Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lindsey Lower 
1 sandwich

For the Ultimate Grilled Cheese, we slather reduced-fat cheddar cheese that's combined with light cream cheese and canola mayo on whole-grain bread; then sauteed in olive oil. This mixture melts into a gloriously silk, ultracheesy filling.

How to Make It

Combine cream cheese and canola mayo. Add shredded cheddar cheese. Spread between 2 slices whole-grain bread. Heat a small skillet over medium heat; sear each side in 1/4 teaspoon olive oil until bread is browned and crisp.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

3.5 stars

July 29, 2016
Not bad.  I used my panini press and since I could then omit the oil, I used full-fat Dubliner cheese.  Not sure I'd say "ultimate" but definitely good.  I think I'd like to try adding some minced chives or minced garlic or even minced jalapeno to the cheese mix and play around with the flavors more.  Very easy to prepare.

LICook's Review

April 29, 2014
I loved this grilled cheese! I would almost say it's better than an 'actual' grilled cheese! The cheese filling stays gooey even as the sandwich cools! You certainly can't say that for a 'real' grilled cheese! I almost don't think I would make the full fat/calorie version again! The only substitution I made was regular (extra-sharp) cheddar cheese, not the reduced fat.

3Boys4Me77's Review

April 22, 2014
I'll split the difference here. I liked these quite a bit, but my kids hated them. They picked right up on the mayonnaise and balked at it. I, however, thought they tasted great - creamy and delicious.

johnandmeg's Review

April 07, 2014
Not bad. Creamier, lighter version. Missing a little kick in the flavor department.

BlueeyedSara7's Review

April 06, 2014
Very good - will certainly make again.

Kjersten's Review

March 07, 2014
Very good. Will make this again. I made my daughter's per recipe and she enjoyed it just as much as regular grilled cheese. I added thin tomato slices and fresh basil to the adults' and they were very tasty!

smithker's Review

March 05, 2014
My husband and I really enjoyed this lightened up grilled cheese. Easy to make and yummy. We'll make this again.

Ehembree's Review

March 01, 2014
Oh, God, it's so good to eat a grilled cheese sandwich again! Due to a health condition I have to watch my fat intake closely. This version stays within my allowable fat grams and tastes absolutely decadent.

sukeedog's Review

March 01, 2014

ElizabethinMN's Review

February 24, 2014
Halve the mayo....a little goes a long way. But otherwise yummy (and great paired with the smoky bell pepper soup!).