The Best Ever Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe

The Best Ever Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe
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The Best Ever Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe

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Spreading a mixture of mayo & butter on the bread creates a delightfully crispy crust with the well-loved, wonderful flavor of butter one expects on a grilled cheese sandwich.—Josh Rink, Taste of Home Food Stylist
MAKES:
4 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep Time: 12 minutes, Cook Time:
MAKES:
4 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep Time: 12 minutes, Cook Time:

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened, divided
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons finely shredded Manchego or Parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 8 slices sourdough bread
  • 4 ounces Brie cheese, rind removed and sliced
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Gruyere cheese

Directions

Spread 3 tablespoons butter on one side of each slice of bread. Place bread, butter side down, in a large skillet or electric griddle over medium-low heat until golden brown, 2-3 minutes; remove. In a small bowl, combine cheddar, Monterey Jack and Gruyere. In another bowl, mix together remaining 3 tablespoons butter, mayonnaise, Manchego cheese and onion powder.
To assemble sandwiches, top toasted side of 4 bread slices with sliced brie. Sprinkle cheddar cheese mixture evenly over brie. Top with remaining bread slices, toasted side facing inwards. Spread the butter-mayonnaise mixture on the outsides of each sandwich. Place in same skillet and cook until golden brown and cheese is melted, 5-6 minutes on each side. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings

Test Kitchen tips
  • Even though it creates an extra step, toasting the bread on both sides makes a big difference!
  • Do you love those crunchy, crispy bits of cheese that fall out of the sandwich and caramelize on the pan? Adding a small amount of a dry aged cheese, such as Manchego or Parmesan, to the butter & mayonnaise mixture will give you a similar result.
  • If you're feeling nostalgic for grilled cheese on soft white bread, create a grown-up version using challah or brioche.
  • To fancy it up, try adding Gentlemen's Whiskey Bacon Jam to your grilled cheese. You won't be sorry!
  • Originally published as The Best Ever Grilled Cheese Sandwich in Taste of Home September/October 2018

    Nutritional Facts

    1 sandwich: 659 calories, 49g fat (27g saturated fat), 122mg cholesterol, 1017mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein.

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    • 6 tablespoons butter, softened, divided
    • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
    • 3 tablespoons finely shredded Manchego or Parmesan cheese
    • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
    • 8 slices sourdough bread
    • 4 ounces Brie cheese, rind removed and sliced
    • 1/2 cup shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
    • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
    • 1/2 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
    1. Spread 3 tablespoons butter on one side of each slice of bread. Place bread, butter side down, in a large skillet or electric griddle over medium-low heat until golden brown, 2-3 minutes; remove. In a small bowl, combine cheddar, Monterey Jack and Gruyere. In another bowl, mix together remaining 3 tablespoons butter, mayonnaise, Manchego cheese and onion powder.
    2. To assemble sandwiches, top toasted side of 4 bread slices with sliced brie. Sprinkle cheddar cheese mixture evenly over brie. Top with remaining bread slices, toasted side facing inwards. Spread the butter-mayonnaise mixture on the outsides of each sandwich. Place in same skillet and cook until golden brown and cheese is melted, 5-6 minutes on each side. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings

    Test Kitchen tips
  • Even though it creates an extra step, toasting the bread on both sides makes a big difference!
  • Do you love those crunchy, crispy bits of cheese that fall out of the sandwich and caramelize on the pan? Adding a small amount of a dry aged cheese, such as Manchego or Parmesan, to the butter & mayonnaise mixture will give you a similar result.
  • If you're feeling nostalgic for grilled cheese on soft white bread, create a grown-up version using challah or brioche.
  • To fancy it up, try adding Gentlemen's Whiskey Bacon Jam to your grilled cheese. You won't be sorry!
  • Originally published as The Best Ever Grilled Cheese Sandwich in Taste of Home September/October 2018

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