4/29/09 4/29/09 6 Ways to Reinvent Your Grilled Cheese April 29, 2009 by Food 2 April's almost over, which means we have just a few more days to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month. So get thee to a frying pan! Like Tom Colicchio, you've probably been eating grilled cheese sandwiches since you were a kid, so here are six creative ways to reinvent the classic. I Want More! Get our newsletter by tapping the button below. Instant Subscribe Grab Some Greens Tossing in a leafy green, as in this recipe incorporating escarole, adds a comforting earthiness to the cheese. You can also try spinach, arugula, or basil. Give It a Honeyed Touch Speaking of basil, the sweet herb shows up on this sandwich, but even more unexpected is the drizzle of honey, which is delicious paired with saltier cheeses. Try a Bolder Cheese Ditch the mild mainstays like cheddar and swiss and go for a bold, stinky cheese like gruyere or gorgonzola. Just be sure to pair the strong cheese with calmer accents, like the leeks in this gruyere version. Use Eggplant as Bread Breaded eggplant makes a flavorful stand-in for the usual bread, while mozzarella or provolone cheeses add some Italian flavor. Don't like eggplant? Try other bread subs like potato skins or fried green tomatoes. Spread It With Jam Don't knock it 'til you've tried it: one of my childhood favorites was grilled cheese with jam, an idea that also works well on a Monte Cristo sandwich. Make It Into a Hamburger I saved the most decadent for last: this award-winning recipe essentially uses grilled cheese sandwiches in place of the bun for a hamburger patty.