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The ULTIMATE Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe

Contributor: Christine Pittman

How do you make the best grilled cheese sandwich? You need the right kind of bread, the right outer spread and, most importantly, the right combination of cheeses.

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


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


  1. Spread mayonnaise 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.

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