5 Genius Grilled Cheese Combinations You Need To Try
Cheddar will never steer you wrong, but sometimes you just need a little three-cheese action in your life. There is a time and a place for a good, old-fashioned cheddar grilled cheese, and there’s a time when only a hefty havarti, Swiss and taleggio grilled cheese will do. Here’s a go-to roster of grilled cheese combinations that is bound to satisfy all of your comfort food cravings.
1. Gruyere And Jack
For those “treat yourself” days (whether that’s once a month or every day — we don’t judge), there are few things as indulgent as a thick gruyere grilled cheese. Gruyere is a nutty, tangy and melty cheese that’s perfect for fondue, grilled cheese and mac ‘n’ cheese. It’s not cheap, but you’ll never regret treating yourself when gruyere is involved. Pair the gruyere with a cow’s milk cheese like Monterey Jack for extra cheesiness. And if you want to get creative, add in fruity flavors like strawberry preserves, honey or caramelized onions.
2. Swiss And Dill Havarti
The semi-hard holed cheese that we know and love has a relatively mild flavor and slices nice and clean, which makes it the best cheese for sandwiches and appetizers. Havarti is a buttery, semi-soft cheese with a creamy color and slightly sweet flavor that becomes this creamy herbaceous ingredient when dill is involved. Melt them between toasted sourdough with sautéed spinach, and you’ll be a happy camper.
3. Muenster, Sharp Provolone And Fontina
Don’t forget about muenster. The semi-soft cheese has an orange tint to it from annatto, a sweet and nutty seasoning that’s used to flavor and color cheeses like cheddar and Colby. With a smooth and mild flavor, muenster cheese is an awesome partner for an Italian-style sharp provolone and a semi-firm creamy cow’s milk cheese like fontina. Fontina is a mildly tangy addition that’ll add a nutty and buttery component to your grilled cheese. Top your sandwich with a juicy tomato or some crunchy bacon.
4. Feta, White Cheddar And Pepper Jack
A crumbly salty cheese like feta adds a pop of flavor to any grilled cheese. It won’t melt like other cheeses, but it will get pretty soft. If you want to make sure your grilled cheese has that stringy and melted look, add a slice or two of white cheddar and pepper jack. You’ll get a little bit of sharpness from the cheddar and a spicy kick from the pepper jack. Top your grilled cheese with a few hot or roasted peppers and drizzle something sweet on top like a thick balsamic glaze.
5. Smoked Gouda And Havarti
Smokey cheese isn’t for everyone, but smoked gouda ranks high up there in terms of cheeses that can stand on their own two feet. The pale yellow smokey cheese has a buttery and semi-hard texture that packs in a ton of flavor. A mild, smooth cheese like Havarti can be your supporting role for an extra layer of cheesiness. Caramelize a bunch of onions with thyme or rosemary and stack that on top of the cheese before you start the melting process.