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Great grilled cheeses!

 

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How do you like your grilled cheese sandwich? Whether you prefer a simple processed cheese on white, or a sharp cheddar on whole wheat with extra tomatoes and bacon, the grilled cheese sandwich is a classic ooey-gooey treat. 

Where did it come from?

just plain toast with grated cheese on it

Photo by Jessica and Lon Binder licensed CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 

The idea of eating cheese and bread together is not new. Historians say that people have been snacking on the combination since Ancient Roman times. However, the idea of grilling (heating or toasting) cheese sandwiches became more common in the 1920s when sliced bread was invented, and a man named James L. Kraft (yep, that Kraft, of Kraft Dinner and Kraft Singles fame) created a method to keep cheese from spoiling quickly. Early versions of the sandwich were made with only one slice of toasted bread topped with grated cheese.

There’s more than just cheddar

a photo collage if different types of cheese wheels

123RF/Malgorzata Kistryn

The popularity of the grilled cheese sandwich just keeps growing. By changing the type of bread (white, wheat, rye, pumpernickel, egg bread..), the type of cheese (Cheddar, Brie, Gouda, Swiss, goat...), and adding extras like tomatoes, apples, onions, ham or even salami, there are literally hundreds of thousands of different kinds to try. In fact, grilled-cheese-themed restaurants have popped up all over the world, offering new and delicious combinations.

Which of these grilled cheese sandwiches would you try?

 
 
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    Croque Monsieur

    A croque monsieur
    A croque monsieur

    Photo by Alpha licensed CC BY-SA 2.0

    Invented in France in 1910, some people consider this sandwich to be the first grilled cheese. It’s filled with ham, Dijon mustard and Gruyère cheese, then covered in béchamel (cream sauce) and grilled up nice and brown. If you top it with a fried egg, you can call it a Croque Madame!
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    Deep fried grilled cheese

    Deep fried grilled cheese
    Deep fried grilled cheese

    Photo by The Cut licensed CC BY 2.0

    If you like battered foods like fried chicken, tempura, or fish and chips, try taking a grilled cheese sandwich, covering it with batter and deep frying it. A super-crispy treat!

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    Grilled cheese with potato chips

    Photo courtesy of grilledcheesemania.com
    Photo courtesy of grilledcheesemania.com
    Speaking of crispy, this restaurant in Harrisonburg, Virginia, found another way adding some crunch to grilled cheese sandwiches by adding potato chips. Yum!
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    ​Rainbow grilled cheese

    Photo courtesy of Instagram/@hkfoodiexblogger
    Photo courtesy of Instagram/@hkfoodiexblogger
    There’s nothing better to make you feel happy on a sad day than a rainbow, and there’s nothing better to make your tummy feel happy when it’s hungry than a rainbow grilled cheese sandwich. This colourful dish was invented at a grilled cheese restaurant in Hong Kong.
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    ​Doughnut grilled cheese

    Photo courtesy of blog tastespotting.com
    Photo courtesy of blog tastespotting.com
    An American grilled cheese restaurant chain came up with the great idea to see what would happen when you use a glazed doughnut instead of bread. Awesome!
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    ​Waffle grilled cheese

    Photo courtesy of southernbite.com
    Photo courtesy of southernbite.com
    Here’s a way to make breakfast more interesting. Use a waffle iron instead of a pan to create a sandwich that goes great with maple syrup. And while you’re there, try swapping out regular bread for some biscuit dough. Mmmm...grilled cheese biscuit waffle!
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    Ramen noodle grilled cheese

    Photo courtesy of blogger thefoodinmybeard
    Photo courtesy of blogger thefoodinmybeard
    For the days when you can’t decide if you want a bowl of noodle soup or a grilled cheese sandwich, just combine them both!