1. MAKE IT IN A PANINI PRESS
Making your grilled cheese on the stovetop may be the traditional approach, but a panini press perfectly melts cheese and toasts bread without any extra butter or oil. Not to mention, the lines that a press leaves make your sandwich look extra gourmet.
2. DRIZZLE ON SOME TRUFFLE OIL
Pouring the smallest amount of truffle oil onto your grilled cheese instantly makes it a five star meal. You only need a little bit of this luxury ingredient for amazing results.
3. SWAP OUT BUTTER FOR MAYONNAISE
Mayo doesn't just belong in egg salad and on dry sandwiches. By coating the outside (and inside if you like) of your bread with mayonnaise before cooking, your grilled cheese will come out perfectly browned and delightfully tangy.
4. ADD SOME FRUIT AND VEGETABLES
The grilled cheese is a simple sandwich at its core, but don't be afraid of adding fresh fruit like apples, pears, and avocados, or savory vegetables like broccoli and spinach, to mix things up.
5. SHRED THE CHEESE
If the cheese you use on your sandwich comes in a block, slicing and placing it on the bread simply won't do. For guaranteed melting, shred the cheese before grilling.
6. ADD SOME FRICO
Cheese is supposed to be on the inside of a grilled cheese, right? Think again. Frico are delicate, crispy disks of melted cheese that are made traditionally with parmesan, but can also be made of other hard cheeses like cheddar. Simply grease a skillet, sprinkle on some shredded cheese, and place your buttered grilled cheese sandwich on top of the shredded cheese. As your sandwich grills, the cheese in the skillet will get crispy and attach to the outside of the sandwich. Repeat with the other side of the sandwich.
7. MIX UP YOUR CHEESES
Though there may be a simplistic beauty to a Kraft single, feel free to experiment with different cheese types and textures. Mozzarella makes a classic Italian sandwich, while Brie adds a more decadent taste. Mix and match your favorites, like Gruyère, Gouda, and more.
8. MAKE IT SWEET
Cheese may be on the savory side of the spectrum, but don't underestimate the difference a schmear of Nutella, a drizzle of honey, or a pinch of chopped chocolate can do.
9. TOAST BOTH SIDES OF THE BREAD
Before grilling your sandwich, toast the inside of the bread to make for an even crispier texture.
10. MAKE IT A MAC AND CHEESE GRILLED CHEESE
If a perfect sandwich exists, this may just be it.
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