11 recipes for grilled cheese that don't change it into a different sandwich


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The grilled cheese is one of those classic sandwiches beloved by many. We certainly love it. We also love twists on the basic traditional recipe. Including an unusual ingredient to jazz things up is rarely a bad thing.

However, is it still a grilled cheese sandwich when you include ham (or bacon)? Maybe we’re being pedantic here, but a hot ham and cheese sandwich isn’t interchangeable with grilled cheese. And if we add something like tuna to it, doesn’t that make it a tuna melt?  

We decided to take a look at twists on the classic grilled cheese, and share with you the ones that make it unique without changing it into an entirely different sandwich. Check them out!


1. Gruyere Grilled Cheese with Fig Butter

Source: Nature Box 

The awesome folks at Nature Box deliver with this recipe for gruyere grilled cheese with fig butter that includes avocado. Oh, yes. Now we’re talking.


2. Pumpkin Grilled Cheese with Apples and Cheddar

Source: Kitchen Tested 

Kitchen Tested adds fall flavors to this grilled cheese concept by including pumpkin and apples.


3. Romesco Grilled Cheese with Gruyere + Watercress

Source: A Better Happier St. Sebastian 

A Better Happier St. Sebastian’s recipe also uses gruyere cheese but serves it with Romesco sauce and watercress.


4. Spinach and Artichoke Grilled Cheese

Source: Joy the Baker 

Joy the Baker sizzles with this recipe for spinach and artichoke grilled cheese, which uses crumbled or grated jack cheese, grated Parmesan cheese and cream cheese — with the cream cheese acting as the “glue” that holds this delicious sandwich together.


5. Grown-up Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Source: Just a Taste 

Just a Taste joins the grilled cheese debate, and how! You’ll want more than just a taste of this twist, which includes kale leaves and caramelized onions.


6. Mushroom Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Source: Closet Cooking 

Closet Cooking pulled out all the stops with this mouthwatering recipe. Complementing the gooey cheese are cremini mushrooms, garlic, thyme, parsley, onion, truffle oil and — sit down — white wine.


7. Mediterranean Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Source: Cooking Classy 

Cooking Classy combines mozzarella with feta and adds fresh tomatoes, sliced black olives, diced red onion, fresh basil and garlic in this amazingly good Greek-inspired sandwich.


8. Parmesan-Crusted Grilled Cheese

Photo by Romulo Yanes for Martha Stewart 

Martha Stewart dominates the grilled cheese with this recipe that includes grated fontina, Parmesan, baby arugula and apricot jam. Oh, what’s up now?


9. Pesto Caprese Grilled Cheese

Source: Cherished Bliss 

Cherished Bliss marries the caprese salad with the grilled cheese and slathers it all in a pesto sauce that will get your tummy motor revving.


10. Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese

Source: Simply Scratch 

Simply Scratch has got your number, thanks to this recipe that combines either Colby jack or cheddar cheese with jalapeño peppers, onions and cream cheese.


11. Balsamic Blueberry Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Source: Amanda By the Bay 

If unusual is what you’re after, then you can’t get much more so than Amanda By the Bay’s recipe, which combines Havarti with fresh spinach or arugula, blueberries and balsamic vinegar.