The Ultimate Grilled Cheese Recipe
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The Ultimate Grilled Cheese Recipe

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These gooey grilled cheese sandwiches, subtly seasoned with garlic, taste great for lunch with sliced apples. And they're really fast to whip up, too. To save seconds, I soften the cream cheese in the microwave, then blend it with the rest of the ingredients in the same bowl. That makes cleanup a breeze. —Kathy Norris, Streator, Illinois
Featured In: Your January Meal Plan
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 10 slices Italian bread (1/2 inch thick)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 646 calories, 50g fat (18g saturated fat), 84mg cholesterol, 885mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 16g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth. Stir in the cheeses, garlic powder and seasoned salt. Spread five slices of bread with the cheese mixture, about 1/3 cup on each. Top with remaining bread.
  2. Butter the outsides of sandwiches. In a skillet over medium heat, toast sandwiches for 4-5 minutes on each side or until bread is lightly browned and cheese is melted. Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as The Ultimate Grilled Cheese in Quick Cooking March/April 2000, p27

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TNbluffbaker User ID: 46423 256181
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2016

"My sons love this version of grilled cheese. I like to add a couple of slices of cooked bacon to the sandwich."

krysfielder User ID: 5728656 243317
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2016

"The kids and I LOVE this! I don't buy italian bread, instead I use the cheap white bread and it is still soooo good! I also sometimes use shredded italian cheese blend instead of plain mozzarella."

Jan1vikequeen User ID: 8392385 227059
Reviewed May. 27, 2015

"I can't wait to try this recipe but I have a question. Do I use miracle whip or real Mayo?"

gunslinger User ID: 544392 223479
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2015

"A good deliciously different grilled cheese. I think it would also be good to make it hardier by adding ham!"

wefarm2live User ID: 2555499 74459
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2014

"These were so delicious! I made them on a whim so I only had regular white bread and they were still wonderful!"

hevnbndmum User ID: 1650999 27519
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2014

"The whole family loves it. I just use a little less mayo."

tstreich User ID: 1042559 69179
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2013

"This was too rich for my taste. The mayo overwhelmed the flavor and I guess that's not what I want to taste in a grilled cheese. Maybe reducing or using sour cream would be better. For as much filling as this made, I could have easily doubled the amount of bread. The sandwiches were so overstuffed, maybe it was the size of my loaf, but that could be another reason they seemed too rich for me. But I love the idea of cream cheese and multiple cheeses for a grilled cheese."

angieherzberger User ID: 5719645 74454
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2013

"Sooo good! My whole family has loved it for years."

Motorhomegal User ID: 2005041 26536
Reviewed May. 16, 2013

"ukfan, just a heads 8 oz. package of shredded cheese is considered 2 cups volumewise, 8 oz. by weight.  Check your package.  I think this is were your confusion comes in.  A cup of marshmallows wouldn't weigh NEARLY what a cup of molten steel would, but they would BOTH measure ONE CUP.

ukfan1231 User ID: 7263722 76733
Reviewed May. 16, 2013

"just a heads up...1 cup is 8oz, not 4oz. so do you use 1 cup or 4oz??"

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