Grown Up Grilled Cheese- 3 Delicious Options!

Part of being a parent is finding things that your picky toddlers will eat, and sometimes you don’t feel like making 8 different meals. My husband and I love grilled cheese and on occasion, my daughter will eat one too.

Recently we wanted a no frills dinner and decided to do sandwiches and chips. We kept it simple with grilled cheese, but we added a few more delicious ingredients to ours to make it even better!

We have a Panini maker at home and really enjoy using it to make different sandwiches, although most of the time it tends to fall in line with grilled cheese as the starting point. So with that, I present to you, Grown Up Grilled Cheese! Just a fancy way of saying this will probably taste better than a plain grilled cheese.

We use the Texas toast loaf bread for the majority of our sandwiches because it’s a little thicker and not super sweet. We also like the multigrain and wheat breads as well.

Option 1: Grilled Ham/Turkey and Cheese

  1. 2 slices of bread
  1. 1-2 slices of American or provolone cheese (you can use any cheese you would like)
  1. 2-4 slices of ham/turkey (use more/less based on your preference)
  1. Mustard (optional)

Take 1 slice of bread and smear mustard (however much you would like) across the bread. Place 1 slice of cheese on the mustard. Add slices of deli meat on top of the cheese. Add second slice of cheese (optional). Place other slice of bread on top.

Place sandwich into the panini maker or on a non-stick pan and cook until golden brown on both sides, flipping over every few minutes to keep it from burning (if cooking on the stove). Once it is cooked to your liking, remove from the panini maker/stove and serve with a side of chips.

Option 2: Caprese Grilled Cheese

  1. 2 slices of bread
  2. 1-2 slices of mozzarella cheese
  3. 1 tomato, thinly sliced
  4. 2-3 fresh basil leaves
  5. Balsamic vinegar

Take 1 slice of bread and add 1 slice of mozzarella cheese. Carefully drizzle a small amount of balsamic vinegar on top of the cheese (it won’t stick so if you pour too much, it will go everywhere and make a mess), then add a tomato slice on top. Add a few basil leaves on top of the tomato. Next, add a second slice of mozzarella cheese, followed by another slice of tomato, and balsamic vinegar drizzled on top of the tomato. Add the second piece of bread to complete the sandwich.

Place sandwich into the panini maker or on a non-stick pan and cook until golden brown on both sides, flipping over every few minutes to keep it from burning (if cooking on the stove). Once it is cooked to your liking, remove from the panini maker/stove and serve with a side of chips.

Option 3: Deluxe Grilled Cheese

  1. 2 slices of bread
  2. 1-2 slices of cheese (your choice)
  3. 1 tomato, sliced into thin slices
  4. 1 avocado, sliced into thin slices

Take 1 slice of bread and add 1 piece of cheese to it. Add the thinly sliced avocado and tomato. Next, add another slice of cheese, followed by the other slice of bread.

Place sandwich into the panini maker or on a non-stick pan and cook until golden brown on both sides, flipping over every few minutes to keep it from burning (if cooking on the stove). Once it is cooked to your liking, remove from the panini maker/stove and serve with a side of chips.

All of these sandwiches can be modified in numerous ways by adding additional ingredients or removing items you don’t like. Some additional ingredients to consider are:

  • Bacon
  • Other deli meats- roast beef, pastrami, pepperoni
  • Other vegetables- onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, olives, pickles, bell peppers
  • Sauces- mayonnaise, garlic spread, garlic aioli
  • Other cheese- pepper jack, Swiss, Colby Jack
  • Different breads
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