A grilled cheese sandwich is pure comfort food and one of the best go-to meals when money is tight, but who knew it could get even better? Add cheese to the OUTSIDE of the bread for a food hack that delivers a slightly crispy, even cheesier sandwich to swoon over.

There’s no need for extra ingredients or even much effort to make grilled cheese, well, cheesier. Instead of piling on more cheese to the inside of a sandwich (not that there’s anything wrong with that), this version calls for cheese on the outside of the sandwich that will result in extra crispiness not only around the edges, but on both sides too.

Of course, no one needs a recipe for a classic grilled cheese, but here are some tips for making a super tasty inside-and-out grilled cheese sandwich. First, add a little cheese to some melted butter. I use two tablespoons of melted butter and two tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese for one sandwich. Grated Parmesan is a little easier to handle than shredded cheese, but all of it works.

Next, brush the mixture on two slices of bread. The cheese and butter sides will be the outside of the sandwich that hits the pan.

Add one slice, cheese and butter side down, to a hot pan. Add your favorite cheese to the top of the bread (for the inside of the sandwich). Top with the second slice of bread (cheese and butter side up), and flip when the time comes. Cook the grilled cheese as usual, slice, and enjoy the extra crispiness and cheesiness of this souped-up version of the classic sandwich. Does it get any better than this?

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