The BEST Grilled Cheese Sandwich

What is the best combination of cheeses to use in a grilled cheese sandwich? We’ve got the recipe for greatness.

With the best cheeses to use in a perfect grilled cheese sandwich

Typically when I make a grilled cheese sandwich I just use one kind of cheese. That’s out of convenience though, not because it’s the best way to do things. When I’m not in a hurry, and when I have an abundance of cheese in my fridge (like after we’ve had a party and there was a cheese tray on the loose), I go in with a combination of cheeses.

Why use a combination of cheeses in a grilled cheese sandwich? Because different cheeses have different virtues. Getting a good blend of those virtues into one perfect sandwich is the goal. I like to use three kinds of cheese in my perfect sandwich. You don’t need very much of each one, just a bit. Together, you’ll have plenty of cheese and the blend of flavors and textures will be perfect.

So, we’re going in with three cheeses. Which three cheeses should it be?

#1: Something Creamy

You definitely want to include a rich creamy cheese in your sandwich. This cheese doesn’t have to get stringy as it melts. Its job is just to be buttery and rich. You can use a bit of Brie for this but the easiest thing is to spread the bread with cream cheese (the inside parts of the bread, not the outsides that are going to hit the grill). If you’re into some processed cheese flavor in your grilled cheese, you can lay on a cheese spread like Cheez Whiz or use a processed cheese slice.

#2: Something Stringy

You really really need those wisps of stringy melted cheese to ooze out of a good grilled cheese sandwich so make sure to include a cheese that melts in a stringy way. Your processed cheese slice does this, as does mozzarella and provolone. Monterey Jack and Cheddar also get a bit of stringiness going on when melted.

#3: Something Flavorful

Now, depending on what you chose in the above two categories, you might not need much here. But a little bit of extra cheese flavor will take your sandwich to that perfection level we’re aiming for. What should you look for here? A powerful cheese. You can choose a cheese that has power all from itself, like a strong blue, if you’re into that, or a smoked gouda. Or you can try a cheese that has flavor added to it, like a pepper jack or a havarti with dill. Whatever you choose, don’t put too much. You don’t want to overpower the sandwich, just give it that tiny bit of extra oomph.

There you have it. The breakdown of the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. See below for my current favorite grilled cheese recipe.

The Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe

Yield: 1 serving

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 2 slices of white crusty bakery bread (hand-sliced medium-thick)
  • 2 Tbsp. cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 oz. smoked gouda cheese, sliced

Directions:

  1. Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread. Flip them over. Spread both with cream cheese. Onto one slice, sprinkle the Monterey Jack. Top with slices of gouda and then invert the other bread onto it such that the cream cheese is against the gouda.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium-low heat. Put sandwich in skillet. Use a spatula to check underneath ever minute or so to make sure the toast isn't browning too quickly. You need it to take a few minutes so that the cheese has time to melt. Cook until underside is toasted, 3-4 minutes. Flip sandwich over and cook until underside is toasted and cheese is very melted, 2-3 minutes.
  3. Transfer sandwich to cutting board and cut on the diagonal.

 

Christine Pittman

Christine is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Cookful. She also blogs at COOKtheSTORY where she specializes in easy healthy homemade recipes. Healthiness aside, she has been known to shred cheese onto a dinner plate, microwave it for 30 seconds, and then eat the messy goop with a spoon.