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A knife-and-fork situation, with plenty of crunch and gooey, melty textures going on.


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more, room temperature, for bread
  • 8 slices cranberry-walnut or country-style bread
  • 6 ounces raclette or Gruyère, grated
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • Truffle honey or regular honey (for serving)

Recipe Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 300°. Heat a large skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium. Butter one side of each slice of bread and place 4 slices in skillet, buttered side down. Top bread with cheese, reduce heat to low, and cook until underside is golden brown and cheese is melted, about 4 minutes.

  • Top with remaining bread, buttered side up, turn sandwiches and cook until second side is golden brown, about 2 minutes. Transfer sandwiches to a rimmed baking sheet and place in oven to keep warm.

  • Melt remaining 2 Tbsp. butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Crack eggs into skillet; season with salt and pepper. Cook until whites are set but yolks are still runny, about 2 minutes.

  • Drizzle sandwiches with honey and top each with a fried egg.

Recipe by Zest Exciting Food Creations in Indianapolis IN,Photos by Peter Frank Edwards

Nutritional Content

Calories (kcal) 610 Fat (g) 31 Saturated Fat (g) 14 Cholesterol (mg) 230 Carbohydrates (g) 62 Dietary Fiber (g) 4 Total Sugars (g) 2 Protein (g) 27 Sodium (mg) 1130Reviews Section

Egg-in-a-Hole Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe

Why It Works

  • A combination of soft-cooked fried eggs and melty grilled cheese makes a delightfully messy sandwich (to be eaten with a knife and fork!).
  • Pre-toasting the bread in the skillet allows you to avoid overcooking the eggs once they're cracked in.

Egg-in-a-hole has long been one of our favorite breakfasts: Cut a hole out of a slice of bread, cook in butter, break an egg into the hole. Following a brilliant idea we first saw on Reddit, we decided to try building a grilled cheese sandwich out of two of those bad boys—and deliciousness ensued.

"Holy cow, was this good! It's really worth the extra time to make the garlic spread."

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Fried Egg Grilled Cheese Sandwich


  • 6 slices of French bread or sourdough
  • 3 eggs
  • 9 leaves of spinach
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 6 slices of monterey jack or provolone cheese
  • 3 tbsp of unsalted butter softened



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48 Best Grilled Cheese Recipes You Must Try Out

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Grilled cheese are the perfect small meal for the whole family. They’re easy to make and many people around the internet have become creative and developed recipes for adult and kid-friendly grilled cheeses.

While everyone boasts that theirs is the best grilled cheese recipes ever, we lined these up for you and your kids to try and pick your favorite.

Let’s begin exploring the world of grilled cheese:

1. Fancy Schmancy Grilled Cheese

This grilled cheese isn’t your basic grilled cheese. It has a fancier way about it and most people who love cheese will love it.

What makes it fancy? It includes high-quality bread, multiple types of cheeses, Dijon mustard, and an array of spices.

2. Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese

Do you have a taste for spicy dishes? You’ll love this sandwich! It contains bread and cheese like most grilled cheeses.

However, it’s set apart because it also includes buffalo chicken. It may get a little messy, but it’s one delicious sandwich.

3. Bacon Avocado Grilled Cheese

When I was younger, I wasn’t a fan of avocados. As I’ve aged, I’ve learned to embrace this amazing addition.

If you enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich, you’ll also enjoy it being slathered with avocado and crispy bacon too.

4. Pesto Mozzarella Grilled Cheese

Are the kids wearing you out with the specific meals they want all the time? I get it! The next time the kids scream for grilled cheese, consider making yourself an adult-version.

Instead of a basic grilled cheese, switch up cheddar for mozzarella and add some pesto to the bread too.

5. Hawaiian Grilled Cheese

This grilled cheese sandwich adds some sweeter flavors to the traditional grilled cheese sandwich. It includes Canadian bacon and pineapple.

Plus, they use a different choice of cheese and add a few spices for a Hawaiian style treat.

6. Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese

This sandwich is full of flavor and spicy too. It begins with two slices of bread. The bread is smothered in cream cheese which has been mixed with chopped green onions.

From there, roasted jalapenos are added to the sandwich along with more cheese. When heated, it all melts together into a delicious sandwich.

7. Monte Cristo Style Grilled Cheese

Who doesn’t love a Monte Cristo sandwich? They’re delicious! It has two slices of bread with mustard and mayonnaise.

The sandwich is built with cheese and ham. Once you have the sandwich intact, it’s dipped in a cream and egg mixture before being grilled. When complete, it’s sprinkled with powdered sugar.

8. Apple and Gouda Grilled Cheese

Gouda is a type of cheese which is frequently paired with fruit because they complement each other well.

This grilled cheese is no exception. The bread is filled with slices of sweet apple and delicious gouda cheese and grilled to melted perfection.

9. The Gourmet Grilled Cheese

This grilled cheese is extremely gourmet and could almost pass as a part of an adult dinner party. Who wouldn’t love a twist on a blast from the past favorite meal?

It includes three different types of cheese, caramelized onions, and different herbs. This sandwich is dainty and delicious.

10. Pizza Margherita Grilled Cheese

If you love a traditional Margherita style pizza, you’ll love this grilled cheese. It’s made on sourdough bread and topped with homemade marinara sauce.

The finishing touch is the fire roasted tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Grill it to perfection, and you have one heck of a meal.

11. BLT Grilled Cheese

Why not combine two of the most classic sandwiches into one and make the ultimate classic meal?

You can thanks to this idea. Combine a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich with a classic grilled cheese. Your stomach will thank you!

12. Cranberry Brie and Prosciutto Grilled Cheese

Would you prefer a swankier grilled cheese to enjoy on a date or during a meal with friends? You can serve basic food which is dressed up to dinner guests.

This grilled cheese will make the kid in you scream with excitement because it’s familiar. Yet, the adult in you will love the flavors of cranberry sauce, brie, and prosciutto.

13. Spaghetti Grilled Cheese

Who wouldn’t love to eat a spaghetti dinner on the run? Thanks to this idea for an Italian grilled cheese, you can.

The grilled cheese is built on two pieces of garlic bread, topped with cheese, and finished off with spaghetti before heating it up to become a melted paradise on a plate.

14. Italian Garlic Bread Grilled Cheese

If you enjoy garlic bread, consider making this grilled cheese. It’s piled high with cheese, garlic, prosciutto, and pine nuts.

Once the sandwich is built, it’s thrown on a hot griddle until the flavors melt together. When complete, you can dig in and enjoy each mouth-watering bite.

15. Fried Egg Grilled Cheese

I love the idea for this sandwich. It’s simple to make and also combines two classic sandwiches into one delicious bite.

You build the grilled cheese between two pieces of bread. It includes a fried egg (from an egg sandwich) and cheese to build a delicious grilled cheese you’re going to love.

16. Spinach and Feta Grilled Cheese

Oh my! Do you love feta cheese? Are you trying to take in all the green superfoods you can to maintain your health?

This sandwich has what you need. It combines both feta cheese and spinach in one toasted and melty sandwich.

17. Cauliflower Grilled Cheese

Are you following a larb (as I call it.) Also known as a low carb diet. It can be hard browsing through this list because it appears there’s nothing for you.

But you can’t say that after you read this option. It’s a grilled cheese made with a cauliflower ‘bread’ and cheese melted between it.

18. Taco Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Are you in the mood for tacos, but aren’t in the mood for all the fuss and mess which can sometimes happen on taco night?

Skip the full-blown fiesta and make this taco grilled cheese. It has the taco meat and fixings melted between cheese on two slices of bread.

19. Grilled Cheese with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Adult grilled cheese alert! Everyone will want to tune into this recipe. If you’re tired of the old-fashioned grilled cheese, be prepared to be amazed.

Instead of cheese melted between bread, this recipe uses sun-dried tomatoes to make a fantastic pesto sauce to accompany it.

20. Zucchini Grilled Cheese

When you’re on a low-carb diet it can be difficult to say, “Farewell!” to items you consider comfort foods.

You don’t have to thanks to this option. They use zucchini to form the bread and melt cheese between the two slices of ‘bread.’

21. Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Bacon

When I was a newlywed, I was finishing up my first college degree. We lived in a little one-bedroom apartment and ate simply because I had late nights with night school.

Nothing was better than when I’d come home from a long day of working and going to school, and my husband would make these grilled cheese sandwiches.

They’re delicious and filling and a firm contender for the top spot of my personal choice for best grilled cheese ever.

22. Grilled Mac’n Cheese

Do you have a macaroni lover in your family? Make their day by making this grilled cheese for supper.

It’s macaroni and cheese squeezed between two slices of bread and grilled to melty perfection. If you love cheese, you’ll love this sandwich.

23. Sloppy Joe Grilled Cheese

Again, this recipe is a memory maker and one to stash in your recipe book. It combines two classic sandwiches and hits a home run in the process.

If you love sloppy joes, you’re in for a treat. Sloppy joe meat is placed between two slices of bread along with cheese. They’re all melted together and form a tasty dinner.

24. Mushroom Grilled Cheese Sandwich

My sister and my oldest son both have a mutual love for mushrooms. If you love mushrooms too, you should give this sandwich a try.

It’s mushrooms and cheese placed between two slices of bread. From there, you place the bread over heat and let it all melt together.

If you love mushrooms too, you might just vote this one as the best cheese griller!


Lay six slices of the bread on a cutting board and brush each slice generously with the butter.

Turn the slices over and spread each one with 1½ tablespoons of the chutney.

Place 1/2 cup of the cheddar evenly on each slice and place the remaining six slices of bread on top of each sandwich. Brush the tops generously with melted butter.

Heat a panini press (see note) and grill the sandwiches according to the directions for the machine, until the bread is nicely browned on both sides and the cheddar is starting to melt. Place the sandwiches on a cutting board and cut each one in half diagonally. Serve hot.

Croque Madame Egg Sandwich Recipe

Croque Madame Egg Sandwich is good anytime of the day. Especially for breakfast or brunch. I know wait look fancy, but it is very easy to make.

This is a French version of the American grilled cheese sandwich with the difference being the egg on top of the sandwich. The Croque-Madame was invented in Paris sometime around 1910 as a fast food or a quick snack to be eaten in cafes and bistros. According to some historians, this sandwich is called a Croque Madame because the fried egg on top is reminiscent of a ladies hat.

  • 8 slices sourdough or white sandwich bread
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature and divided
  • 4 thin slices ham, cooed
  • 4 thin slices of Dutch Edam cheese*
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped

Using 1/4 cup of butter, spread butter on one side of each slice of bread.

Make 4 sandwiches with slices of ham and cheese piled onto the center only of the buttered bread and top with the remaining slices of bread, buttered side down. Butter the outside of the bread.

In a large non-stick frying pan or medium heat, fry each sandwich until the cheese has melted and the outside is golden brown. Remove from heat. Use a round, fluted cutter and cut each sandwich into a circle.

While the sandwiches are frying prepare the poached eggs.

Use a pan that is at least 3-inches deep so there is enough water to cover the eggs and they do not stick to the bottom of the pan. To prevent sticking, grease the pan with a little oil before filling with water.

Bring the poaching liquid to a boil and then reduce to a simmer before adding the eggs (bubbles should not break the surface).

Break each egg onto a saucer or into small cups or bowls. Slip eggs carefully into simmering water by lowering the lip of each egg-cup 1/2-inch below the surface of the water. Let the eggs flow out.

Immediately cover with a lid and turn off the heat. Set a timer for exactly three minutes for medium-firm yolks. Adjust the time up or down for runnier or firmer yolks. Cook 3 to 5 minutes, depending on firmness desired.

Remove from water with slotted spoon. Lift each perfectly poached egg from the water with a slotted spoon, but hold it over the skillet briefly to let any water clinging to the egg drain off. Drain well before serving.

In a small saucepan over low heat, melt together the remaining 1/4 cup butter and parsley.

To serve, place one sandwich on each individual serving plate. Top with one poached egg and drizzle with parsley butter. Serve immediately.

* Gruye or Emmentaler cheese may be substituted.

Source: Photo by Bob chamberline, Los Angeles Time newspaper, March 2010.

Monte Cristo Sandwich

Source: About Striped Spatula

This sandwich is a grilled cheese sandwich consisting of Gruyere cheese and lean ham layered between two slices of crust-less bread, fried in butter and made in a special grilling iron with two metal plates like the classic Monte Cristo’s are

And of course, it’s all about the sauce with these! You’ll love this simple and easy homemade jelly and powdered sugar dipping sauce to go along with it


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