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Feb 18, 2011 05:58 AM

Grilled Cheese - favorite variations?

Cooking lunch for some friends this weekend and wanted to try a non-classic grilled cheese. Favorite twists?

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  1. Caramelized onions and blue cheese (Maytags my fave).
    Cheddar and apple or pear.

    Here are some other ideas:

    1. I've found that after buttering the bread, press the buttered side into some grated parmigiano or pecorino before grilling. It totally adds to the texture and flavor. Crispy cheesy salty bread.

      Try stuffing with brie and pears...or taleggio with roasted eggplant or roasted peppers and garlic...or bacon, spinach and white cheddar...etc.

      1. brie and thinly sliced apples or pears
        brie and raspberry jam or fig preserves
        manchego and serrano ham
        really creamy gouda and thin slices of kosher dills
        pepper jack and mango chutney or peach preserves

          1. any meat, or tuna. along with a strong, pungent cheese.