Grilled cheese should not be boring!

Do this–open your cheese drawer, shred up whatever’s left, and match it to some add-ins, and you’ve got an amazing dinner. Add a bowl of soup to the side–especially soups you make and freeze ahead–and you’ve got a full-on gourmet meal on the table for pennies.

The Greatest Grilled Cheese

  • Servings: flexible
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • Cheese
  • add-ins
  • bread
  • butter or olive oil
  1. Butter a cast-iron pan.
  2. Layer the bottom of your bread on the bottom. Add on cheese and mix ins.
  3. Layer on your add ins
  4. Top with the second piece of bread.
  5. Melt cheese completely, and brown the bread.
  • Mix up the breads: Pumpernickel, rye, white, potato, sourdough.
  • Make a dessert grilled cheese with cream cheese and jam.
  • Recreate your favorite flavors… in a grilled cheese!
  • Bleu cheese, sautéd mushrooms, caramelized onions
  • Tomato & mozzarella
  • Tomato & basil with garlic and mozzarella
  • onions, cilantro, cheddar, tomato
  • brie & tomato
  • good old American cheese on white bread
  • pastrami, swiss, sauerkraut

PRO TIP: Low and slow’s the key to this.  Make a panini by putting a weight on top and squashing it. I use another cast iron pan. If you make a panini and are a chef, you can charge double. It’s not “just a grilled cheese” anymore.

COST: $–$$ This depends entirely on the cheeses, breads, and add-ins you use. I can make a grilled cheese for twenty cents or a really hard-core version for a million.

GLUTEN FREE: You can do this by sourcing gluten-free bread.

VEGETARIAN: Yes, with veggie ingredients.

VEGAN: Use olive oil to grease the pan and brown the sandwich and use vegan cheese.

KETO: Surprisingly, yes. Do this two ways. I have done this by making banting breadand using keto-friendly mixins. Or, if you’re really thinking out of the box: bread and fry slices of zucchini or eggplant. Then, put the cheese and mixins in there. GENIUS!

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