Oh, yes, you read that right! This isn’t your average grilled cheese sandwich — far from it! First of all, this recipe uses FOUR different kinds of cheese for a taste that literally makes people say, “Oh my God,” with that first bite.
I love the flavor and texture of a good sliced Italian bread from the bakery. You can also make it with sourdough bread if you prefer, and even fresh whole wheat variety gets soft and fluffy in the pan!
Why OMG grilled cheese?
Ever since trying the tastiest grilled cheese sandwich at Postino Highland in Scottsdale recently, I knew I needed to recreate our own version at home. Now, our whole family is hooked – I’ll be making them with this incredible cheese blend from now on!
I’ve always felt like grilled cheese and tomato soup is one of those classic family staples that just feels comforting. This perfect pairing feels like home. So, when we’ve had a lot of travel or an extremely busy week, this is one of those meals that brings us all together and makes us feel grounded. And we can’t have our OMG grilled cheese, without a tasty, creamy tomato soup to match in taste and texture!
The best grilled cheese sandwich
The most incredible blend of cheeses for an OMG grilled cheese are gruyere, white cheddar, goat cheese and brie. You can also add a topping to your grilled cheese such as bacon or avocado to make it even better!
Make sure that you spread butter on the outside of bread slices prior to putting cheese so that bread does not stick to the pan and break… every sandwich is better with a good amount of butter! Also, cook your grilled cheese on Low to Medium heat otherwise you will end up with a burnt crust which ruins its texture! I like to cover the pan and let it cook on low heat to really get the cheeses melty and gooey. That’s how you make a perfect grilled cheese sandwich and call it an OMG one!
The cheeses that pack a flavorful punch
To make a melt-in-your-mouth can’t-help-but-say-OMG grilled cheese, these are the cheeses that pack a flavorful punch. Layer gruyere, brie, goat cheese, and smoked white cheddar on sourdough or Italian loaf, and of course pair creamy tomato soup!
Creamy tomato soup
A family favorite is Pacific Foods® Organic Creamy Tomato Soup. You can use it as a base for just about any soup, chili or dip recipe… but it’s also one of the best tasting ready-to-eat tomato soups I’ve had with fresh organic milk which is the perfect complement to the tangy sweetness of organic tomatoes.
A little garlic and onion round out the flavor and add depth to this classic family favorite which you can enjoy hot with a grilled cheese or even chilled for an easy summer dinner.
Dip your OMG grilled cheese into a steaming hot cup of Pacific Foods® Organic Creamy Tomato Soup. Or serve cool, topped with freshly chopped tomato, cucumber and mint for a refreshing summertime twist on an old favorite.
Tips for the perfect grilled cheese sandwich every time
The key to a great grilled cheese sandwich is all in how you melt your cheese. Take care not to overdo it, or your sandwich will be overcooked and rubbery.
Use a Variety of Cheeses:
For easy-to-make-melted-cheese sandwiches, you can use shredded cheeses that are either low-moisture (like cheddar) or spreadable and creamy (like goat cheese). Shredded cheeses allow for even melting without getting greasy. Ultimately you want to choose cheeses that are in the melting family.
Spread to the Edge:
Whether you are using butter or mayonnaise, make sure you coat your bread all the way to each edge. Good coverage is key to an even cook and getting that deliciousness in every bite.
If your heat is too high and your pan is too hot you can over toast (or burn) the bread before your cheese has a chance to melt. I’ve found that it is best to start in a cold pan. This allows for the pan to heat up slowly, ensuring that your heat is evenly distributed as your cheese melts and your bread gets that perfect crunch. It should only take 5 to 7 minutes.
Choose the Right Bread:
If you’re making a grilled cheese sandwich with sliced bread, brush both sides of each slice lightly with butter before grilling; if using whole wheat bread, you can even try spreading each slice lightly with mayonnaise instead of butter for added flavor and moisture. The goal is to choose a bread that has a tighter crumb, you want to avoid holes.
- 12 slices bread, sourdough or brioche
- 4 oz goat cheese
- 8 oz smoked gruyere
- 8 oz brie cheese round
- 6oz white cheddar
- butter to cook
- Heat a skillet or griddle to 300 degrees.
- Butter the outside of a slice of bread, and spread goat cheese on the inside slice of bread.
- Layer slices of brie, gruyere, and cheddar cheese and top with another slice of bread.
- Place on the heated skillet, and cover with a lid to help the cheeses melt together, cooking over low/medium heat.
- Flip after a couple of minutes when the bread is golden brown.
- Cook again for a couple of minutes, covered, until both sides of the sandwich are golden brown and the cheese is melted.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 856Total Fat: 43gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 138mgSodium: 1613mgCarbohydrates: 73gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 44g