In my humble opinion, this crispy, crunchy, cheesy masterpiece is the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich. Make sure you follow some basic rules for this to work properly. Only use airy, nutritionally insignificant white bread. Use a nice sharp cheddar and be sure to use a quality non-stick pan over medium to medium-low heat.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
1
Yield:
1 sandwich
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Melt 1 1/2 tablespoons butter in a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Place bread slices in the skillet on top of the melted butter.

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  • Spread about 1/4 cup Cheddar cheese on one slice of bread; place the other slice of bread, butter-side up, on top of the cheese. Spread about 2 tablespoons of cheese on top of the sandwich.

  • Melt remaining 1/2 tablespoon butter in the skillet next to the sandwich. Flip the sandwich onto the melted butter so that the cheese-side is facing down. Spread remaining cheese on top of the sandwich. Cook sandwich until cheese on the bottom is crispy and caramelized, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip sandwich and cook until cheese is crispy and caramelized on the other side, another 3 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

564 calories; protein 18.1g 36% DV; carbohydrates 26g 8% DV; fat 43.4g 67% DV; cholesterol 120.4mg 40% DV; sodium 854.9mg 34% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2014
This sandwich is amazing. I didn't think a grilled cheese could be improved but I am mistaken. The cheese on the outside of the bread had an amazing crunch and a different almost smoked tasting flavor and crunch that offset the melted cheese inside. All I can say is wow, I might make another one! Coleykim Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/24/2016
Well, when time came to flip the sandwich I had to practically destroy it prying it off the pan. The same thing happened again with the flip side. It tasted fairly good, but it did not look like a sandwich when it was done - more like an orange pile. I'm also not sure how I'll ever get all that crusty cheese off my cast iron skillet again. Next time I'm going to try using my one-and-only frying pan that nothing ever sticks to, even though it's technically not a "skillet" as the instructions prescribe. Read More
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84 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 64
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2014
This sandwich is amazing. I didn't think a grilled cheese could be improved but I am mistaken. The cheese on the outside of the bread had an amazing crunch and a different almost smoked tasting flavor and crunch that offset the melted cheese inside. All I can say is wow, I might make another one! Coleykim Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/25/2014
This was an extra delish cheesy experience for the comfort food crew. Having the browned cheese with the gooey cheese and the buttery crispy bread, is the perfect meal for any time of the day, but use an especially non stick pan, and if not up the butter if you want the cheese to stay intact. We use all sorts of different cheese, like of course American, Swiss, Pepperocini cheese, Fresh Mozzarella, and the list continues. Sometimes we add fresh tomato, but season first with salt and pepper, or ham, or bacon. I especially like Baby Swiss with Dijon mustard, and crispy pickles chips. Enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2014
This was simple to make and delicious. Another excellent recipe from Chef John. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2015
Made grilled cheese like this by accident once upon a time when I tried to over-stuff the sammy w/ cheese and half of it fell back out...it was delicious and now we make them like this on purpose:) delish! The crunch from the cheese on the outside is a wonderful contrast to the gooey inside - try it! Thank you Chef John for taking the time to share this. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/04/2016
No changes, just made it with 2 year old Balderson cheddar and it was fantastically good. Very, very rich, so I never felt so wealthy. To all my friends and enemies, go ahead make my day Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/19/2014
Thanks Chef John! I made this by accident for my daughter once and now we make grilled cheese like this all the time. I love your comment about the non-nutritional white bread. You can even get a little more un-nutrional and use a good ole American cheese slice in the middle. Cheddar on the outside all the way though! And I applaud you for sharing what others consider 'simple' recipes. There are people out there who have no idea how to cook and I think those of us who can (or in my case think I can) take it for granted. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2018
I used sliced cheese instead of shredded in the middle and it still melted wonderfully. We also prefer potato bread so I used that. Overall much easier to make than anticipated. Perfect blend of crunchy and gooey to add to the already classic grilled cheese. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/24/2016
Well, when time came to flip the sandwich I had to practically destroy it prying it off the pan. The same thing happened again with the flip side. It tasted fairly good, but it did not look like a sandwich when it was done - more like an orange pile. I'm also not sure how I'll ever get all that crusty cheese off my cast iron skillet again. Next time I'm going to try using my one-and-only frying pan that nothing ever sticks to, even though it's technically not a "skillet" as the instructions prescribe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2014
Genius! I never thought to add cheese to the outside so that the entire sandwich is browned cheese bite after bite. Previously whenever I would make grilled cheese I'd let some cheese hang off the edge of the sandwich to get browned and crisp and always saved that part for the last bite. To the doubters watch the video - it really is the method that makes this sandwich sooo delicious. Thanks Chef! Read More
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