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The Ultimate Grilled Cheese Recipe

The Ultimate Grilled Cheese Recipe

These gooey grilled cheese sandwiches taste great for lunch with sliced apples. And they're really fast to whip up, too. —Kathy Norris, Streator, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for The Ultimate Grilled Cheese

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jamasalge User ID: 5295273 260404
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2017

"Just ok. Way too much mayo taste for us. Inspiration for trying different cheese blends for grilled cheese though."

Mary User ID: 1092623 260336
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2017

"Both my daughter and I thought this looked delicous. She tried it and said she didn't like the overwhelming mayonnaise taste, couldn't taste the cheese. I tried it and we agreed with her. Both of us are tossing this recipe. BTW, it isn't even worth 1 star."

KookieB User ID: 8859340 260104
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2017

"Way too rich and fat laden. Stroke on a plate. Family didn't care for them."

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."

ZenGuinn User ID: 6913461 31907
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2012

"This has been a favorite for us for a long time. It is especially good paired with a tomato-basil soup."

dgkingan User ID: 3869570 22515
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2012

"My family can't get enough of this cheesey deliciousness. Great comfort food"

hbaseley User ID: 3311639 76458
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2012

"I love cream cheese. I love mayo.

I did not love this sandwich. I really felt like the cream cheese and mayo overpowered the other cheeses and seasonings (which I did like), so I will try tweaking to my taste."

sheila69 User ID: 3113792 84790
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

"I make this grilled cheese non stop! The only changes I make is sour cream for mayo and 4ozs of cream cheese!"

mamalyga User ID: 3744698 29728
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2011

"My kids, 7, 13 & 18 devoured everything and demanded this recipe goes into regular rotation."

bubbathecat User ID: 1019912 39819
Reviewed May. 9, 2011

"This is the best grilled cheese sandwich. I have made it several times and have good reviews on it."

cmperkins8 User ID: 1078294 76731
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2011

"This has become one of my family's favorite Lenten meals. Making tomorrow night for the parental units and the kiddos."

Iowa_cooker User ID: 942574 69178
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2011

"My family LOVES this! Sometimes I will use Texas Toast. Dip into homemade tomato soup... So good!"

mamamowe15 User ID: 4646310 72648
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2011

"Fab! The cheese mixture made a ton so I used the leftovers as dip, spread it on french bread, and froze some. Make this!!!"

SamiLou User ID: 5736772 26531
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2011

"Greatest thing ever!"

tboni00 User ID: 1841878 92116
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2010

"This receipe has become an annual after-the-Christmas parade dinner with a hearty soup."

JJCOOKE User ID: 1478112 76457
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2010

"I have been making this for years since i first found family goe's wild over it....The best grilled cheese ever..."

carrie carney User ID: 1551037 26530
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2010

"EXCELLENT. I made the cheese mixture up a day ahead of time and then spread it onto the bread just prior to cooking and it was fine. This would be outstanding with soup or chili for a heary meal. My parents loved it!"

Daisie24 User ID: 4638501 92069
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2010

"I was so excited when I read the reviews on this sandwich! Then I actually made it. Thank goodness I had real sliced cheese in the fridge. It was sooo rich, I could hardly finish my first bite. I had all this stuff left over, spent two days trying to figure out what I could turn it into...nothing. Had to throw it out. I can't hardly believe that this was a prize winning recipe. SORRY"

BJS1967 User ID: 5198776 27517
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2010

"I've also used this cheese mixture and added chunks of cooked chicken and spread it all on tortilla shells - great quesadillas - my college aged kids still request them still!"

tapool User ID: 4482742 76456
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2010

"Best grilled cheese ever, threw a slice of ham in with the cheese."

wsmith2283 User ID: 4937431 92068
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2010

"I love this recipe. Like many of the others I also have made this spread ahead and it is fantastic. I also like it cold on crackers."

211lilly User ID: 3284853 74452
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2009

"This is so good. Had a get together and served these and everyone loved them."

weeblewoman User ID: 2891560 27516
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2008

"THE best grilled cheese I have ever had!! Since it's just the two of us, we sometimes freeze the filling and use later as baked potato topping."

lindachicken__Oklahoma User ID: 227696 26528
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2008 Edited Jun. 11, 2008

"This I’ve made many, many times ~ I mix the filling ahead of time serving is a snap and always a hit, served with Tomato soup, thank you!"

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