Three Grilled Cheese Recipes with a Twist

 As we ease back into the season of warm foods, few channel the same degree of comfort and satisfaction than the grilled cheese sandwich. The crispy-creamy balance of textures, melted cheese’s richness, and its remarkable simplicity all contribute to the grilled cheese’s mass appeal.
 
Restaurants and sandwich shops offer plenty of meats, fruit fillings, jams, and condiments dress up the sandwich. However, you don’t need an entire kitchen’s worth of special ingredients to take your lunch to the next level. With a carefully curated arsenal of additions, you can pull off an elevated lunch or dinner in ten minutes or less.

Bacon Jammed Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Pine Street Market Grilled Cheese

Most additions to grilled cheese sandwiches get in the way of the subtle creaminess of the cheese. Bacon jam, however, adds a smoky, sweet, deeply rich dimension to the lunchtime classic.

Ingredients

Directions 

Pine Street Market Bacon Jam
  • In a mixing bowl, add gruyere, bacon jam, and pimento cheese, and mix to combine.
  • One a large plate, spread out the sliced bread side by side. Spread an even layer of butter on each slice, flip over two slices, and spread and even layer of cheese mixture. Top with two remaining slices of buttered bread (butter side up).
  • Preheat large cast iron skillet over medium-low heat for 4 minutes. Place the sandwiches in the skillet and cook until golden brown, 6 minutes per side.
  • Transfer to a plate and allow to cool for 2 minutes before slicing. 

Pickled Pink Grilled Cheese

  • 2 slices of your favorite soft white bread, something your grandma would approve of.
  • 4 slices of cheddar cheese, thickly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of salted butter
  • More-than-enough Pickled Pink Gourmet Sweet Pickle slices

Directions

Melt butter in a heavy pan over medium heat, being careful not to let it burn.

Place cheese reverently between the slices of bread, and top with sweet pickle slices.

Place sandwich in the warm pan. Grill one side until crispy golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Flip and grill the other side for around 2-3 minutes. Serve with extra pickles.

Cory’s Famous Grilled Cheese

Adapted from Cory Schwartz

Cory's Famous Grilled Cheese

Directions 

Korean Mustard
  1. Spread the Korean Mustard on one side of both slices of bread. Layer cheese on one slice, then top with bacon and second slice of bread.
  2. Heat butter in a skillet on medium heat. Once butter is melted and hot, add sandwich and cook for 2−3 minutes, until golden. Flip sandwich and cook on other side until golden and cheese is melted (or make in a panini press).