30 *Insane* Grilled Cheese Recipes to Keep You Cheesing All Month
As if you needed a reason to indulge in a grilled cheese sandwich (or two), April is National Grilled Cheese Month. Whether you’re looking for a traditional savory grilled cheese, a sugary Nutella filled option or a mix of the two (think: raisin bread grilled cheese with Red Leicester), you’ll find them all here. Stock up on bread and call your cheese monger, because we’ve got you covered with 30 epic grilled cheese recipes that will have you eating something different every day of the month.
1. Apple Cheddar Bacon Grilled Cheese: This trio of flavors is a classic combo that will never go out of style. Make sure you use extra sharp cheddar and thick-cut bacon to get as much flavor as possible out of your sandwich. (via Jeanie and Lulu’s Kitchen)
2. Bacon Cheddar Grilled Cheese Egg in a Hole: Lucky for you, your favorite childhood breakfast just became a grilled cheese. No, we’re not talking about a cinnamon toast crunch grilled cheese (although that does sound delicious). If you start your day with this sandwich, you’ll be more than ready to take on whatever life throws at you. (via Whisk Kid)
3. Bacon Mac and Cheese Melt: Have leftover mac and cheese? Don’t throw it out — make a grilled cheese! Just add bacon and chopped jalapeño for spice, and you’re ready for carb-loaded goodness. (via Real Food by Dad)
4. Bacon, Spinach and Dill Grilled Cheese: Dill adds bright flavor to an otherwise heavy grilled cheese. The addition of bacon and spinach makes it a well-rounded lunch, especially when made on wheat bread. (via Sunny With a Chance of Sprinkles)
5. Bacon and Fig Grilled Cheese: You can’t go wrong with a little pig and fig! The fig jam offers a subtle sweetness welcomed by the salty bacon and goat cheese. Use a hearty wheat bread to complement the earthiness of the filling. (via The Merry Thought)
6. Roast Beef Grilled Cheese Sandwich: This Philly cheesesteak wannabe is a whole meal between two slices of bread. You could use any cheese you like, but Provolone gives it that authentic cheesesteak vibe. (via Sandra’s Easy Cooking)
7. Beer Bread Grilled Beer Cheese Sandwich With Bacon: You read that right — this sandwich uses moist cake-like beer bread as the vehicle for a creamy beer cheese filling. You must wash it down with a cold brewski, obvi. (via The Beeroness)
8. Candied Whiskey Bacon Grilled Cheese Dippers: It’s really hard not to keep a grilled cheese all to yourself, but sometimes it’s better to share. These dippers work great as a party appetizer when served with creamy tomato soup for dunking. (via The Cookie Rookie)
9. Caramelized Butternut, Roasted Garlic and Coconut Butter Grilled Cheese: Thick slices of butternut squash beef up the filling of this grilled cheese while adding a hint of sweetness. For a quicker and cheesier melt, use shredded cheese instead of slices. (via How Sweet It Is)
10. Cornbread Brisket Grilled Cheese: The quickest way to transform your grilled cheese is to switch up your usual bread. Using cornbread with barbecue brisket filling is an obvious and delicious pairing that should be your new summer grilled cheese go-to. (via Neurotic Baker)
11. A Very Gouda Grilled Cheese: This grilled cheese hits all flavor and texture notes to ensure that there’s nothing missing from your dinner. Prosciutto lends the perfect amount of saltiness, while berry jam adds a bit of sweetness. Apple slices bring a nice crunch to the table as an avalanche of creamy gouda oozes over top. (via My Dish Is Bomb)
12. Grilled Nutella, Brie, Pear and Fig Grilled Cheese: News flash: Grilled cheese doesn’t have to be savory! Brie is the perfect cheese to use if you’re planning on going the dessert route because of its mild flavor. Go big and slather it with a spoonful of Nutella for good measure. (via Cake N Knife)
13. Grilled Peach Mozzarella and Basil Sandwiches: You can still rock a grilled cheese if you’re wanting to grill out. Fresh peach slices make this sandwich a summertime treat you just have to experience. Grab some basil from your urban garden, and get to grilling. (via Ricotta and Radishes)
14. Jalapeño Bacon Turkey Melt: If you’ve ever roasted a whole turkey, you know that there are usually tons of leftovers. This grilled cheese is a great way to use up those hearty slices of turkey breast that you just can’t seem to get rid of. Thick slices of Italian bread work great for this sandwich that’s filled to the brim with flavor. (via So Munch Love)
15. Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese With Bacon: Sometimes that jalapeño craving strikes, and you just can’t stop thinking about it. This grilled cheese is your spicy solution. If you’re up for an extra kick, add some of the juice from the pickled jalapeños to your cream cheese mixture. (via Neurotic Baker)
16. Lasagna Grilled Cheese: This may take a *little* extra effort, but it’s way worth it. Plus, it’s hard to justify making an entire lasagna when you’re the only one who’s eating. This way, you can have lasagna whenever you want. (via Joanie Simon)
17. Hot Muffuletta Sandwich: Every day is Mardi Gras when you’re sitting down to devour this sandwich. Three different kinds of deli meat are layered with a bevy of chopped olives and luscious Provolone. Now all you need are beignets to finish off this New Orleans-inspired meal. (via Hapa Nom Nom)
18. Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich With Brie: It’s safe to say your mom has never made you a PB & J like this before. The method is simple, but totally customizable. Like more peanut butter? Pile it on! Prefer a thin layer of everything? You can do that too. (via Healthy Nibbles and Bits)
19. Peach, Pistachio and Cream Cheese Toasted Sandwiches: A grilled cheese is not a place you would normally find nuts, but the pistachios here add a surprising, salty crunch. This is more of a dessert grilled cheese since it’s filled with peaches and honey-sweetened cream cheese, but it would make a great snack as well. (via Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind)
20. Italian Pesto and Marinated Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich: This Italian take on grilled cheese is made with balsamic marinated tomatoes, roasted red pepper pesto and a blend of Italian cheeses. Beware — you’ll want to put that pesto on absolutely everything. (via Chili Pepper Madness)
21. Portobello Gouda Grilled Cheese: That’s not chicken you see there, folks. Those are meaty strips of portobello mushrooms smothered in Gouda and kale pesto. This is a perfect meat-free sandwich, hearty enough to be an entire meal. (via One Broads Journey)
22. Pueblo Chile Grilled Cheese With Strawberry Jam: Roasted green chiles offer a gentle heat that’s in no way overpowering to the rest of the sandwich. In fact, they play quite well with the strawberry jam and buttery cheddar. Welcome to comfort food central. (via Set the Table)
23. Raisin Bread Grilled Cheese: Sometimes simplicity is best. While this grilled cheese has no crazy ingredients in the filling (just cheese!), the raisin bread is a welcomed change from standard white bread. (via The Worktop)
24. Steak and Mushroom Grilled Cheese: The leftover steak lingering in your fridge needs to be repurposed in the form of this grilled cheese. If you don’t have any or don’t feel like grilling a batch just for this sandwich, roast beef would work too. (via The Cozy Apron)
25. Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich: This Thai popcorn chicken is SO worth every second it takes to prepare. When layered between toasted bread with a sweet chile sauce, it’ll pretty much make all of your worries disappear. (via Curious Nut)
26. Tomato and Provolone Grilled Cheese With Kalamata Olive Chutney: There’s something about an olive that just adds a little extra oomph to anything you pair it with, and this grilled cheese is no exception. Store-bought olive tapenade would work as a time-saving alternative to the homemade chutney. (via Cake N Knife)
27. Waffled Tater Tot Grilled Cheese: That freezer-burned bag of tater tots sitting at the back of your fridge is *finally* about to fulfill its epic destiny. The only other ingredient in this show-stopping grilled cheese is Fontina, which gives it just the right amount of class. (via Real Food by Dad)
28. Caramelized Onion and Gruyere Grilled Cheese Sandwich: French onion soup, meet grilled cheese. The mash-up of these two culinary creations makes for one delightful sandwich. Prep the caramelized onions earlier in the week, and you’ll never get hangry once dinnertime rolls around. (via Greens and Chocolate)
29. Mushroom Melt: Kick your boring weeknight meal plan to the curb, and whip up this rustic grilled cheese in no time. While you’re cracking open a can of soup to go with it, your grilled cheese is just finishing up and waiting to be inhaled. (via Frugal Nutrition)
30. Grilled Cheese and Egg Sandwiches: Grilled cheese is the ultimate breakfast of champions. Fluffy scrambled eggs and sharp cheddar mingle between two slices of wheat bread for a balanced breakfast that will keep you full and satisfied all morning. (via Breakfast for Dinner)
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B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
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(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
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My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
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Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
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Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
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Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
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The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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