10 best grilled cheese recipes

Grown-up twists on a classic comfort food, mix it up a little with our top grilled cheese recipes

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Crusty on the outside, warm and gooey in the middle, grilled-cheese sandwiches spell comfort, no matter how you slice them. Start with a good melting cheese, and beyond that, the combos are endless.

1 Italian indulgence Spread 2 thick slices of Italian bread with garlic butter. Cover with sliced mozzarella. Top 1 with roasted red peppers, then a scattering of fresh basil leaves. Sandwich together. Butter the outside. Cook in a frying pan or sandwich grill.

2 Garlicky Parisian Spread a slice of crusty French bread with garlic butter. Top with cooked asparagus spears. Crumble roquefort overtop or cover with slices of Camembert. Generously sprinkle with dried tarragon. Broil until melted.

3 Mediterranean pita Spread a pita with pesto. Add a layer of thinly sliced tomatoes. Mix feta with chopped sun-dried tomatoes and black olives, then sprinkle overtop. Broil until it melts a little.

4 Spiced apricot chutney Spread 2 slices of white bread with mango chutney. Lay slices of mozzarella on both. Sprinkle with cumin. Top 1 slice with slivers of dried apricots. Sandwich together and butter the outside. Cook in a frying pan or sandwich grill.

5 Smokin’ cheddar Layer 2 slices of white or rye bread with smoked cheddar or smoked Gouda. Cover 1 side with pickles, the other with prosciutto. Sandwich together. Butter the outside. Cook in a frying pan or sandwich grill.

6 Sweet and spicy Cover 2 slices of raisin bread with havarti cheese with jalapeno. Add a few arugula leaves. Sandwich together. Butter the outside. Cook in a frying pan or sandwich grill.

7 German ham and cheese Spread 2 slices of light rye bread with grainy mustard. Cover with a layer of Muenster, Tilsit or Cambozola. Lightly sprinkle 1 side with caraway seeds, then add a slice of Black Forest ham. Sandwich together. Butter the outside and cook in a frying pan or sandwich grill.

8 O Canada Cover 2 slices of bread with nippy cheddar. Top 1 with cooked peameal bacon or thin apple wedges sprinkled with cinnamon. Sandwich together. Butter the outside. Cook in a frying pan or sandwich grill.

9 Hot-pepper chèvre Lightly spread 2 slices of egg bread or baguette with spicy red-pepper jelly. Generously crumble goat cheese over 1 side. Sandwich together. Butter the outside and cook in a frying pan or sandwich grill.

10 Stampede meltdown Stir shredded leftover pork or beef with enough barbecue sauce to moisten. Add a dash of hot sauce, if you like. Pile on a big piece of crusty country bread. Top with a thick slice of Swiss or fontina. Broil until melted.