Few meals top the combination of mounds of melted cheese and perfectly toasted bread that makes up the beloved grilled cheese. Add avocado, bacon, caramelized onions, or extra Brie, and you’ve got what we like to call a mouthgasm.
Before running to the nearest sandwich shop in hopes of finding your taste buds’ cheesy soul mate, consider this: Grilled cheese is one of the easiest (and cheapest!) sandwiches you can make at home. And odds are you have the ingredients on hand. It’s also easy to transform the bread-and-cheese confection from simple to gourmet—meaning it’s ideal to entertain both kids and foodies.
These nine grilled cheese recipes will make you look like a Top Chef while leaving your savings account in tact. Say cheese.
1. Balsamic Blueberry Grilled Cheese
Full of antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C, blueberries are one super superfood. And while they might not seem like a natural fit for grilled cheese, this recipe indicates otherwise. With your white cheese of choice (we suggest goat), a handful of greens, and plenty of berries, this sandwich just may be your new favorite.
2. Smashed Avocado and Roasted Tomato Grilled Cheese
Sure, avocados are delicious. But they’re even better when mashed with salt and pepper and spread over whole-grain bread. Loaded with vitamin-rich arugula, tomatoes, and crumbled blue cheese, this sandwich will leave both your heart and stomach happy.