In the Plated test kitchen, we’re firm believers in the magical powers of grilled cheese. From the melty inside, to our foolproof method for crispy, golden brown bread (hint: it involves mayonnaise), we are nothing short of obsessed with grilled cheese. Endlessly customizable with different seasonal toppings, cheese varieties, and types of bread, this sandwich never gets old. And, because everyone loves a grilled cheese, why not make it the star of your next party? Set out a spread of cheeses, breads, and condiments, and let everyone go to town! Here, some of our go-to original recipes that’ll never let you down.
French Onion Soup Grilled Cheese
We can’t visit a French restaurant without immediately ordering French onion soup. Melty, cheesy, and, ahem, filled with bread, it’s one of our absolute favorite dishes. Because we can’t resist a mashup (or a grilled cheese), we created this totally amazing soup and sandwich all-in-one. A decadent mix of gruyère and fontina is topped with sautéed onions and stuffed between slices of hearty sourdough bread. And, because dipping is the most fun, there’s a little extra onion soup on the side.
Cheddar Apple Grilled Cheese
The sweet and savory combination of cheddar cheese and apples gets us every.single.time. This autumnal sandwich combines lemony apple compote, cheddar cheese, and a hit of Dijon mustard for a flavor profile that packs a serious punch. The cheese becomes perfectly melty between sourdough slices, which are coated with mayonnaise for a crisp-golden brown outside. Fall in one bite.
Fontina and Brie Grilled Cheese with Fig Compote
While we can often be found eating straight brie and crackers (in very large quantities), the soft French cheese is equally fabulous in a sandwich. Combined with powerful fontina cheese and a sultry fig compote, this is a seriously next-level dish.
Grilled Cheese with Cranberry Compote
Because every holiday needs its own grilled cheese, we’ve created this Thanksgiving-inspired version. Tangy cranberries are cooked down with orange juice, cinnamon, and a hint of Aleppo pepper for a tart compote that you may even want to repurpose as cranberry sauce. The compote accompanies a gooey cheddar grilled cheese that’ll knock your socks off.
Spanakopita Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Not only is Spanakopita really fun to say, it’s also a delicious, must-order Greek dish of spinach, feta, and phyllo pastry. We channeled our love for this traditional appetizer into this genius grilled cheese sandwich, which combines mozzarella, feta, and spinach between slices of sourdough. The result is a perfect mix of salty richness balanced by garlicky sautéed spinach.
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