Grilled Cheese Grows Up

Gourmet Grilled Cheese A few special ingredients can transform a grilled cheese sandwich from a child's lunch into an adult's delight.
You’re never too old for a hot, gooey grilled cheese, and restaurants are embracing the childhood staple. Last year Ryan Afromsky, 26, opened meltDown etc., a Culver City, California, eatery specializing in the cheesy classic. His tips for making a sophisticated sandwich:


  • 1.

    Don't Skimp

    Fresh sourdough bread and European-style butter make a huge difference.

  • 2.

    Melt the Butter

    And brush it on the bread (and crust) before grilling, for a uniform texture and rich flavor.

  • 3.

    Get Cheesy

    Havarti, fontina, jalapeño Jack or goat cheese can add a flavorful spin.

  • 4.

    Go Beyond Tomatoes

    Add caramelized onions, pesto, Italian salami, figs or apples.

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