It's the quintessential comfort food. Loved by kids, sure, but never turned down by an adult. Warm and buttery, gooey but crisp with just the right amount of salty bite, a great grilled cheese sandwich is a symphony of tastes and textures. While the ingredients are pretty standard—you've likely got them in your fridge right now—it's the technique that makes a perfect grilled cheese. The secret is slathering the bread with ample butter, which crisps it in the pan and cooking it over low heat, which brings out the subtle flavors of the cheese. And of course, after plenty of our own in-house testing, we've determined that sandwiches sliced in half on a diagonal just taste better.
The Ultimate Grilled Cheese
Salt & pepper
(classic American, mild cheddar, Swiss, Havarti or Gruyère)
Good sliced bread
(sourdough, an Italian ciabatta
or a French boule)
Make It Your Own
Jalapenos, bacon, fresh herbs or even lobster make awesome additions to a grilled cheese. Or go for a salty and sweet pairing by layering in some sliced pears, caramelized onions or any kind of sweet jam.