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April is National Grilled Cheese Month


Classic grilled cheese sandwich

Yes, it’s true. The month of April has been dedicated to grilled cheese. The cheese gods were really looking out for us with this one.

There’s nothing wrong with a classic approach to your grilled cheese, but you can’t really eat the same grilled cheese every day, can you? (Please, feel free to prove me wrong on this.) Here are some offerings that put a twist on the old favorite and may push you outside your comfort zone a bit, all while providing you with delicious, melted cheese. What more could you ask for?

Kate’s Grilley

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A culture recipe inspired by our very own Kate Arding. A British take for a British cheese expert (who lovingly refers to grilled cheese as Grilleys), this sandwich features fromage blanc, Stilton, and Cowgirl Creamery’s Wagon Wheel. Perfect if you don’t want to be distracted by other flavors and focus on the cheese.

Fried Shrimp Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Photo Credit: Munchies | Vice

Photo Credit: Munchies | Vice

Fried shrimp, Cajun seasoning, and cornmeal in your grilled cheese—it’s like traveling to New Orleans without having to pay for the plane ticket! There’s no way to go wrong with cheese and seafood, especially when that seafood is battered and fried. Try with classic cheddar, or get a little adventurous and use manchego. The world is your oyster (or shrimp.) Thanks to VICE and Alisa Reynolds!

The Dilly Dally

Photo Credit: Grilled Cheese Social

Photo Credit: Grilled Cheese Social

This sandwich from Grilled Cheese Social has a silly name but is seriously impressive: In addition to Humboldt Fog and fresh ricotta, the Dilly Dally features jam, prosciutto, fried duck egg, and arugula. If it’s possible to fall in love with a sandwich, this might just be the one.

Cypress Grove Grilled Cheese

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No grilled cheese list would be complete without a recipe featuring goat cheese! Considering that it is also the Year of the Goat, having a grilled cheese with goat cheese this month is practically a requirement. This culture recipe uses Midnight Moon and fresh chèvre. Roasted red peppers serve as a buffer between the two cheeses. Isn’t it great when the stars align?

Spicy Mini Meatball Grilled Cheese

Photo Credit: How Sweet It Is

Photo Credit: How Sweet It Is

Remember the meatballs Mom used to make? Now you can make your own. Then mix them with fontina and provolone to create this oh-so-tasty meatball sub/grilled cheese concoction from How Sweet It Is. This recipe is everything you ever wanted in a pasta but puts it in a sandwich instead. Offer it up to the person in your life who refuses to eat a meal that doesn’t include meat. Then try it yourself.

Inside Out Grilled Cheese

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We get it. Sometimes you want something that’s simple and easy. Culture’s got your back. This grilled cheese is filled with Swiss and American (or cheddar). The twist? Coat the outside with shredded Parmesan and toast it in the pan. This way you get cheese inside and out. Sign us up!

Brie and Nutella Grilled Cheese

And finally, just in case you wanted something a little sweet to wash down all that grilled cheese, try this dessert option from Serious Eats. Pile Brie and Nutella onto some crusty French bread, toast it up, and enter grilled cheese heaven. Make sure to cut the rind off the Brie before you make the sandwich, though. Try it as a bedtime snack. Maybe you’ll dream of toasted cheese.

Gabrielle Roman

Gabrielle Roman is earning her Master's in Publishing and Writing at Emerson College in Boston. She is originally from Kansas City and misses the BBQ but the Thai food is good consolation. Her favorite hobby is cuddling with her puppy.