Would you like to know how to make the best-grilled cheese sandwich in the world? I grew up with grilled cheese sandwiches made with cheddar cheese on white bread spread with butter on both sides and grilled on a cast iron pan or griddle. When I met my husband, Mark, he introduced me to Miracle Whip salad dressing. His family used to spread a thin layer of Miracle Whip on one slice of the bread before grilling them.
I just barely tried this by mistake when my husband made the grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner the other night. I’m sold on it now. I grew up dipping my sandwich in tomato ketchup. Mark’s mother called it catsup. The bottle says ketchup so I’m not sure where that came from. We always have Campbell’s cream of tomato soup with ours, do you?
Well, grilled cheese sandwiches have come a long way, baby. I like to make them with different types of bread, various sauces, and different kinds of cheeses and other yummy add-ons. My favorite today is Havarti cheese, but only when it’s on sale. You may know that I make homemade white bread and whole wheat bread, so obviously, Mark and I will use my bread most of the time. Now we don’t eat these often, but I just had to share a few new ideas with you today. Please share yours and I will add them to the post.
Grilled Cheese Sandwich Ideas
Let’s step outside the box today and share ideas with each other. I was raised to spread a little soft butter on the outside of the bread that will be grilled with the cheese in the middle. Sometimes we add more than just cheese in the sandwich. I will share those ideas with you as well down below. I preheat my griddle and place the sandwiches on medium heat and then turn it down to make sure the cheese in the middle melts. I flip the sandwich when one side is lightly browned. Keep watching them so they don’t overcook (burn), and turn the heat down again if you need to so the cheese will melt.
White fluffy bread
Whole wheat bread
Rye bread (this makes me want to make a patty melt, what about you?)
Olive loaf bread
Pretzel rolls thinly sliced
Leftover waffles (yep these are yummy)
Velveeta cheese (I almost forgot this one I grew up using this cheese)
Spicy Jack cheese
Things I like to add to my grilled cheese sandwiches:
Place any of these on top of the cheese between the bread of choice so they heat through and the cheese melts around them.
Thinly sliced raw onion rings (not battered)
Ham or Salami slices
Sweet jalapenos, sliced
Basil on Mozarella is awesome
Cooked bacon (thanks Noreen for reminding me about this one)
Pineapple slice (thank you, Diane)
Green chilies (thank you, Lise)
Sauces or Dips:
In Utah, we are known for our fry sauce, which is basically mayonnaise or Miracle whip mixed with ketchup or barbecue sauce and some pepper with Lawry’s salt. Here’s the deal, I always start with 1/2 cup of mayonnaise or Miracle Whip and add the following ingredients shown below. Mix the ingredients as listed together and use as a spread or to dip your grilled cheese sandwich.
Fry Sauce: 1/2 cup Miracle Whip or mayonnaise, 1/4 ketchup or barbecue sauce or chili sauce, pepper and, a little sugar
Basil Mayonnaise: 1/2 cup mayonnaise or Miracle Whip, 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil (it’s easy to grow and freeze), 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Pesto Mayonnaise: 1/2 heaping cup mayonnaise or Miracle Whip and one teaspoon of your favorite pesto
Honey Mustard: 1/2 cup mayonnaise or Miracle Whip, 1-1/2 tablespoons prepared mustard, 2 tablespoons of real honey. 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice, 1-1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
Cilantro Mayonnaise: 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 2 finely chopped green onions, one tablespoon finely chopped cilantro and 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of pure Asian sesame oil
Horseradish Mayonnaise: 1/2 cup mayonnaise. one tablespoon white horseradish (bottled) and one teaspoon lemon juice. If you don’t have fresh lemon juice this is the next best thing: Santa Cruz Juice, Lemon, 100% Organic, 16 oz You can get this cheaper at health food stores, but I want you to see what the jar looks like. I use this product on everything including in my homemade whole wheat bread.
Please tell me your favorite grilled cheese sandwich ideas and I will add them to my list. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless you for your efforts.
My favorite tools to make these sandwiches: