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Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Pornchai Mittongtare
Total time 15 mins
Yield Makes 4 sandwiches (serving size: 1 sandwich)
The oldest diner sandwich in the book becomes a great summer meal when you make it live up to its name—cook it on the grill. Prep and cook time: about 15 minutes.


  • 8 slices rye bread (about 10 oz. total)
  • About 8 ounces cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1 firm-ripe tomato (about 6 oz.), rinsed, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 sweet onion (about 4 oz.), thinly sliced and separated into rings
  • About 2 tablespoons olive oil

Nutrition Information

  • calories 491
  • caloriesfromfat 51 %
  • protein 21 g
  • fat 28 g
  • satfat 13 g
  • carbohydrate 39 g
  • fiber 5.3 g
  • sodium 826 mg
  • cholesterol 60 mg

How to Make It

  1. For each sandwich, top a slice of bread with a thin layer of cheese, two tomato slices, a few rings of onion, and more cheese. Top with a second slice of bread. Brush both sides of the sandwich lightly with olive oil, then push two or three toothpicks all the way through the sandwich to secure.

  2. Lay sandwiches over medium heat on a gas grill (you can hold your hand at grill level only 4 to 5 seconds); close lid. Cook, turning to prevent bread from scorching (remove toothpicks when turning, if they catch on the grill), until sandwiches are well browned on both sides, with some darker grill marks in spots, and cheese is melted, 8 to 10 minutes total. Serve hot, while cheese is still melted.