Get inspired with these gourmet takes on the traditional grilled cheese. Push the sandwich outside of its comfort zone and add some quality flavors and ingredients to the gooey cheeses.
By Annelise McAuliffe
1. Triple Cheese and Pesto
Goat cheese, cheddar, and parmesan make up the trio of cheeses in this sandwich. Try making a more budget-friendly pesto with pumpkin seeds as a substitution for pine nuts. Get the recipe
2. Grilled Cheese with Pea Shoots and Red Pepper
When you need some fresh greens to balance out an indulgent grilled cheese, pea shoots are a great topping. Add a kick to the comfort food with red pepper flakes and garlic. Get the recipe
3. French Grilled Cheese
Discover the secrets to the perfect grilled cheese with this recipe using Oka, a French, semi-soft cow’s cheese. Get the recipe
4. Pear And Gouda Grilled Cheese
Think fruit and cheese platters sandwiched between slices of a favorite comfort food’s bread. This pear sandwich is rich and can be served along with a cherry balsamic for some added acidity. Get the recipe
5. Grilled Carrot and Cheese Sandwich
Grilled carrots and pesto add an earthy, healthy element to the standard, gooey grilled cheddar cheese. Get the recipe
6. Italian Grilled Cheese
Feta and mozzarella make this sandwich gooey with a bit of salt. Tomatoes and spinach are also found between the layers. Try adding avocado or kale for more nutritious greens. Get the recipe
Mandatory family outings to the Detroit farmers' market and nightly home-cooked meals cultivated Annelise's respect and curiosity for food. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, she spends her free time in New York City recipe testing peanut butter concoctions, eating breakfast all day, and dreaming up international culinary adventures.