National Grilled Cheese Month!

It doesn’t get much better than biting into a gooey cheese-filled sandwich that melts in your mouth. That’s right; I’m talking about a grilled cheese; a sandwich that transports us back to a moment in time before I even swallow that first bite. And in honor of National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month, I piled my shopping cart high with different cheeses, breads, and other ingredients to create the original and some quirky varieties on one of my favorite sandwiches.

The “Classic”

2 slices of white or wheat bread

2 or 3 slices of Kraft American Cheese singles

Butter, for spreading

1. Pre-heat a sauté pan on medium heat.

2. Butter one side of each slice of bread.

3. Layer 2 or 3 slices of the cheese on the bread to make a sandwich.

4. Place the sandwich on the pan and cook until bottom-side is golden brown, then flip.

5. Brown the other side of the sandwich, or until the cheese is completely melted.

6. Serve hot and enjoy!

Review: You can’t go wrong with this classic grilled cheese. If you’re in the mood for an extra cheesy sandwich, go for three slices instead of two.

The “Italian”

2 slices of roasted garlic ciabatta

2 slices of fresh mozzarella

1-2 slices of fresh tomato

1 leaf, thinly chopped, basil

Salt and pepper to taste

Olive oil

1. Pre-heat a sauté pan on medium heat.

2. Pour the olive oil into the pan to create a thin coating.

3. Lay the 2 pieces of bread flat.

4. On one slice layer the sliced mozzarella. On the other slice lay down the tomato, then basil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Sandwich the two halves together.

4. Place the sandwich on the pan with the tomato side on the bottom.

5. Cook the sandwich until crispy, or golden brown, then flip the sandwich.

6. Crisp the side of the sandwich, or until the cheese is melted.

6. Serve hot and enjoy!

Review: The roasted garlic ciabatta bread definitely took this sandwich to a new level. The combination of mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, and garlic took your taste buds on a journey to Italy.

The “Brie Lover”

2 slices multigrain bread

2 slices of granny smith apple

Brie, enough to spread a thick amount on one slice of bread

Butter, for spreading

1. Pre-heat a sauté pan on medium heat.

2. Butter one side of each slice of bread.

3. Layer the apple one side of the bread, then spread brie on the other slice of bread.

4. Put the two pieces together to make a sandwich, then place the sandwich on the pan with the apple side down.

5. Cook one side until golden brown, then flip.

6. Brown the other side of the sandwich, or until the cheese is completely melted.

7. Serve hot and enjoy!

Review: If you love brie, this sandwich is a must-try! The brie overpowered the apple flavors, but the fruit added an extra crunch to this savory combination.

The “Jalapeno Cheddar”

2 slices jalapeno cheddar bread

2 or 3 New York style sharp cheddar cheese

Butter, for spreading

1. Pre-heat a sauté pan on medium heat.

2. Butter one side of each slice of bread.

3. Layer the cheese on one side of the bread.

4. Put the two pieces together to make a sandwich, and then place the sandwich on the pan with the apple side down.

5. Cook one side until golden brown, then flip.

6. Brown the other side of the sandwich, or until the cheese is completely melted.

7. Serve hot and enjoy!

Review: Ready for a kick in the tongue? Try this spicy, yet flavorful pairing that wakes up your senses with those bites filled with jalapenos. This would probably rank as one of my top choices out of all these just because I love anything with a little extra spice. And if you can’t find any jalapeno cheddar bread, just use regular bread with cheddar cheese and jalapenos mixed in.

I learned a few things from my grilled cheese making adventure. 1) I am most definitely not one of those fantastic food photographers. How some bloggers are able to really capture the essence of how delicious something is beats me! 2) It’s really a fun attempting to come up with different recipes for one simple sandwich. And, 3) I won’t ever get sick of that original grilled cheese sandwich.

What’s your favorite style grilled cheese? Is it the classic? Or do you have another fun twist for this simple meal? I’d love to hear what you’ve come up with when craving this famous sandwich.

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