One thing cheese lovers can agree upon is that grilled cheese really is the greatest thing since, well, sliced bread. Here, we'll give you a primer on the classic grilled cheese, including our expert tips to make it perfectly melted and toasty every time, as well as three ways to upgrade your grilled cheese — sweet, salty, and spicy! — depending on your mood. Take a look, then share your favorite grilled cheese sandwich combo with us in the comments.
New recipe fodder comes in many forms. Sometimes it's as simple as scrolling through a blog, flipping through a cookbook or magazine, or dining on an exceptional dish at a restaurant or friend's home. In this case, I turned to an entertaining standard — the cheese plate — as inspiration for a sweet-leaning grilled cheese, taking components often paired together in this format (brie, figs, and walnuts) and transforming them into an ooey-gooey sandwich that's equally at home at lunch as it is for dessert. Not too surprisingly, this sandwich is a winner — one I imagine will enter my sandwich repertoire indefinitely. I suggest you take note and do the same.
Putting something in the middle of two pieces of bread and calling it a sandwich is one of the most rewarding art forms there is. But this practice extends well beyond traditional sandwiches. We've compiled a list of our favorite ways to sandwich things together, sweet and savory, hot and cold. Click through to develop a major sandwich craving.
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There are some things in life that aren't supposed to be messed with. One of those things is the BLT sandwich. This traditional combination of crunchy bacon, lettuce, and juicy tomatoes is perfect just the way it is. While you can serve the trio on fancy bread, I prefer to make them on toasted whole wheat, because that's the way my dad made BLTs when I was a girl. Same goes for the condiments: you could add mustard or aioli, but good-old jarred mayonnaise is fine.
The key to a good BLT is to use high-quality ingredients and to be generous with the bacon! To check out my method, keep reading.
Watermelon and feta, radishes and butter, mangoes with chili and lime: along the way, I've discovered that certain elemental combinations seem to sing perfectly in tune with balmy weather. Here's another one I'd like to add to the list: tomatoes, mayonnaise, and toast.
The TMT follows a simple equation: crunchy toast plus creamy white sauce plus sweet and acidic tomato equals euphoria. I'm not a huge mayonnaise fanatic, but in this open-faced treat, it adds an element of Southern comfort, while also playing to a certain sense of nostalgia.
Any of the components can be played around with; sub in cherry tomatoes or even fried green slices. Or reach for a garlicky aioli — if you're a true mayo hater, olive oil works nicely, too. Rye bread, sourdough bread, and wheat bread all stand up nicely, but avoid choosing a bread that's too crusty. My favorite combo: giant red brandywines, whole wheat bread, and a generous slather of Hellman's mayo. What's yours?
Pizza, buffalo chicken, jalapeño poppers, and caprese salad are not items you'd likely associate with grilled cheese sandwiches, but these recipes do the seemingly impossible. If you're ready to rethink grilled cheese sandwiches, here are 10 grilled cheese renditions of classic recipes that will send you swooning.
I've decided I'm long overdue to share something with you: my top Trader Joe's product, and the definitive recipe to go with it.
I've always loved the half-healthy, half-indulgent quality of the chain's Cilantro & Chive Yogurt Dip. It's wonderful spooned atop silvers of smoked salmon and thick-cut chips, blended with buttermilk for a unique dressing, or as a dip for carrots and celery. But I can't take credit for the hands-down best way to enjoy this: in a sourdough bread and roast beef sandwich. That brilliant idea goes to my best friend, who came up with this simple yet amazing combo when she didn't have any condiments in her refrigerator.
This sandwich, which contains items that can be found at all Trader Joe's stores, may not sound like anything special, but make no mistake — it's amazing. Want more proof? I've had it for lunch every day this week. For the recipe, read more.
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.
Whether you're on the road or packing something for a picnic or a hike, these sandwiches are ready to withstand the weather, challenges, and other wear and tear that may occur during travel. Gone are the days of soggy sandwiches! Click through for sandwiches that travel well.
Packing sandwiches for the open road can be messy business — by the time lunch rolls around, the sandwich bread can be squishy and saturated with tomato juice. Once you start eating the sandwich, more of it can end up in your lap than in your mouth. Let's toss those subpar roadie sandwiches aside and start making perfect travel sandwiches instead. All you need are a baguette, your favorite condiment, an avocado, deli meat, cheese, and a large lettuce leaf. Learn the magic behind the one-handed, spill-free sandwich that's easy to eat while you're on the open road.