Enough with looking at and fantasizing over all the grilled cheese Instagram pictures; it’s high time you made your own. Whip up any one of the following seven and fill that kitchen of yours with lovely smells, maybe entertain guests with entertaining cheesy goodness, and definitely above all else, enjoy the pinnacle of comfort food culinary innovation.
Expert Grilled Cheese Chef’s Note: Before you embark upon your courageous quest toward molding the perfect grilled cheese, remember that as with most great things in life, rushing’s futile and patience is key. So, keep the heat at medium-low, to avoid a situation where you end up with a burnt-on-the-outside grilled cheese, but cold and half-melted cheese on the inside.
1. Strawberry, Brie, and Chocolate Grilled Cheese
Because who doesn’t jump at an excuse to sweeten up a comfort food favorite? There’s no denying that this grilled cheese looks more the part of an after dinner course, and isn’t by any means a suitable and healthy lunch. Sure, you could eat something healthier, but this grilled cheese does have strawberries and chocolate which both bring some handy healthy benefits. For instance, strawberries considered in a cup serving provide you 113% of your daily recommended vitamin C intake and come in at a mere 46 calories—nice!
2. Bacon Guacamole Grilled Cheese
You just might shatter the Internet when you take a pic of this puppy and post it for all your friends to see. Bacon already makes everything taste better, and when you account for the added guacamole in this recipe, you realize this is nothing short of an immaculate culinary creation. Enough about the tantalizing taste though. You’re giving your body a lot of the ‘good stuff’ when you eat the guacamole. Every cup of guac has 15.4 grams of fiber (you need 20 grams a day), and a study conducted by the Harvard School of Health holds that maintaining a proper intake of fiber can cut your risk of developing heart problems by as much as 40%!
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3. Monte Cristo Grilled Cheese
Nothing like a French-inspired twist on an eclectic and well-loved ham and cheese sandwich! The eggs in the French toast and the gruyere provide a warm, filling and downright tasty layer of flavor variety to make this a grilled cheese well suited for any time of day—but especially breakfast! The recipe curators on this one strongly advise you don’t microwave it, but instead grill this bad boy up on the stove. All great tasting things take a little extra time and can’t be rushed!
4. Red Pepper and Pesto Grilled Cheese
It’s never a bad thing to go the healthier route, and at least make an effort to add some veggies to the mix, especially when you’re already wolfing down a crazy tasty comfort food. Those red peppers contain a near 300% of your recommended daily vitamin C intake, which is just straight up phenomenal. Plus, red peppers contain a significant supply of Vitamin A, which is what your body needs to maintain good eye vision.
5. Potato Chip Grilled Cheese
This grilled cheese variation is simple enough, and of course packs a powerful crunch. We’ve all seen friends sneak some of their chips into their sandwich, because, well, it just tastes so good. See for yourself!
6. Upside-Down Grilled Cheese
This one will turn your world upside down. Sorry we couldn’t resist. That was painfully cheesy wasn’t it? We’ll stop. But really, this creative twist on the standard grilled cheese allows you to better taste the flavor range of whatever cheese you choose, as the stuff ends up on the outside face of the bread!
7. Veggie Pizza Grilled Cheese
Anything claiming to taste like pizza is worth trying. An added benefit with this grilled cheese creation is that you’re welcome, no you’re encouraged, to add whatever veggies you like. This leaves the floor open for a whole lot of nutritional inspiration. The sky’s the limit on how healthy you can make this one.
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