From the Kitchen

A Quick Grilled Cheese Sandwich Trick

Grilled cheese sandwiches are made in many different ways, something I learned this last weekend at the Grilled Cheese Invitational. Today, for my own grilled cheese masterpiece, I’m sharing something I learned from a Make and Takes reader. Thanks to Jody, who commented on the Homemade Bread Crumbs post, I’ve been making good use of the ends of the bread loaf.

Grilled Cheese Supplies

I’ve even seen this done with hamburger buns too, flipping the outsides in!

Inverted Bread Cheese Sandwich

As you can see, you can’t tell the difference. And with that Kraft Singles cheese oozing out the middle, my kids are none the wiser, eating them with continued happiness. Hooray!

Eat a Grilled Cheese

What ingredients are in your favorite Grilled Cheese Recipe? Can your share your secrets, or are you saving them for next year’s Grilled Cheese Invitational?


  1. My friend just made GC for the kiddos while I was visiting today and she added pepperoni and either ketchup or pizza sauce to make it like a pizza. DELICIOUS!

  2. I have been doing this for a while now! I just followed this from your bread crumb recipe- which I am SO using!
    One way we like to do GC is a GC burger. Use a slice of cheddar (or two) and a burger that’s already been grilled. Burger goes on the inside, make just like a GC! They’re excellent!

  3. My boyfriend and I make these really tasty grilled cheese sandwiches with onion in them. We put little pieces of onion between the cheese slices. Butter the bread so it gets golden in the pan. Usually we use Kraft singles and if there’s some smoked cheddar or provolone around,that goes in too. Put a lid over it to keep the heat in and the onions steam inside the sandwhich as the cheese gets hot. Sometimes we add pickles and vinegar chips for crunch.

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  6. Just found your website today (a friend referred me) and I am loving the ideas to be found here!

    I love GC and just had to comment…we don’t use butter for our GC. Instead, we use mayo. It spreads much easier than butter (if you don’t leave your butter out all day to stay soft…we don’t). This is how my mom made it for us kids and how I make it still. My husband eats it this way now, since that is how I prepare it and he says the mayo makes it taste creamier than with butter.

  7. Connie – Thanks so much for your comment, and kind words!! As a former teacher, I love when I catch wind that other teachers are using my ideas. I love it. Please let others know and share what ever projects you’d like. Good luck with the upcoming school year!

  8. This is a great idea. We love grilled cheese at our house too.
    How awesome that you got to go to the Inivitational this year.
    I’m just new to your website and have just spent over an hour
    having the time of my life. I’m so impressed with your entire
    website. I am a substitute school teacher and want to share your site with every teacher in our district along with all my neighbors and friends. Way to go for brightening up so many lives. May you have continued success!!!

  9. Maiz
    Wow…did you check out the FAT GRAMS in the sandwich that was made during the movie?? YIKES!!!! Although it is loaded with protein the fat content is the equiv. of about 20 pats of butter alone.

  10. I use the ends of the breaf loaf like this as well.

    Pepporoni is a favorite in our grilled cheese! yum yum!!

  11. OMWord! You have just made my life a ton easier! Now… what to do with the money I’ll be saving?!? Me thinks some crafty goodness is out there to be had!

  12. YUM! Just looking at these pictures is making me want a grilled cheese sandwich, even though I’m just about to go to bed. (Okay, so I am pregnant and a total GC fan…) I am also not into American cheese at all. I’m with Meriel: I like it on good sourdough with sharp cheddar. Sometimes I add thinly sliced tomato before cooking or avocado after.

    Did you ever see the movie “Spanglish?” Adam Sandler makes a great sandwich, not exactly a grilled cheese, but somewhere between GC and BLT with a fried egg inside. One of the features on the DVD is a chef making it, and it is hard to watch without jumping up and making one for yourself right away!

    Here’s the recipe, but I recommend watching the guy make it if you can!

  13. What a great idea! Lately I’ve been making grilled sandwiches with our George Foreman grill and it works great because it grills it twice as fast…like a panini maker (but I didn’t have to go out and buy one). A good quick and easy grilled sandwich filling is tuna, pickles and cheese then grill it like a grilled cheese sandwich. Serve it with a little soup and you’ve got a hit…we called it grilled tuna sandwiches and my family loves them!

  14. Those cheese singles make me gag, but this idea is brilliant!! I’m SO doing this when we come to the end of the loaf!
    I don’t have any special ingredient when it comes to grilled cheese, but we do always dip them in tomato soup. Yum.

  15. I do this, mainly because I am cheap, lol. How was the Invitational. It sounds like it would have been super fun.

  16. Oooh, I am such a grilled cheese fan. I follow in the ways of Martha with GC though. I do sourdough bread, cheddar (I’m sure any cheese would be great), and apple slices! It’s amazing!!!! And sometimes if you’re feeling crazy, you can add bacon slices. Bacon on grilled cheese is the best, although I like swiss when I put just bacon on my GC.

  17. Yep we do this with every loaf, but personally I like the end slices the best!! Did they do any fancy grilled cheeses almost like paninis at the event? Would love recipes!!

  18. I never thought of that! Genious!

    My favorite Grilled Cheese is to add crispy bacon and avacado… not super healthy but… MMMMmmmmmmm!

  19. I have also used this trick with PB & J :) Also I just got a bit of info from my doctor that I thought I would share. My ped. informed me that bread sold in the store no matter what brand has sugar included which has contributed largely in rate of diabetes. Buy fresh baked bread from the bakery, most likely they don’t add sugar :) It supports local businesses and keeps us healthy!

    1. All bread that is made with yeast needs some kind of sugar, my bread that I make at home only has 1 tablespoon of sugar for the whole loaf, but it needs that for the yeast to combine and “eat”

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