Sure, mom’s buttery white bread and American cheese version is a classic, but these days grilled cheese has hit a whole new level. Here are some of our favorite crazy grilled cheese options.
1. Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese
Can’t decide between your two favorite cheesy snacks? Have them both with Simply Scratch’s simply amazing jalapeno-cream cheese-onion-sourdough-colby concoction.
2. Fried Green Tomato Grilled Cheese
Fried inside fried? Yes and yes. Life’s Ambrosia has the recipe.
3. Bechamel Grilled Cheese
You thought rubbing a layer of butter on grilled cheese was indulgent? At Firefly in D.C., chef Danny Bortnick’s cadillac grilled cheese has bechamel sauce spread in between white bread, with garlic-herb butter, aged Cabot, and Gruyere.
(Photo: Dakota Fine)
4. Focaccia Grilled Cheese
At Tulio in Seattle, crispy strips of focaccia are stuffed with Bel Paese cheese, truffle oil and sea salt.
5. Farmers Market Grilled Cheese
At Milk Truck in Brooklyn, there’s a different sandwich inspired by farmar finds each week, like this fresh mozzarella, field tomatoes and feta salsa verde version.
6. Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese
In case you had forgotton about our own Russell Warnick’s two-for-one, truffled cheese amazingess.
7. Plantain Grilled Cheese
At Pilar Cafe in Brooklyn, fried plantains aren’t a side, but a filling, served here with cheddar, gruyere and espresso-mustard on multi-grain bread.
8. Grilled Cheese Dip
What’s better than a sandwich? A sandwich in dip form, which you can spread on bread. Check out Borracho’s grilled cheese BLT dip.