4 Ways to Take Grilled Cheese to the Next Level
Cheese coaxed with heat to a state of ooziness and embraced by slices of toasty bread is no ordinary meal. Meet the sophisticated grilled cheese sandwiches you never knew you always wanted.
It's a triple threat: smoky (thanks to the Gouda), tart (hello, balsamic vinegar) and marvelously crispy. Its creator, Daphne Oz, slathers the bread with mayonnaise instead of butter, "which gives an insanely crunchy, golden brown crust to the bread, with the faintest hint of sweetness."
Get the recipe: Gouda Cheese with Balsamic, Onion and Pear
A deft melding of creamy Fontina with bracing olives and preserved lemon makes this a hearty standout (the ham and fried egg don't hurt, either).
Get the recipe: Fontina Cheese with Asparagus, Ham, Preserved Lemon and Egg
Imagine taking all the great things about Southern food and putting them in one sweet, salty package, and you'll have an idea of the multitudes this sandwich contains. Actually, don't imagine it—just make it. Quick.
Get the recipe: Pimento Cheese with Bacon and Pepper Jelly
Grilled cheese is all about balancing textures and flavors. Which makes this stunner, from chef Hugh Acheson, just about perfect. It's a symphony of crunch and sweetness bound by a melty, nutty cheese.
Get the recipe: Comté Cheese with Spinach, Almonds and Raisins