Everyone knows how to make grilled cheese, right? It’s super easy – you just slather bread with butter, cover with cheese and toast in a skillet. Why would I give you a recipe for grilled cheese? Well, I came up with this recipe while I was moving. My constraint was that I had ingredients for a grilled cheese with ham sandwich but I realized at the last minute that I had already packed my skillet! But, I had a sheet pan still out and I thought, maybe I could try and make this in the oven. Well, after I made it and ate it, I fell in love with this recipe and now that I’ve moved and have my skillets, I still make grilled cheese sandwiches this way.
My method for grilled cheese without a skillet is quite unique!
My method is to first brush the bread with a combination of olive oil and butter. Then, I broil the bread until it’s brown and turn it over. On the other side, I broil it quickly, just to take away the softness. Then, I coat it with grated cheese – gruyere is my favorite, but you can use whatever you like. I place the cheese coated bread back in the broiler. What happens is that the cheese melts INTO the bread! It’s so amazing. When it comes out, you can eat it as a traditional grilled cheese or add toppings. Personally, I prefer grilled cheese with caramelized onions, but as you can see above, I also add ham and/or roasted red peppers. It may look like the sandwich doesn’t have much cheese, but it’s actually even cheesier than normal because the cheese soaks into and slightly caramelizes onto the bread. I use english muffin bread from Model Bakery in Napa because it’s the best.
If you love grilled cheese sandwiches, please try it this way and I know you will love it as much as I do. The cheese doesn’t clump in the middle and it gets super creamy from being broiled. Try it with other toppings, too. Pour yourself a nice glass of wine and enjoy!
Skillet Grilled Cheese
- 2 slices of bread per sandwich
- 1.5 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 8 oz. grated gruyere, cheddar or cheese of your choice
- Toppings of your choice, such as caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, ham, jalapenos or pickles
- Step 1 Turn on broiler.
- Step 2 Place bread in sheet pan and brush the bread with a combination of olive oil and butter.
- Step 3 Broil the bread until it’s brown around 3.5 minutes (but watch carefully because all broilers are different and the bread that you use can take a shorter amount of time).
- Step 4 Turn the bread over for about 1 minute until softness is gone.
- Step 5 Add liberal amount of grated cheese to both slices and broil again for about 1.5 minutes. You want to see the cheese completely melted into the bread and starting to get a little color.
- Step 6 Remove from broiler, top with desired toppings and place together.
Wine pairing: This is quite versatile; I would recommend a chardonnay, zinfandel or pinot noir.