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The Ultimate Grilled Cheese

These gooey grilled cheese sandwiches taste great for lunch with sliced apples. And they're really fast to whip up, too. Here's how to make grilled cheese the right way. —Kathy Norris, Streator, Illinois
  • 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


  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth. Stir in the cheeses, garlic powder and seasoned salt. Spread 5 slices of bread with the cheese mixture, about 1/3 cup on each. Top with remaining bread.
  • 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.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Sharp cheddar cheese has been aged longer than regular cheddar. As cheese ages, its flavor becomes more pronounced. Using aged cheese in a recipe can add complexity and rich flavor, even to humble favorites like mac ’n’ cheese.
  • It’s usually cheaper to buy cheese in blocks rather than already shredded. So I purchase large quantities of cheddar, Monterey Jack and mozzarella, then use my food processor to shred it myself. I store the shredded cheese in the freezer so I have it when I need it. —Evelyn O. Parma, OH
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  • Nutrition Facts
    1 each: 646 calories, 50g fat (18g saturated fat), 84mg cholesterol, 885mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 16g protein.


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    • jstowellsupermom
      Dec 30, 2020

      Loved this take on grilled cheese! My normal grilled cheese is just slapping a slice of American between some white sandwich bread so this seemed super fancy to my kids! Ha! This was great. We loved the garlic addition.

    • Sandra
      Dec 14, 2020

      I made this recipe, as written, today. My husband and grown son loved the sandwiches. I enjoyed it too. Very creamy and it seemed quick to melt. I'll make this again.

    • Blaze
      Dec 5, 2020

      4 stars. It tasted really good although the spices gave it a bit of a strong flavor. Should be noted that the cooking times can vary slightly, depending on how hot the skillet gets. It's a little messy and won't look much like the image but it will still be great!

    • hkarow9713
      Nov 13, 2020

      This was the best "adult" grilled cheese I've ever had. The flavor and creaminess that the mayo and cream cheese add is just perfect. Would highly recommend!

    • Kenneth
      Sep 9, 2020

      I made this recipe exactly as written. No reason what so ever to change a thing. It was creamy and delicious! I did add a couple of slice of tomato and that took it over the top. Definitely a keeper!

    • Judie
      Aug 20, 2020

      I made 1/3 recipe for 2, which yielded filling for 2 1/2 sandwiches. I used large sourdough slices and thought the amount of filling was perfect. Great way to use a small amount of cream cheese lurking in the fridge. I used Cabot Extra-Sharp, lowfat shredded mozzarella, and Neufchatel. Next time I will spread the outsides with a thin layer of mayonnaise since grilled cheese sandwiches brown more evenly than with it butter that tends to soak in some parts but not others. Although fattening the sandwich is not as caloric as grilled cheese with bacon, 5 kinds of cheese, and avocado. I love the idea of grating the cheese and mixing all together, as that makes it easier to assemble. This is my second time to make this. A keeper!

    • grant
      Jun 10, 2020

      3/4 Cup of mayo for the filling.... Yeiks. How can I add more fat to a grilled cheese without adding more cheese? I get it. More like a dip that you dont have to re-dip

    • dschultz01
      Feb 4, 2019

      This ended up way too messy, and I didn't care for the taste or texture. I will stick to putting only cheese on a grilled cheese sandwich and no longer mixing with the mayo and cream cheese.

    • Jennifer
      Jan 21, 2019

      No comment left

    • TNbluffbaker
      Jul 28, 2018

      We didn't care for the cream cheese and mayonnaise in our sandwich. Also thought it could use a couple of more kinds of cheese to make it a really cheesy grilled cheese sandwich.