Although grilled cheese only requires three ingredients — bread, cheese, and butter — the sandwich has been reimagined all over the world, using ingredient add-ons and crazy new cooking methods. Whether it’s a smear of mustard spread, or a literal cook on the grill, there really is no bad way to make a grilled cheese — only better ways! National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day is April 12, so spread the gooey love and share one of these chef-inspired sandwiches with your cheese-loving friends.


If you’re a mustard fan, Ina’s special mustard, mayo, parmesan mix inside the bread will have you drooling. Add on her recommended equal parts shredded gruyere and shredded cheddar to a “good bakery loaf.” Oven-cooked chopped bacon bits finish it off before it gets grilled in the panini press.

What you’ll need:

  • Good bakery bread
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • Butter (for buttering the bread)
  • 6 ounces cheddar
  • 6 ounces of gruyere
  • 1 pound of bacon, cooked, roughly chopped

(Makes about 6 sandwiches)


If it’s an interesting grilled cheese cheese you’re going for, try out Giada’s take that included spinach and pancetta. Shredded Montery Jack and cheddar cheeses go into the food processor along with butter for spreadability, and a few handfuls of spinach. Grab two pieces of bakery-style bread and top with crumbles of salty pancetta before pressing in the panini maker.

What you’ll need:

  • Pre-sliced bakery style bread
  • 2 cups Monterey Jack
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Salt
  • 2 handfuls baby leaf spinach
  • Pancetta


Alton takes the “grilled” part of “grilled cheese” quite literally — and it’s definitely the most original grilled cheese method you’ve ever seen. His one-of-a-kind method cooks the bread and cheese separately on the grill before marrying them for some together time. “Good hearty, country style bread” along with freshly shredded extra sharp cheddar and gruyere make the backbone of the sandwich, while a spicy blend of dry mustard, smoked paprika and freshly ground black pepper get it some heat.

What you’ll need:

  • Country-style bread
  • Olive oil or butter, for buttering the bread
  • 3 ounces extra sharp cheddar, freshly shredded
  • 3 ounces gruyere, freshly shredded
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

jamie oliver’s ultimate GRILLED GRILLED CHEESE

You may think this a basic grilled cheese sandwich, but wait until the royal finish — a crown of toasty, melty cheese.

What you’ll need:

  • Room temperature butter
  • Good bread of your choice
  • Cheddar
  • Red Leicester
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Dipping sauces (optional)

chef fabio VIVIANA’S Italian grilled cheese

Sure, Americans try to claim grilled cheese, but is there really a country out there that can’t appreciate gooey cheese on bread? Chef Fabio, perhaps best know for his appearance on Bravo’s Top Chef, shows us how to take on the grilled cheese with Italian flavors.

What you’ll need:

  • Good crusty bread, maybe Sourdough — not white sandwich bread
  • Full fat butter
  • Mozzarella cheese (homemade if you’re up to the challenge)
  • Montasio cheese (from Northern Italy)
  • Grana Padano

Also see, Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day!

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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.