Fancy Grilled Cheese (or simple Croque-Monsieur)

Last night I got home a little late from work, and decided to keep it simple for dinner. I thought I'd make myself a grilled cheese sandwich. (I made a steak sandwich for my meat-loving hubs, Alex :).

Inspired by this article in my latest Food & Wine Magazine (thanks, Mom!), I decided to use Gruyere instead of the usual American cheese, and wow - what a difference it made. It came out sooo gooey and delicious. I also added a thin slice of ham, dijon mustard and used buttery peasant bread (although sourdough works well too). The final result was closer to a simplified Croque-Monsieur (France's version of ham + cheese), but tasty nonetheless. I highly recommend you try this combo next time you're in sandwich mode.

What about you, friends? How do you like your grilled cheese? Any yummy tips?

P.S. You can check out a grilled cheese slideshow here.


jaclyn @ thelateafternoon :

i love my grilled cheese sandwiches spilling with melted cheese - i tend towards brie cheese or havarti since they're my favorites! gruyere sounds like it would be a great addition too!

Claudia Cifuentes :

Jaclyn, I love brie! Goes well with green apple slices too. :)

Melanie's Randomness :

Oooo yummy!! I'll add mushrooms to my grill cheese sometimes and make it my sandwich maker. Soo good! =)
I once made a brie grilled cheese. Decadent! =)

Melanie's Randomness

Claudia Cifuentes :

Wow, Melanie. I've never had it with mushrooms but sounds delicious! I'll have to try it.

Chapstick Fanatic :

i love playing around with grill cheese sandwiches. my most recent favorite is colby jack cheese with a slice of tomato. and i do it on my panini press to make it healthier (no butter needed.)

Krystal :

Ok, that looks and sounds so good. I like mine with a tomato in it!

Anonymous :

Fun blog.
I need that sandwich right now!

AbbieBabble :

Mmmmm. That sounds amazing. I just finished a huge dinner, but now I'm craving a simplified croque monsieur!

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