You Should Make Your Grilled Cheese with Mayo—Not Butter

The secret ingredient for a best-ever grilled cheese is... mayo!

We can all agree that everyone loves new ways to improve on old favorites. Do you know how to make a perfectly round egg for a breakfast sandwich? Or how to make pie in a Mason jar lid? Now you do!

One of the latest and greatest kitchen hacks involves upgrading your grilled cheese with one simple secret ingredient: mayonnaise.

How Do You Make a Grilled Cheese with Mayo?

The best part of many recipe tweaks is that they’re often easy and incorporate ingredients  most people already have in the house. That’s definitely the case with this. You switch out the usual butter on a grilled cheese sandwich and using mayo instead, a trick we learned on Reddit.

It’s so easy! All you have to do is coat the outside of your sandwich bread with mayonnaise before you pan-fry it, creating a crispy flavorful crust almost reminiscent of garlic bread.

secret to the best grilled cheese ever: spread mayo instead of butter on the outside of the sandwich from r/foodhacks

Sometimes food hacks seem so simple, we ask ourselves “Why didn’t we think of that?”

Of course, you can kick things up a notch by using flavored mayonnaise. Maybe garlic or basil? You could even dredge the bread in grated cheese like Parmesan or Cotija to recreate the flavor of grilled street corn.

Why Is Mayo Better for Grilled Cheese?

It might seem strange to use mayo to make a grilled cheese (or even to bake chocolate cake). But it makes perfect sense when you think about the ingredients used to make mayonnaise—that creamy texture comes from whipping egg yolks and oil. Using mayo instead of butter to make grilled cheese results in a rich, golden brown exterior, and some say the taste is even better than butter!

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Krista Garcia
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