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When it comes to ultimate comfort foods, few foods can warm the soul quite like a grilled cheese sandwich, prepared with love — and plenty of cheese, of course! In honour of National Grilled Cheese Day, we’ve rounded up some of the most epic and inspirational recipes from around the web that will help you step up your sandwich game big time.
A hybrid between a fajita and a grilled cheese equates to this stunning beauty. The meat is rubbed down with a dry mix and marinated with cumin, lime and chilli before being pan-fried. Then it’s generously topped with sautéed veggies and mozzarella and sandwiched between perfectly toasted sourdough bread. Totally drool worthy!
Get the recipe from Cafe Delites.
While deceivingly simple in appearance, this oozy-gooey cheese bomb is full of flavours and textures, like crunchy apple slices, peppery arugula, salty prosciutto, a touch of sweet jam and plenty of ooey gooey gouda cheese
Get the recipe from My Dish Is Bomb.
In the wise words of Heather Cristo, “sometimes you need a grilled cheese sandwich. Or two.” If it happens to be this Portobello, Gouda and Kale Pesto Grilled Cheese, we’d definitely be opting for seconds.
Get the recipe from Heather Christo.
Taylor’s hearty and delicious Green Goddess Grilled Cheese looks like the perfect way to get your daily veg. Packed with delicious green vegetables like spinach, sprouts, avocado and tomatillos and a double dose of havarti and mozzarella, it makes eating your vegetables effortless!
Get the recipe from The Girls On Bloor.
Looking for a healthier spin on a classic? This recipe is perfect for anyone who doesn’t eat meat — a completely vegan “BLT”. Brimming with healthy vegetables like kale, eggplant and tomatoes. Vegan mozzarella and thousand island dressing help give the sandwich it’s creamy, melty consistency.
Get the recipe from NeuroticMommy.
It wouldn’t be a grilled cheese round-up without including at least one made with “American cheese slices,” would it? This puppy looks like the ideal bite after a late night out. Or perhaps the morning after.
Get the recipe from Pocket Change Gourmet.
For us, a great grilled cheese is all about a balance of textures and flavours - and this large and in charge creation from Simply Delicious has us awestruck. Crispy ciabatta bread, two types of cheese and pulled pork? Sign us up!
Get the recipe from Simply Delicious.
Just as any other food blogger or busy mum could understand, Nik of A Brown Table puts it best when he says “there are times when leftovers rescue my meals.” This creation was born out of just that, and the results look absolutely incredible. Tender spiced chicken, mozzarella, bell peppers and mushrooms come together for a decidedly gourmet-spin.
Get the recipe from A Brown Table.
While purists may exclaim this is not an “authentic” grilled cheese - we’d argue it ticks all the boxes, and then some. Crispy, buttery bread? Check. Cheese? Check. Extra carbs and bacon? Check and check! What’s more, beyond being totally Instagram-worthy, this stunner looks like a creative way to use up left over mac and cheese (if there ever were such a thing).
Get the recipe from Real Food By Dad.
With all the makings of a classic Cuban sandwich, this bad boy takes an unexpected left turn and adds Swiss cheese to the mix. Slathered generously with yellow mustard and topped with ham and pulled pork, this delicious sandwich will surely have you saying “delicioso!”
Get the recipe from BS’ in the Kitchen.
When it comes to fancy grilled cheese, we think this Honey Rosemary Walnut creation deserves a spot right up front. Crafted with artisanal butter and goat cheese, this stunner includes interesting adds like crunchy walnuts, brown sugar and honey.
Get the recipe from Adventures In Cooking.
Excuse us a moment while we get lost in the ooey gooey appeal of this Almond-Sage Pesto Grilled Cheese. With irresistible gruyere cheese and a wonderful homemade pesto, this beauty was inspired by a similar version at the iconic Tartine Bakery in San Fransisco.
Get the recipe from Vanilla And Bean.
Des of Life’s Ambrosia puts it best when describing this sandwich, describing it as perfectly “melt in your mouth, roll your eyes back and say ‘mmm…cheese’ kind of good.” Pepperoni, mozzarella, sautéed bell peppers, onions and mushrooms all sandwiched between golden garlic toast? It doesn’t get much better, now does it?
Get the recipe from Life’s Ambrosia.
Snack time is our favorite time of the day, because it’s usually when we get to create some of the tastiest belly-fillers we can imagine. This deceivingly simple sandwich is easy to make and big on flavours, combining two of our favourite cheeses along with plum jam and spicy and sour pickled banana peppers.
Get the recipe from The Food Gays.
Cheryl of Tidy Mom puts her own fancy twist on grilled cheese, and we’re loving the outcome. This Turkey Bacon and Avocado Grilled Cheese is grilled until perfectly golden and gooey, loaded with fresh basil, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese on a hearty artisan bread. Where do we sign up?
Get the recipe from Tidy Mom.
Mushrooms and Swiss cheese are kinda like… peanut butter and jelly. They’re basically meant to be together. This upscale melt takes less than twenty minutes to put together, and would make a great solo meal — because something tells us you would not want to share this one.
Get the recipe from Neighbour Food Blog.
This creation is like two of our favourite things got together and made a food baby. Pizza Margherita Grilled Cheese? Absolutely brilliant! Luscious tomato sauce is spooned on to two slices of sourdough, then generously covered in slices of fresh mozzarella and basil, and finally drizzled with a touch of olive oil. You had us at hello.
Get the recipe from Cooking For Keeps.
You may need to dedicate an entire cheat day to devour this baby, but something tells us it could be well worth it! This over the top sweet-spin on grilled cheese is made with angel food cake in replacement of bread (yes, you read that correctly), then it’s loaded full of havarti, mascarpone cheese, raspberry, chocolate and almonds. Somebody call 911!
Get the recipe from Foodie Crush.
Grilled Persimmon, Ham and Cheese Sandwich with Basil [Photo: Meike Peters / Eat In My Kitchen]
For Meike Peters of Eat In My Kitchen, a well-crafted sandwich has a “focus on a few strong flavours rather than distract(ing) my taste buds with too many ingredients.” We couldn’t agree more, and think her Grilled Persimmon, Ham and Cheese Sandwich with Basil looks like the perfect balance of textures and flavours. This would be a perfect light meal anytime of day.
Get the recipe from Eat In My Kitchen.
We can’t think of a better way to celebrate spring than with melty provolone cheese, tangy goat cheese and garlicky, roasted asparagus sandwiched between two slices of bread. Can you?
Get the recipe from The Brewer and the Baker.
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