How to Make the Perfect Grilled Cheese Slideshow

How to Make the Perfect Grilled Cheese Slideshow

Cheeses That Melt but Don’t Become Stretchy


If you’re one of those people who can't stand the hanging cheese from your bread, cheeses such as blue cheese will dissolve into creaminess without making a mess. Here are some more cheeses that don’t become stretchy:

Blue Cheese

Brie

Camembert

Fromage Blanc (cow's milk cheese similar in texture to fresh goat or ricotta)

Fresh Goat Cheese

Reblochon

Taleggio

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Cheeses That Melt but Don’t Become Stretchy

The Californian


This grilled cheese recipe from Werlin pays homage to her Californian roots with raisins and walnuts. 

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The Californian

Flavor the Bread NOT the Pan


Spread butter or oil on the bread as opposed to coating your pan. This will ensure that the bread soaks up the butter or oil in an even way and you won't have blotchy dry patches of bread.

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Flavor the Bread NOT the Pan

French Mountain Glory


This grilled cheese recipe pays homage to a French mountain dish called tartiflette, and shows you that strong, stinky cheeses can be played down beautifully into a grilled cheese. 

Click here to see the French Mountain Glory Recipe

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French Mountain Glory

Dessert Grilled Cheese


Just to make sure we covered all of our bases, we tried this dessert grilled cheese that combines our favorite pair, Nutella and bananas, with the sweeter, bagel-standard cheese.

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Dessert Grilled Cheese

Easy-to-Find Melters


Cheeses such as the Cheddar pictured here are easy to find and melt incredibly well. Here’s a list of some others that’ll work just as well:

American Cheese

Asiago (Fresh)

Cheddar

Colby

Colby Jack

Fontina

Gouda

Gruyère

Havarti

Monterey Jack

Mozzarella

Provolone (NOT sharp or extra sharp)

Swiss

Velveeta

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Easy-to-Find Melters

Gruyère and Gorgonzola with Hazelnut Butter


Werlin takes the favorites of a cheese plate and slaps them into a grilled sandwich with this recipe.

Click here to see the Gruyère and Gorgonzola with Hazelnut Butter Grilled Cheese Recipe 

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Gruyère and Gorgonzola with Hazelnut Butter

Cool It


We know you’re hungry but… cool it. While Werlin knows it might test every fiber of patience in your body, she suggests you exercise restraint before eating your sandwich and let it cool for five minutes before eating it. Why? As your sandwich cools, the flavors will brighten. If the sandwich is too hot it will be mouth-searing and have little taste.

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Cool It

Chips and Guacamole Grilled Cheese


Never have we ever, thought about utilizing butter for a grilled cheese recipe in this way. We swear you’ll never think of guacamole and chips the same way again.

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Chips and Guacamole Grilled Cheese

Ratio Rationale


Werlin can’t stress the importance of ratio enough. She urges you to make sure your bread-to-cheese ratio is close to equal. Don't use bread that is too thick because it won't form the crispy, crackly texture you want.

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Ratio Rationale

Be Grateful


Werlin suggests grating your cheese as opposed to slicing it. This way the cheese will melt faster and more evenly.

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Be Grateful


We know that béchamel is a versatile sauce, but we had never thought about using it for a grilled cheese recipe until we read this one from Arthur Potts Dawson in Eat Your Vegetables.

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The Many Different Ways of Making a Grilled Cheese


In a jam? We’re not judging.

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The Many Different Ways of Making a Grilled Cheese

Cover and Cook


One of Werlin’s biggest pieces of advice is to cover the pan to ensure a crisp outcome and make sure every strand of cheese will melt.

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Cover and Cook

Pimento Grilled Cheese


Who knew pimento cheese was so simple to make? Werlin not only shares an easy shortcut, but she puts it in a grilled cheese recipe here.

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Pimento Grilled Cheese

Non-Melting but Nutty Cheese


If you’re a cheese fanatic, like many of us are, then you’ll probably want a nutty cheese (or two) in your grilled sandwich. These cheeses will get the job done for you:

Asiago (aged)

Dry Monterey Jack

Grana Padano

Mimolette (aged)

Parmigiano-Reggiano

Pecorino (aged)

Piave Vecchio

SarVecchio

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Non-Melting but Nutty Cheese

Pressing for Perfection


If you’re one of those people who likes chewing sunflower seeds just for the crunch, then you’re most likely a press person, who loves making sure that every inch of the crust of their grilled cheese is crunchy.

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Pressing for Perfection

The Ultimate Grilled Cheese


While there are various trendy and delicious grilled cheese recipes popping up everywhere, one still can't resist a basic, classic grilled cheese recipe. Here's an overall simple recipe that uses mayonnaise to infuse crunch and flavor. 

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The Ultimate Grilled Cheese

Slightly More Exotic Melters


If you want a good old-fashioned grilled cheese with a touch of sophistication, cheeses such as the raclette pictured here are a good choice. They’re authentic and somewhat hard to find, but provide you with the perfect consistency of melted cheese. Here are few more for you to look out for:

Appenzeller

Comté

Emmentaler

Mohon

Manchego (sheep's milk)

Midnight Moon (goat Gouda)

Ossau-Iraty (sheep's milk)

Pecorino (fresh)

Petit Basque (sheep's milk)

Raclette

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Slightly More Exotic Melters

Apple Grilled Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Fontina


We love apples and smoked Gouda together on a cheese plate, which is why we loved this grilled cheese recipe from Deborah Scott of Vintana restaurant in San Diego, Calif.

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Apple Grilled Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Fontina

Toasting to Save Time


Toasters are a quick fix for making a grilled cheese — with little clean up. Beware, though, because you’ll never get the same buttery and crunchy crust as you would from using a pan or a griddle.

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Toasting to Save Time