The World's Greatest Grilled Cheese

Prep: 10 min., Cook: 10 min. Try a panini press, electric skillet, or a large nonstick skillet to make everyone's favorite grilled cheese.

Yield: Makes 4 sandwiches
Recipe from Southern Living Cooking School

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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 8 sourdough bread slices
  • 6 (3/4-ounce) mozzarella cheese slices
  • 6 (3/4-ounce) Cheddar cheese slices

Preparation

  1. 1. Spread mayonnaise evenly on 1 side of each sourdough bread slice.
  2. 2. Place 4 bread slices, mayonnaise sides down, on wax paper, and layer each with 1 1/2 mozzarella cheese slices and 1 1/2 Cheddar cheese slices. Top with remaining bread slices, mayonnaise sides up.
  3. 3. Cook sandwiches, in batches, on a hot griddle or in a nonstick skillet over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown and cheese is melted.
  4. Note: Sandwiches can be cooked in a preheated panini press 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Sweet-and-Spicy Grilled Cheese: Substitute 8 ounces Havarti cheese slices for mozzarella and Cheddar. Layer cheese as directed; spread cheese evenly with 1/2 cup red pepper jelly. Proceed as directed.
  6. Mexi-Melt Grilled Cheese: Substitute 8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese with peppers slices for mozzarella and Cheddar. Layer cheese as directed; spread cheese evenly with 1/2 cup refried beans, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro. Proceed as directed.
  7. Apple-Cheddar Grilled Cheese: Place 1/2 cup chopped walnuts in a single layer in a shallow pan. Bake at 350° for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring occasionally. Substitute 4 ounces Cheddar slices for mozzarella. Layer cheese as directed; top evenly with 1 thinly sliced Gala apple and toasted walnuts. Sprinkle with pepper to taste. Proceed as directed.
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