This 2-Ingredient Upgrade is What My Grilled Cheese Was Missing All Along
Just wait until you dunk this next-level sandwich in tomato soup.
Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox
Sometimes simple is best. Bread and butter. Chips and salsa. Peanut butter and chocolate. Cornbread and milk. Those dynamic duos ask for zero embellishments to deliver ample satisfaction. In fact, any accoutrement might just end up taking over and muddling those satisfyingly streamlined pairings. A classic grilled cheese sandwich is another beautiful example of this concept at play. Essentially, it’s two parts bread to one part cheese, all toasted together to crunchy-on-the-outside, gooey-on-the-inside perfection. But this is one classic combination that opens up a world of possibilities. We’ll never say “no” to a grilled cheese any which way, and have already tested, tasted, and adored grilled cheese sandwich recipes with different:
Bread to get the party started. Everything from sturdy slabs of sourdough to hearty, seedy wheat bread to crusty ciabatta works well.
Cheeses stuffed in the center. Brie, mozzarella, Gouda, goat, Cheddar, Swiss, pimento, American; pretty much anything but feta melts like a dream.
Fats. Brush the exterior with any fat you desire to help get the crust golden brown. Butter, olive oil, or mayo — you can’t go wrong.
Even after all of that tough “research” into the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich recipe, we hadn’t quite settled on our best. All that changed when we came across an easy-to-make and easy-to-love Pesto Butter Grilled Cheese from Joy Wilson (aka Joy the Baker). One fan who has tried this sandwich recipe said it’s a “basic staple elevated to gourmet status. Love it!” Another declared that it’s “my go-to snack every afternoon!” And after trying one of her variations on this unique grilled cheese recipe, we wholeheartedly agree.
Read on to discover the only two ingredients you need to take bread and cheese from awesome to irresistible, then we’ll explain bonus additions to make Wilson’s…