How to Make a Fancy-Ass Grilled Cheese

in Sandwiches, Snacks

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I’m gonna be honest with you: there isn’t anything necessarily fancy about the ingredients in this grilled cheese (minus the brioche). This isn’t one of those grilled cheeses filled with expensive cheeses, spreads or meat like prosciutto or anything like that. This is more about the actual preparation.

Here’s why: The first time Josh and I made a grilled cheese together, I was shocked at how haphazard he was with the technique. The heat was too high, burning the bread! The cheese in the center wasn’t completely melted, and instead of butter, he used olive oil. THIS IS ALL WRONG!

Like all awesome things in life, grilled cheeses are ridiculously simple to make. And like all simple things, the details matter A LOT.

Here is a fun “how-to” on making our favorite childhood sandwich. And, as always, if you have tips on this matter that you feel passionate about, please leave them in the comments below; we’ll all benefit.

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#1: Use a mix of cheeses. Of course, this doesn’t mean they need to be fancy, no. I like a mix, though, it makes it much more interesting.

Here I used some Monterey Jack and sharp cheddar. The cheeses’ potential meltability is the most important attribute. I also love Comté, brie, funky tallegio…and if I was a baller and had money to throw around, I’d enjoy one, guilt-free, with Epoisses.

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#2: Use good bread. Ok ok, I know I just told you this is just about technique, but I believe in using good bread. I believe in the power of brioche. But you know, I don’t hate on white bread, good wheat bread or other bread. Basically, I LOVE BREAD.

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#3: Grate the cheese. This is v v v important. Grated cheese means that it’ll melt much faster than if it’s in chunks or slices.

#4: Use butter. You can smear softened butter on the outsides of the bread, if you like, but I never have softened butter around and I forget to take it out in time. Instead, I like adding a generous amount to the pan. And then, I add a bit of salt in there since I never have salted butter in the house.

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#5: Cook over medium-low to low heat. Low and slow! It gets beautifully golden brown on both sides and the cheese gets super melty. I also like covering the skillet to ensure meltiness.

Drink with beer. Eat with tomato soup. This is grilled cheese season!

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{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

gastronomer October 6, 2014 at 3:17 pm

GLORIOUS, Girl!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks October 6, 2014 at 3:23 pm

I would love one of these fancy numbers right now! LOOKS So goooood! pinned!

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Jen @ Fresh from the... October 6, 2014 at 3:31 pm

I must say, that grilled cheese in your picture looks pretty dang delicious!

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Lorna October 6, 2014 at 3:47 pm

yum, yum and yum again. I’ll take one right now, please & thank you…

Lorna | http://www.studsanddreams.com

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Sam @ Pancakewarriors October 6, 2014 at 3:53 pm

ive never used grated cheese. Love this as an easy way to mix the cheese! Low and slow requires patience but so worth it of this is the end product. Yum!

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Fabiana October 6, 2014 at 4:18 pm

That combination of cheese sounds heavenly, I’ll keep it in mind the next time I prepare grilled cheese.

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Karla @ Foodologie October 6, 2014 at 4:30 pm

YES! Agree with all points! Also Mustard!

I did a similar post like this a while back: http://foodologie.com/2013/04/24/brie-tomato-basil-grilled-cheese-sandwich-and-my-top-5-tips-for-the-perfect-grilled-cheese/

Seriously though, Mustard. It’s awesome on grilled cheese!

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Mary Beth October 6, 2014 at 9:00 pm

yes yes yes! mustard with cheese is sooo good! great tip :)

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com October 6, 2014 at 6:12 pm

Fancy and drool-worthy grilled cheese sandwich! Want 😀

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Minna October 6, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Brioche is definitely the preferred bread for the perfect grilled cheese! I also personally love me some Asiago on there :) Thanks for sharing! The photos are making me want to make my own right now

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Liz @ Floating Kitchen October 6, 2014 at 9:07 pm

Love this post. Grilled cheese is probably still my favorite thing to eat….especially when my mom makes them for me! I never bother shredding my cheese, but I think I gotta start now!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 7, 2014 at 12:02 am

I like to use Monterey jack and cheddar too! This grilled cheese looks awesome!

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Emily @ Life on Food October 7, 2014 at 3:52 am

Yes, yes and yes! I am an awful grilled cheese maker. I am not patient enough and totally crank up the heat. I know it is horrible but I do it every time. Good thing my husband is much better than me. He is the go to grilled cheese maker and it always comes so fabulous.

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bev @ bevcooks October 7, 2014 at 4:52 am

I’mon grilled cheese my face and life. This is purrrrt.

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape October 7, 2014 at 7:40 am

Fancy ass grilled cheese, indeed!!! I love the tip of grating the cheese! Also, when I first moved into my new apartment I didn’t have butter, so I made one with olive oil. It felt so wrong!

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Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 7, 2014 at 9:17 am

“I believe in the power of brioche” <– Yes!!

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Stuart B. October 7, 2014 at 9:52 am

I know a challah works for this sandwich, but, I had one made with caraway rye bread and that flavor of caraway with the melted cheese was fantastic. Try it. Keep everything else the same, but, try caraway rye slices.

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Alexandra @ Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker October 7, 2014 at 10:35 am

Love these tips!!! And with a beer and tomato soup – sounds so crazy good right now! :)

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Iris October 7, 2014 at 10:49 am

I started using good quality mayo instead of butter on the outside of the bread; it works very well and resolves the “hard butter” situation.
Read about this trick on a cooking website a while ago and was surprised how good it turns out.

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Jenny Ramsey October 7, 2014 at 10:59 am

I love grilled cheese sandwiches! This literally made my mouth water!

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Shari Kelley October 7, 2014 at 11:55 am

This grilled cheese looks perfect! I totally agree with you about all of your points. I had never thought of melting butter in the skillet instead of putting it on the bread! Brilliant!!

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Flor October 7, 2014 at 4:07 pm

I have used mayonnaise on the outside instead of butter and it is damn good!
Also, for a crispy effect on the outside I spray a bit of oil on the pan and then cover the outside of the bread with more cheese. It’s really cheesy in a good way.

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Kimberrleigh October 7, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Grilled cheese is MY meal. If it didn’t make you obese I’d eat it all the time. :)

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Belinda October 7, 2014 at 11:04 pm

Who doesn’t love a good grilled cheese? I normally use havarti as it melts really well. Occasionally I’ll use Japanese white bread as it’s got a sweetness that goes well with the saltiness of the cheese.

I do need to replace my jaffle maker. I have a flat press but it’s not quite the same as having your grilled cheese sealed into triangles.

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Autumn Mae (@itsautumnmae) October 8, 2014 at 3:05 pm

I want this!!!!

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Katie October 8, 2014 at 4:38 pm

I can’t believe I haven’t tried using grated cheese yet! Thank you elevating my next grilled cheese :)

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Stephanie October 8, 2014 at 7:27 pm

Yes!! Cover the pan and keep it low!

I also absolutely have to add super super paper thin slices of onion. Just one or two teeny thin pieces or it doesn’t taste right to me

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) October 9, 2014 at 6:51 am

OMG. Epoisses!!!! Good lord, that cheese is good. So salty, funky, and awesome. I think we are cheese soul sisters. Anyway, this grilled cheese looks spectacular, that melted gooey shot is perfect.

Have you seen the movie Chef? I love that scene at the end with them making the grilled cheese!

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Adrianna Adarme October 9, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Hahah. Cheese soul sisters. Love it!

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Ani {@afotogirl} October 9, 2014 at 9:14 am

Sometimes the easiest things are hardest to make. This is exactly my favorite basic way to make. I also do love adding a little pesto and fresh tomato on occasion. :)

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Nicole October 10, 2014 at 10:11 pm

I’ve never grated my cheese but now I’m definitely going to try it. I’m a big fan of extra sharp cheddar, whole grain mustard and big thick slabs of tomato on my grilled cheeses.

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Diana October 11, 2014 at 6:34 am

With a side of tomato soup, a grilled cheese is my comfort food. I love how they can be simple and quick to make, or become a gourmet meal like you have done.

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Francesca October 12, 2014 at 10:08 am

Always, mix the cheeses. Well done, lady.

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haley October 12, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Had mayo to the inside with the cheese. Preferred brand is Duke’s. I also butter the bread instead of the pan.

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Pamela October 12, 2014 at 7:45 pm

I like whole grain bread with Jarlsberg cheese and a little whipped butter!

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Bri | Bites of Bri October 13, 2014 at 2:57 am

I want this grilled cheese right now! I love how you break it down for the perfect grilled cheese…

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Karen October 13, 2014 at 12:15 pm

I used to babysit for a food network “star” and she taught me to use mayo instead of butter and once i had it i never looked back. My personal fave technique is to toast the inside of the bread and then put the cheese on it. I feel like it makes the sandwich more sturdy and crispier.

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Rachel October 21, 2014 at 12:30 pm

This looks seriously tasty. We don’t call it “grilled cheese” over hear in the UK, we have cheese toasties but same idea and same delicious comfort food!

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Danielle November 3, 2014 at 11:13 am

This looks divine! DEFFFFFFF making it.

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Agentofgoldstein May 18, 2015 at 8:41 pm

Great tips. I want to try them all. I like to pop the bread in the toaster for just a moment first. Like, just a 1/3 of the time needed for good toast. The butter & cheese keep it from getting too hard.
PS, Nicole sent me

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Adrianna Adarme May 19, 2015 at 6:36 pm

Who’s Nicole? :)

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Agentofgoldstein May 20, 2015 at 11:25 pm

cookingforkeeps.com

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Valeria May 20, 2015 at 11:50 am

They are out of this world DELICIOUS!! I was so lucky to find brioche at my local Whole Foods market and so I made these grilled cheeses for dinner yesterday!! At first, I thought I sliced the brioche too tick for the cheese to melt but it melted successfully! :) Having them again today…so excited for dinner (been thinking about them all day at work lol). Your blog is FABULOUS!! :) :)

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Ryan October 17, 2015 at 7:40 am

I am making brioche for the first time (it’s on its final rise right now- into the oven in 2 hours!) And, assuming it turns out well, I will be making this grilled cheese later today! I think I may do cheddar and havarti :)

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Adrianna Adarme October 17, 2015 at 1:12 pm

That sounds so good!

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