Cheese Sandwiches

Cheese and bread are two of our favorite foods, and they taste even better together. Whether it's feta and focaccia, Gruyere and brioche or cheddar and pumpernickel, these two can do no wrong. One of our favorite cheesy sandwiches is asparagus and goat cheese on a baguette. The asparagus is both raw and roasted, and layered onto the crusty bread with creamy avocado, fresh mint and a little red wine vinegar. For something a little meltier, we love to stack gruyere, sautéed onions, Dijon mustard and pickles on sandwich bread and grill it until it's toasty. Find these recipes and more in F&W's guide to cheese sandwiches.

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Opulent Grilled Cheese  
Rating: Unrated 2
Inspired by Margaret Eby's love of Zabar's in New York City, the combination of creamy, silky Taleggio and nutty aged Gruyère cheeses in these small but decadent sandwiches results in the perfect melt, with plenty of flavor. Pops of fresh salinty from lightly smashed capers stirred into sweet, jammy strawberries balance the richness. Use Tiptree Little Scarlet Strawberry Preserves for the ultimate version of this sandwich—it is made from tiny, sweet strawberries. You can find it at Zabar's or online at
Sweet-and-Smoky Grilled Cheese Toastie
A combination of chipotle-spiked béchamel and mild Comté cheese melt together to create the rich, creamy center in this pressed “toastie” sandwich.
Grilled Cheese with Corn and Calabrian Chile
Rating: Unrated 1
Nancy Silverton’s L.A. restaurant Pizzeria Mozza celebrates unfussy, straightforward, focused food that uses fresh California produce. This upgraded grilled cheese by the 1990 BNC alum is filled with a charred sweet corn-studded blend of nutty English-cheddar, sharp caciocavallo, and just enough mayonnaise to bind it all together. Thick slices of sourdough get a beautifully buttery, golden crust in a cast iron skillet, while Calibrian chile sneaks in with just the right amount of heat. Satisfyingly rich, sharp, and indulgent, cheese filling is a knockout on burgers, or even as a hot dip with crackers and crudités.Related: More Grilled Cheese RecipesThe Best Way to Make Grilled Cheese
Mini Brie Sandwiches with Quick Balsamic-Leek Jam
These crisp, buttery, and supremely gooey grilled cheese sandwiches get fantastic tang from sourdough bread and a bright mustardy bite from leeks. They were inspired by a quiche that TV personality Alex Guarnaschelli ate years ago made from brioche layered with caramelized leeks and baked with Gruyère and Parmesan. In this version, she uses Brie because she says that while there are cheeses with more distinct flavor, no other cheese ends up so creamy.
Knife-and-Fork Grilled Cheese with Honey
Rating: Unrated 2
Chef Chris Cosentino proves here that you can elevate the humble grilled cheese sandwich into something magical with just a few tweaks. His buttery, crisp version is filled with luscious Taleggio cheese, then drizzled with honey and sprinkled with flaky salt and coarsely ground black pepper. It’s so simple, but also jaw-droppingly good. Slideshow: More Grilled Cheese Recipes 
The Best Bread for Grilled Cheese
When you're making a sophisticated, complex, grown-up grilled cheese, you need something a little sturdier than white bread. Here, the best breads for grilled cheese sandwiches.

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20 Melty Grilled Cheeses You Need to Try
Crisp bread that shatters with each bite; savory, melty cheese that stretches as you pull it apart. Sometimes, nothing beats a good grilled cheese, and the fact that there's a national holiday dedicated to it even further cements our belief that this is the king of all sandwiches. But you don't just have to limit yourself to plain cheese and bread—try adding honey (trust us on this one), slapping on tomato and prosciutto, or mixing Fontina with mushroom and sage. We've gathered all of our favorite recipes to celebrate the humble grilled cheese—all you have to do is pick which one to make first.
Époisses Grilled Cheese and Pepper Jelly Sandwiches
This indulgent sandwich from chef Vivian Howard is a fun combination of Époisses, the pungent French cow-milk cheese, and sweet and spicy pepper jelly. Slideshow:  More Grilled Cheese Recipes