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Grilled Cheese Recipes with a Twist

Grilled cheese is a delicious food option when the months get colder, especially when accompanied by a bowl of hot soup. But while the simplicity of the recipe is part of why it’s such an easy classic, the same old combination of bread, butter, and cheese can get boring. That’s why we’ve made up a list of a few suggestions for twists on the old favorite, for you and your family to try this fall!


Classic Grilled Cheese

A basic grilled cheese is classic and fairly easy to make, requiring only a few ingredients: bread, cheese, and butter.


For a classic grilled cheese, start by heating around one tablespoon of salted butter in a non-stick pan, over medium-low heat on your stove.


Put together your sandwich, with your bread and whatever cheese you fancy (or combination of cheeses!) Some people put their butter on the exterior of the sandwich on both sides, rather than in the pan, but it’s truly up to you. 


Press your assembled sandwich together slightly, so it’s less likely to fall apart, and gently place it in your pan. You then want to cook it approximately three to five minutes on the first side, or until it’s golden brown on the bottom. The cheese should be slightly melted at this point, so the sandwich should stay together when you flip it.


Flip the sandwich over with a spatula. Add more butter to the pan if you need it, as the butter is very important for getting the golden brown bread right. Cook it around three to five more minutes again, until this side is also golden brown and the cheese inside is fully melted! 


After that, your grilled cheese is ready to eat! A favorite way to serve it is with soup, often tomato. 


However, one of the great things about grilled cheese is how customizable it is. From the type of bread and cheese, to all sorts of additional toppings you can put inside, you can really make it any way you want.


So, with no further ado, here’s some suggestions for spruced up grilled cheese for you to enjoy. 


Mushroom Swiss Grilled Cheese


For this recipe, soften some spinach and mushrooms in olive oil before you make your sandwich, with salt, pepper, and other seasoning to taste. When you’re making your grilled cheese, simply use swiss cheese, and add your mushroom and spinach mixture to it, before grilling as normal!


Egg in a Hole Grilled Cheese


Cut a circle in the center of each slice of bread you intend to use. Make this uniform by using a small empty can, or a round cookie cutter. Then, start your grilled cheese like usual, with heated butter in a non-stick pan! Add your slices of bread without assembling the sandwich or putting cheese on, and instead crack an egg into the holes. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and cook it until the bread is golden brown on the bottom, gently swirling the pan occasionally as it cooks. Flip your bread carefully, so the eggs don’t break, and add your cheese slices to the top of each slice. The cheese will begin to melt. You want this to cook, again, until the bottom side of the bread is golden brown! Finally, add your topping slices of bread to the browned bottom halves, and keep cooking until the eggs are cooked and the cheese is melted. This should only be around another additional minute. The egg should be soft enough for the yolk to break and be soaked up by your toasty bread! 


Nacho Grilled Cheese


For this twist on the original recipe, you want to use nacho cheese. That’s the part that’s the most set in stone -- other than that, there’s a lot of flexibility depending on what you like on your nachos! You want to get your cheese on the bread first, while it’s still open-faced, and then you can add your other toppings. We recommend thinly sliced rings of jalapeno, and maybe some guacamole. If you want some extra protein on your plate, you can make some seasoned ground beef beforehand in a separate pan, and put that on as well! Other options include sour cream, shredded chicken, or diced tomatoes. When all your nacho-esque toppings are added to your open sandwich, you can close it with the second slice of bread, add more butter to the pan, and just grill both sides until they’re golden brown and the cheese is melted, as usual.


We hope you enjoy some comfort food for the autumn months. Let us know your own favorite version of grilled cheese in the comments, if you have any you’d like to share!