10 Grilled Cheese Recipes That Will Comfort You in Times of Need

Get slumped off some next-level grilled cheese sandwiches, like a brie-and-prosciutto melt and savory Gruyere-stuffed French toast.

  • Parker Otis’ Pimento Cheese (+ Grilled Sandwiches with Bacon and Tomato). Pimento cheese is, at its core, nothing but bits of unmelted cheese, a cushion of mayonnaise, and chopped pimentos. Spread it thickly on a sandwich with juicy tomato and salty, crunchy bacon for a jaw-dropping upgrade to a grilled cheese.
  • Welsh Rarebit with Spinach. This one-sided sandwich defies traditional grilled cheese laws, but it more than proves its worth with its creamy, gooey, mustardy topping, made even better by the addition of sauteed spinach.
  • Cubano Mixto. Slices of marinated, seared pork chops, nutty Swiss cheese, slices of ham, dill pickles, and yellow mustard combine for a sandwich that is well balanced, and feels downright indulgent.
  • Ode to the Caseus Cheese Truck. We tend to think of grilled cheese as comfort food at its simplest, but the little touches here—a few sage leaves, a grating of Parmigiano-Reggiano, a dollop of grainy Dijon and a garnish of bright little cornichons—add up to a very sophisticated treat.
  • Patty Melt. Okay, so maybe this is closer to a cheeseburger than a grilled cheese. But this combination of burger meat seasoned with mustard and Worcestershire, then topped with sliced Gruyere and sauteed mushrooms and onions is so incredible that we had to include it.
  • Brie and Prosciutto Melt. Buttery brioche with oozing melted brie and salty prosciutto sandwiched in between is so necessary.
  • Prosciutto and Fontina Panini with Arugula Pesto. Garlicky, nutty arugula pesto and pickled shallots add depth and brightness to rich fontina and salty prosciutto.
  • Apricot Chutney Ham and Cheese with Spiced Caramel Crust. Layer cinnamon sugar toast with goat cheese, ham, and a doctored-up apricot chutney, then brown it in a skillet until golden and gooey. The sweet, salty, savory, and creamy in this sandwich all come together perfectly, with just the right amount of crunch and ooze.
  • Savory Gruyere Stuffed French Toast. A savory French toast, seared and topped with sauteed mushrooms. Cut it open to reveal an oozy, gooey, Gruyere-y interior.
  • Grilled Aged Cheddar Cheese Sandwich with Pistachio Sage Pesto. Sharp aged cheddar is the perfect contrast to a bright, creative take on pesto.

Don’t get us wrong: a slice of American cheese melted between two slice of buttered, browned Wonder bread is tasty. But, don’t let the traditional ideas of grilled cheese put a ceiling on your grilled cheese experiences. When it comes down to it, the base of a grilled cheese—buttery, crispy bread and gooey cheese—is a blank canvas for all kinds of inspiration. Add some prosciutto. Some pesto. Maybe some fruit. Slices of bacon. Juicy tomatoes. The list is endless. To help you out, we have compiled a list of 10 essential grilled cheese recipes, from a brie and prosciutto melt to a sandwich with apricot chutney and a caramel crust, that will forever change the way you eat grilled cheese.

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