Donut Grilled Cheese

Yes, this is exactly what you think it is:  A grilled cheese sandwich made using a donut as the bread. And it’s seriously good. No joke!

Grilled Cheese Donut

Is there a Tom+Chee near you? If so, I know you’ve heard all about it. It’s a chain of grilled cheese and tomato soup restaurants that’s spot on when it comes to making this classic sandwich. Their prices are right and they seem to really get what the grilled cheese is all about.

And then…they take it further than you ever imagined.

That’s right. It’s Tom+Chee that we have to thank for the Donut Grilled Cheese. Wait wait wait. I hear you, “Thank them? Why? They’re crazy! That sounds terrible!”

No no no. They’re brilliant. BRILLIANT. The Donut Grilled Cheese is a seriously great thing.

“Why? How? Wtf?”

Let me explain…

Start with the donut itself. It’s got lots of sugar in it. You slice it in half and then butter the cut sides and put them down into a skillet and what happens? That sugar caramelizes. It gets crunchy. So the outside of your grilled cheese will have this amazing crunch (kind of like our Breakfast Grilled Cheese that has maple syrup mixed with butter on the outside).

OK, so you understand why the donut works as the bread, sort of, but you’re still confused about all that sweetness with the cheese. Stop being confused. Stop it right now. You already know that sweet and cheese work together. Yes, you do. Don’t argue with me. Just listen…

Think about all those cheese trays with grapes and strawberries and fruity compotes on them. Think about cheddar cheese on apple pie. And seriously people, think about cheesecake!

Cheese and sweet just plain work. I know it. You know it. I know that you know it. Accept it and go make a Donut Grilled Cheese. Now. Yes, that’s an order.

(If you really can’t bring yourself to do it, I get it. I won’t be angry with you. Especially if you try one of my other grilled cheese sandwiches instead. Here’s my Ultimate Grilled Cheese, and here’s my Nacho Grilled Cheese. Both are excellent choices, even if they aren’t as badass as the donut one).

Donut Grilled Cheese

Yield: 1 serving

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 1 glazed donut
  • 1 slice sharp cheddar cheese

Directions:

  1. Slice donut in half.
  2. Spread butter on cut sides.
  3. Lay cheese slice on unbuttered side of one donut half. Top with unbuttered side of other donut half.
  4. Put butter side down into skillet set over medium-low heat
  5. Cook until golden brown on the outside, checking underneath frequently to make sure it isn't too brown (reduce temperature if it is), about 2-3 minutes.
  6. Flip sandwich and cook on other side until brown and cheese is melted, 2-3 minutes.
  7. Remove from skillet and cut in half.
This post originally appeared in May, 2016 and was revised and republished in April, 2017.

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.