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The Best Ever Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.

Makes

4 servings

Spreading a mixture of mayo and butter on the bread creates a delightfully crispy crust with the well-loved, wonderful flavor of butter one expects on a grilled cheese sandwich.—Josh Rink, Taste of Home Food Stylist

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened, divided
  • 8 slices sourdough bread
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons finely shredded Manchego or Parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 4 ounces Brie cheese, rind removed and sliced

Directions

  1. Spread 3 tablespoons butter on 1 side of bread slices. Toast bread, butter side down, in a large skillet or electric griddle over medium-low heat until golden brown, 2-3 minutes; remove. In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, Manchego cheese, onion powder and remaining 3 tablespoons butter. In another bowl, combine cheddar, Monterey Jack and Gruyere.
  2. To assemble sandwiches, top toasted side of 4 bread slices with sliced Brie. Sprinkle cheddar cheese mixture evenly over Brie. Top with remaining bread slices, toasted side facing inward. Spread mayonnaise mixture on the outsides of each sandwich. Place in same skillet and cook until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted, 5-6 minutes on each side. Serve immediately.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Do you love those crunchy, crispy bits of cheese that fall out of the sandwich and caramelize on the pan? Adding the Manchego or Parmesan to the butter and mayonnaise mixture gives you a similar result.
  • If you're feeling nostalgic for grilled cheese on soft white bread, create a grown-up version using challah or brioche.
  • Check out the cheesiest recipes we've ever made.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 sandwich: 659 calories, 49g fat (27g saturated fat), 122mg cholesterol, 1017mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein.