Ralph Anderson / Styling Rose Nguyen / Food Styling Angela Sellers
Anyone can master the art of sandwich making, and the possibilities are endless when it comes to this old standby.
We tried a variety of flavor combinations, grilling techniques, and serving ideas. Ultimately, we gave the nod to these five sensational recipes; they are truly divine, and most can be ready to serve in less than 30 minutes.
Combine any types of cheeses and breads to create your own personal masterpiece, and send us your recipe. In the meantime, make a meal of these top-rated selections.
Grill It Up Golden
An electric griddle allows you to cook more sandwiches at a time. Test Kitchens Professional Angela Sellers says, "The secret is to preheat your griddle or skillet to a medium temperature." The results are perfectly melted cheese and crispy, golden crusts every time.
Electric panini presses are available at your local superstore. (Prices range from $40 to $130 for most brands. Specialty brands at gourmet kitchen stores are more expensive.) They’re great for grilling sandwiches, and some also work for grilling meats and vegetables. You can also use an indoor grill, such as a George Foreman Grill, to achieve the panini look. Results may vary when it comes to getting good grill marks.
Grilled Cheese Recipes:
- Cuban Grills
- Grilled Pimiento Cheese
- Hot Buttery Brie Melts
- Italian Cheese Bites
- Pesto-Crusted Grilled Cheese
Use sturdy bread, such as a French baguette, when making paninis. Jalapeño jelly yields a spicy-sweet bite in Hot Buttery Brie Melts.
Grilled Cheese Galore
- Grilled Chicken ‘N’ Cheese Sandwiches
- Grilled Four-Cheese Sandwich With Tomato, Avocado, and Bacon
- Grilled Cheese Sandwiches With Tomato, Avocado, and Bacon
- Grilled Cheese-and-Ham Sandwiches
- Grilled Cheese Meatloaf Sandwiches
- Roast Beef-Cheddar Panini Sandwiches
- Dessert Quesadillas
- Loaded Turkey Melt
- Melted Avocado Club
- Pineapple-Turkey Melts
- Barbecued Pork Quesadillas
"Grilled Cheese: Need We Say More?" is from the January 2007 issue of Southern Living.