There’s nothing more perfect than a grilled cheese – it would be our last meal, hands down. But our favorite thing about G.C.? There are so many ways to riff on it. Straight up cheese and bread does the trick, but add in a small-batch ingredient and you’ve got something even better than the sum of its parts.
Here are our 3 favorite grilled cheese “recipes” that need to make an appearance at your next breakfast, lunch, dinner and every snack in between:
1. Pickled Cherry Tomato
You say tomato, we say pickled cherry tomato! Tomatoes are obviously a classic pairing for grilled cheese (tomato soup, anyone?) and if you’re a grilled cheese gourmet, you’ve probably had one with sun-dried tomatoes. Heck, you may have even had a pickle in your grilled cheese before too (or at least on your patty melt). So why not try pickled cherry tomatoes? Each bite of this sandwich is an explosion of ooey-gooey, cheesy pickled goodness, with pops of plump and juicy organic cherry tomatoes and the crunch of little mustard seeds. Ready to pop your grilled cheese cherry?
2. Chocolate + Potato Chips
Yes, we said chocolate + cheese. Rich and creamy and nutty and sweet and salty… the two are flavor soulmates. Chocolate contains a light amount of tannins (like wine), which goes perfectly with cheese. Another thing we’re melting for? Potato chips. When the cheese and chocolate are melted together, the creamy sweetness of the cheese blends with the milky-smooth chocolate, and the salty bits of crunchy potato chips make it a truly addictive combination.
3. Bacon + French Onion Confit
The only thing better than bacon in a grilled cheese is bacon and caramelized onions in a grilled cheese. But have you ever tried to make caramelized onions? It takes approximately ten thousand years longer than the recipe says. And then you burn it. Good news: this French Onion Confit has you covered. Why spend time slaving over the stove when you can just unscrew the jar and quickly transform a sandwich from drab to fab in two seconds flat? Time to pig out!
And you thought grilled cheese couldn’t get any better...