Google+

The Big Cheese: New Takes on Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Want to add punch to your lunch by fancying up your grilled cheese at home? Here are a few variations to try.

Tags:

Cheese, butter, bread. Add these three meager ingredients to a hot pan, and in minutes, you’ve got one one great, gooey sandwich — a favorite for all.

Gourmands have also gotten in on the act. Restaurants and food trucks devoted to the sandwich have been popping up all over, using ingredients far more exotic than the classic combo of white bread and American cheese.

Want to add punch to your lunch by fancying up your grilled cheese at home? Here are a few variations to try:

Murray’s Solstice SandwichThe venerable New York City cheese shop shared a recipe for one of its sandwiches with Women’s Health magazine. A mix of sweet and savory, the Solstice combines fig jam, fried sage, pecans and creamy goat cheese.

The PilgrimCreated by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, the website Grilled Cheese Academy offers dozens of takes on the sandwich. Try The Pilgrim, which layers turkey breast, cranberry sauce and Gouda. It’s a perfect way to experience Thanksgiving all over again—and make use of those leftovers.

French Toasted Apple Grilled CheeseApples and cheddar cheese are a classic snack and pie pairing, so it makes sense to unite them in a sandwich. This kid-friendly version from the blog Sarah’s Cucina Bella uses apple butter and dredges the bread in egg before frying, French toast–style.

Pickles and Brie Grilled CheeseJoy Wilson of the renowned food blog Joy the Baker combines bread-and-butter pickles, pickled red onions, whole-grain mustard and Brie on sourdough bread in this inventive version.

Mini Grilled Cheese & Tomato SoupWhat’s grilled cheese without its partner in crime, tomato soup? The party and lifestyle blog Oh Happy Day recommends serving teeny-tiny portions of the duo as appetizers at your next gathering or as the main event at a kid’s birthday party.