Grilled cheese has grown to become a gooey comfort food classic over the past century. During the Great Depression, an open-faced variation on the sandwich called a “cheese dream” rose in popularity due to the affordability of processed cheese and pre-sliced bread. The Huffington Post reports that the 1960s ushered in a boon in the closed-faced variety, resulting in today’s gooey, classic comfort food.
Today, this food remains an American favorite: Crispy on the outside and melty on the inside, there are countless ways to dress up this standard. Adding meats, switching up your breads and cheeses, or adding fruits and spices give you endless ways to enjoy the classic.
Try whipping together any of these 18 variations on grilled cheeses for a deliciously simple sandwich adventure.
1. White Pizza Grilled Cheese
You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t like pizza or grilled cheeses, so why not combine these two delicious dishes with this White Pizza Grilled Cheese from How Sweet Eats? Using grated cheeses will allow for quicker and more even melting in your sandwich, as a garlic-infused mascarpone lends it a creamy, flavorful touch.