While we love the cheese aisle of our grocery store, we’ll admit that it can be a little intimidating, especially when you’re trying to figure out the best cheese for a grilled cheese sandwich. Mozzarella, cheddar, and brie are all wonderfully delicious in their own regards, so it’s impossible to choose just one. It’s a good thing you don’t have to when it comes to making your favorite sandwich.
We’re open to trying out different sandwiches, but there’s no arguing that grilled cheeses are the best sandwich of all time. Who doesn’t love hot cheese layered between two slices of crusty, golden bread? No one. This sandwich will always be our number one, so it’s important that we have a bunch of different grilled cheese recipes on hand.
Believe it or not, it is in fact possible to make this sandwich even better. By choosing the right bread and the right cooking method, you can easily amp up your sandwich game. But we all know that cheese is the most important part of a grilled cheese anyway, so we’ve rounded up the best ones for you to use. These 11 cheeses will never fail you, and they’ll always be there to provide some comfort whenever you need it. Your grilled cheese just got impossibly better.
1. Goat Cheese: Strawberry, Basil, And Goat Cheese Panini
Easily adaptable for both savory and sweet, goat cheese gives Cookie and Kate's strawberry paninis the perfect touch of creaminess without going overboard.
2. Parmesan: Parmigiano And Fig Grilled Cheese
Ready to make your grilled cheese taste more grownup than ever? Break out the parmesan to make this refined sandwich by Love and Lemons.
3. Gruyere: Grilled Cheese With Bacon And Dates
Gruyere gives Five and Spice's sweet and salty grilled cheese an enticing nutty taste that's definitely a more gourmet option.
4. Cheddar: Apple Cheddar Grilled Cheese
You can't go wrong with cheddar, as I Am A Food Blog demonstrates. Just remember to shred it instead of slicing for optimal melting.
5. Monterey Jack: Hawaiian Grilled Cheese
To riff off of Hawaiian pizza, House of Yumm uses Monterey Jack for its rich flavor and smooth texture.
6. Mozzarella: Romesco And Hummus Grilled Cheese
This cheese isn't just for Caprese sandwiches. Romesco sauce, hummus, and taleggio cheese blend with soft mozzarella in Naturally Ella's savory Italian-inspired sandwich.
7. Muenster: Grilled Cheese With Baby Spinach
Paired with two slices of cheddar, Muenster cheese is a mild option for a sandwich by Marla Meridith that both kids and adults will love. Bonus: You can easily get it sliced in the deli section of your supermarket.
8. Fontina: Cheese Lovers' Grilled Cheese
This slightly sweet, aromatic cheese melts perfectly between golden slices of French bread. Averie Cooks uses it alongside mozzarella to make a gooey sandwich.
9. Brie: Smoked Turkey Brie And Apple Panini
It's a given that soft, creamy brie makes for a rich grilled cheese. It transforms this turkey sandwich by Mel's Kitchen Cafe into the ultimate comfort food.
10. Gorgonzola: Pear Gorgonzola And Brie Grilled Cheese
An unexpected option, gorgonzola adds bite to House of Yumm's gooey brie grilled cheese while complementing the juicy pear.
11. Cream Cheese: Hot Baked Nutella Cream Cheese Sandwich
Never underestimate the power of cream cheese — especially when it comes to dessert. Thanks, The Kitchn!
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Images: Cookie and Kate; Love and Lemons; Five and Spice; House of Yumm (2); Naturally Ella; Marla Meridith (2); Mel's Kitchen Cafe; The Kitchn