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Add-Ins to Take Your Grilled Cheese From Good to Great

Aug 12 2013 - 4:25am

Making homemade manicotti or mixing up your own molé is noble and all, but with all due respect to from-scratch cooking, sometimes you just want to get dinner done — and in those moments, nothing fits the bill better than an elemental grilled cheese sandwich.

While a basic grilled cheese is just about the greatest thing since, well, sliced bread, there are a few additions that are guaranteed to take your sandwich to the next level. Click through for our top 10 suggestions.

Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese inside a grilled cheese? The notion of putting a cheese dish inside another cheese dish might sound meta, but trust us: it works [1].

Potato Chips

Even Thomas Keller [2] believes that potato chips add value to a grilled cheese [3] sandwich. Experiment with different flavors like barbecue or sour cream and onion, and for maximum crunch, add the chips just before you plan on digging in.

Photo: Camilla Salem

Honey and Truffle Salt

The sweet and savory combination of honey and truffle salt [4] tastes wonderful in contrast to a mild grilled cheese.


There's no reason why eggs-in-a-hole and grilled cheese couldn't come together to form an ooey-gooey baby that's oh-so delicious [5].


Ever since our first encounter with grilled kimcheese — at Sarah Jenkins's Porsena Extra Bar [6] in New York — grilled cheese has never been the same. Try this revelatory combo yourself by mixing drained, chopped kimchi with a sharp white cheddar.

Source: Flickr User The Aimless Cook [7]


Slices of tart, crisp apple add much-needed moisture and acidity to a grilled cheese sandwich; the classic pairing of yellow cheddar with Fuji apples can't be beat.

Photo: Nancy Einhart


Spicy chorizo sausage, whether crumbled Mexican-style or cured Spanish-style, adds heft and heat to an otherwise vegetarian grilled cheese.

Nut Butter

A nut butter, when used appropriately and sparingly, can add dimension and sophistication to a grilled cheese sandwich. Case in point: Laura Werlin's gruyère, gorgonzola, and hazelnut grilled cheese [8], which calls for a thin layer of hazelnut butter on bread.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Bacon Jam

Who can pass up a brie sandwich with salty, sweet, spreadable bacon jam? Not us! Make it yourself [9], or buy a version [10] to save yourself some time.

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