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As the world's toast obsession persists, I can’t help but wonder why another piece of bread hasn’t been invited to the breakfast party. May I present to you, a more portable and versatile version of your favorite picture perfect avo toast: a good ol' grilled cheese.

Hannah Burkhalter
February 21, 2017

Toast just isn’t what it used to be. It’s different in the best ways possible.

Salmon toast, avocado toast, peanut butter-banana toast, fruit and ricotta toast… these are all fabulous ways to dress what once was an ordinary slice of bread. Anything goes when it comes to toast, from Greek yogurt, to edamame, to hummus. While this breakfast concept is super tasty, textured, and versatile, its not conducive to rushing out the door while simultaneously shoving it into your mouth. Let’s not even talk about attempting to eat a topping-covered piece of toast while driving to work. I don’t know about you, but that’s how most of my mornings go. 

People typically prepare two slices of toast for a full breakfast anyway. So why, friends, have we not combined our slices of bread to be toasted together? This simple step can add so much to your breakfast, like the capacity for more toppings and a serious convenience factor. What’s better than a warm breakfast on the go?

Watch: How to Make Tater Tot Grilled Cheese

 

We should totally be applying our anything-goes-on-toast concept to the trusty grilled cheese. The food-obsessed side of me drools over the thought of a mozzarella and pimento cheese sandwich with bacon and jam. The nutritionist side of me is begging for an avocado, spinach, sprouts, and feta grilled cheese. Wherever you fall in this spectrum, there’s a toast combo that can be made into your ideal breakfast grilled cheese. Pick your favorite bread, include your favorite fruits and veggies, use butter or olive oil for a crispy crust, heck—leave out the cheese if you want (but I wouldn't recommend it). It's all up to you, but here’s our best inspiration for incorporating an epic grilled cheese into your breakfast routine:

Make a Cheddar ’n’ Apple Grilled Cheese on Cinnamon Raisin bread, inspired by this toast recipe.

Photo: Kang Kim; Styling: Tiziana Agnello

Use hearty whole-wheat bread, like the slices used in this Grilled Cheese with Roasted Tomato Spread recipe, for added nutrition. More fiber and protein means that you will stay full longer.

Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Claire Spollen 

Add awesomeness like bacon, tomato, and red onion, creating a "Grown-Up" grilled cheese that satisfies any craving for a rockin' savory morning meal. 

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

Choose something brighter and lighter, making your grilled cheese with fillings like ricotta and an olive oil drizzle.  

Photo: Kang Kim; Styling: Tiziana Agnello

This combo of kale, caramelized onion, raclette, and Parmesan is a breakfast dream when wedged between 2 slices of toasty goodness. 

Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Cindy Barr

You could always ditch the bread and go low-carb with eggplant or zucchini. This version uses basil and lemon for a fresh take on a grilled sandwich. 

Tony Christie, Sean Laurenz

If you're really diggin' the fruit idea, be inspired by this toasty sandwich that includes a flavorful trio of apple, Dijon mustard, and apricot preserves. 

Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps

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