What is the best cheese for a grilled cheese sandwich?
Any cheese that you like, of course. That being said, some types of cheese do melt better than others and have a flavor that makes a grilled cheese sandwich extra delicious. The grilled cheese sandwich recipes below suggest a few different types of cheese to try.
Tips for Making the Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- Keep the heat low so the bread becomes brown and crispy but doesn't burn before the cheese melts
- Pressing down on the sandwich as it cooks helps the bread brown
- Adding a lid to the skillet for a few minutes at the end can help the cheese melt
- The bread slices shouldn't be much more than 1/2" thick
- Don't be stingy with the amount of butter or olive oil used to coat the bread
- Grated cheese melts faster than cheese slices
Cheddar & Cilantro Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Photo by J. Meier
Whether you use a less expensive brand of Cheddar or handmade farmhouse Cheddar, this is a cheese that always makes a great sandwich. Kids and adults both love Cheddar and you can add almost anything else that you like to the sandwich. Cheddar pairs well with everything from bacon and grilled onions to avocado or apple slices.
Smoked Mozzarella and Tomato Sandwich. Photo by J. Meier
This mild cheese can be paired with bold flavors like pesto and spicy arugula or you can stick with the simple but delicious flavors of traditional caprese: mozzarella, basil and tomato
Photo by Jennifer Meier
This sheeps' milk cheese from Spain has a rich flavor and texture without being too strong. In sandwiches, it pairs well with fresh or cured ham (like serrano
), fruit spreads (like quince paste
) and vegetables.
Rueben Sandwich. Photo by Jennifer Meier
The sharp nuttiness and savory meatiness of Gruyere cheese are just as pronounced when the cheese is melted, making Gruyere a highly flavorful cheese for sandwiches. It pairs well with sauteed onions or other cooked vegetables, sliced meat and eggs.
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