with the hearty and delcious grilled cheese with tomatoes. For my brothers, or for a really special day, my mom would throw in bacon, or switch up the selection of tomatoes (and for my youngest brother, take out the tomatoes completely). This sandwich became a staple, and now for me, acts as my little home away from home. Super-easy, relatively quick, and with just a few ingredients, grilled cheese with tomatoes (and bacon) never fails.

In this recipe, I've made a few changes, adding pepper jack cheese to give it a little kick (although pimento or Cheddar also work very well), and subbed in green tomatoes (which my mom would dub a very special treat). Experiment with tomato variations and mixtures, for added flavor.

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The Ultimate Grilled Cheese Recipe (pictured above)

So many people are trying to jazz up their grilled cheese recipes these days - and while I'm not hating it - I can't resist a good old-fashioned grilled cheese. I like using sourdough bread for mine because I feel it gives the perfect amount of crunch. The use of American cheese pays homage to my Kraft singles days, while the Cheddar spruces things up a bit. Don't shy away from the mayonnaise either, I promise it'll taste like a regular grilled cheese, with just an extra hint of flavor and a lot more texture.

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 tablespoon butter
2 slices sourdough bread
1 ounce sharp Cheddar cheese
1 ounce shredded American cheese

DIRECTIONS

In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise and butter together. Spread the butter-mayonnaise mixture evenly on one side of each slice of bread. In another small bowl, combine the cheeses. Heat a nonstick skillet to medium high and place one slice of bread, butter-mayonnaise side down, into the skillet and top with the cheeses and the other slice of bread, butter-mayonnaise side up. Cover and cook for 2-4 minutes, until the underside of the sandwich is golden brown, and then flip. Press with a spatula to compress the sandwich, cover, and cook for 3-4 more minutes until the other side of the sandwich is golden brown as well. Press once more with the spatula, flip and cook for 1 more minute, then remove from pan. Let the sandwich cool for five minutes, then serve.

Recipe Details
Servings: 1

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-The Daily Meal