Few things are more synonymous with childhood meals than a simple, gooey grilled cheese. The good news is that you can enjoy slightly a more sophisticated version of the kiddie classic long after you’ve learned to tie your shoes.
- Mix up the cheese: Expand your world beyond the typical American slices—try sharp cheddar, Gruyere, Fontina, Muenster or even ricotta to shake up your taste buds.
- Make it meaty: Add a protein like prosciutto, bacon, turkey or tuna to beef your sandwich up to hearty meal status.
- Pack in the produce: There’s almost no limit to the power of creativity when it comes to packing your grown-up grilled cheese with fruits and veggies. Tomato, arugula, pear, apple, avocado, onions—all are fair game.
- Up the flavor: Elevate your sandwich’s adult-only status by throwing in some extra punches of flavor, using anything from herbs (think basil or sage) to sweet preserves to hot peppers.