Making homemade manicotti or mixing up your own molé is noble and all, but with all due respect to from-scratch cooking, sometimes you just want to get dinner done — and in those moments, nothing fits the bill better than an elemental grilled cheese sandwich.
While a basic grilled cheese is just about the greatest thing since, well, sliced bread, there are a few additions that are guaranteed to take your sandwich to the next level. Click through for our top 10 suggestions.
Mac and Cheese
Mac and cheese inside a grilled cheese? The notion of putting a cheese dish inside another cheese dish might sound meta, but trust us: it works .
Even Thomas Keller  believes that potato chips add value to a grilled cheese  sandwich. Experiment with different flavors like barbecue or sour cream and onion, and for maximum crunch, add the chips just before you plan on digging in.
Honey and Truffle Salt
The sweet and savory combination of honey and truffle salt  tastes wonderful in contrast to a mild grilled cheese.
There's no reason why eggs-in-a-hole and grilled cheese couldn't come together to form an ooey-gooey baby that's oh-so delicious .
Ever since our first encounter with grilled kimcheese — at Sarah Jenkins's Porsena Extra Bar  in New York — grilled cheese has never been the same. Try this revelatory combo yourself by mixing drained, chopped kimchi with a sharp white cheddar.
Slices of tart, crisp apple add much-needed moisture and acidity to a grilled cheese sandwich; the classic pairing of yellow cheddar with Fuji apples can't be beat.
Spicy chorizo sausage, whether crumbled Mexican-style or cured Spanish-style, adds heft and heat to an otherwise vegetarian grilled cheese.
A nut butter, when used appropriately and sparingly, can add dimension and sophistication to a grilled cheese sandwich. Case in point: Laura Werlin's gruyère, gorgonzola, and hazelnut grilled cheese , which calls for a thin layer of hazelnut butter on bread.
Who can pass up a brie sandwich with salty, sweet, spreadable bacon jam? Not us! Make it yourself , or buy a version  to save yourself some time.