Did you know that April is National Grilled Cheese Month? Neither did we. To be honest, we didn’t even know the beloved sandwich actually had its own month. But since we make grilled cheese for lunch at least once a week, we’re more than happy to embrace it.
Like most people, we grew up on the most basic grilled cheese sandwich: Kraft singles melted between two slices of buttered Wonder Bread. Points for nostalgia, but not exactly a winner in the flavor or nutrition department. We’re happy to say that we’ve expanded our horizons since those days, swapping the plastic-wrapped singles out for real cheese, using better bread, and adding all kinds of fun extras. We also vary the cooking method a bit. Instead of slathering butter on the outsides of the bread, we usually brush a little olive oil across it. You get the same effect without all that saturated fat. And we’re big fans of making our grilled cheeses panini-style, with this pan.
So in honor of National Grilled Cheese Month, here are some of our favorite combos:
- Cheddar cheese, sliced jalapenos, tomatoes
- Mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, fresh basil
- Brie cheese, apple slices, and a good seedy mustard (sometimes we add sliced turkey to this one)
- Manchego cheese and quince paste (you can find this at cheese shops or in the cheese section at really good grocery stores)
- Muenster cheese, bacon, and avocado
- Goat cheese, caramelized onions, and sauteed mushrooms
- Fontina cheese and a few slices of Prosciutto
And we can’t talk grilled cheese without giving a shout-out to ‘wichcraft, where they make some of the most amazing grilled cheese sandwiches known to man (example: mozzarella with roasted butternut squash and hazelnut brown butter). A spin-off of Tom Colicchio’s Craft, the little sandwich shop began with one location in NYC and now has 13 in New York, one in San Francisco, and one in Las Vegas. Our favorite is the little walk-up stand in Bryant Park. You order at one window, pick up at another window, and eat al fresco on one of the park’s bistro-style tables. The perfect setting for the perfect sandwich.