Who doesn’t love a grilled cheese sandwich? It’s golden and crisp on the outside, melty and cheesy on the inside—and it’s delicious when served with a bowl of tomato soup. In fact, that might just be the ultimate dinner of comfort food. Of course, you can also serve it for a quick lunch or even a late-night snack. Either way, we’ve rounded up the best grilled cheese recipes no matter what time of day you enjoy it. Here, you’ll find over-the-top grilled cheeses, simple grilled cheeses, and even some grilled cheese mash-ups like the Philly cheesesteak made in grilled cheese form.
If you’re wondering what the secret is to a perfect grilled cheese recipe, the answer is simple: start with the basics. Choose from your favorite type of bread (wheat, white, challah, sourdough). Then, find the best cheese for making a grilled cheese—American cheese is a classic but fontina, gruyere, and Havarti are great options, too. Finally, slather your bread with butter or mayonnaise to get a crispy, golden exterior—and you’ll be in grilled cheese heaven! If you want to take things up a notch, you can always add some fun embellishments like fig jam, pesto, or bacon. For Ree Drummond, adding mustard to her Irish grilled cheese gives it a zing that’s perfect when paired gooey melted cheddar cheese. But after browsing this list of recipes, you’ll want to try them all!