A grilled cheese sandwich made with white bread and a slice of American cheese is a classic, but sometimes you feel like mixing it up. Here are five hot cheese based sandwiches themed after Italian and French cuisines.
The Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Just like it sounds, it is a grilled cheese sandwich that tastes like a pizza. Start with french bread or a hoagie bun. Slather the bread with pizza sauce, or you can use tomato sauce and add spices, like oregano and basil. Top the sauce with mozzarella, pepperoni, and salami. Grill until melted.
The Italian Grinder Griller
For this Italian style grilled cheese sandwich, use any hoagie bun. Layer provolone cheese, ham, and salami then top it off with raw sliced onions. Heat and eat.
The Italian Green Grilled Cheese
Pesto gives this garlic flavored sandwich its green color. You can use French or focaccia bread. They both stand up well to the pesto. Spread the pesto inside, and top with mozzarella. That is all you need. It is simple goodness.
The Paris Grilled Cheese
It would not taste like French cooking without a croissant. Split a croissant and spread dijon mustard inside. Mild muenster cheese melts into the spicy mustard. If you want to have meat with it, try layering some ham with the muenster cheese.
The French Onion Soup Grilled Cheese
Slice up half of an onion. Over medium heat, melt some butter. Sautee the onion in the butter. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Stirring often, cook the onions until they are soft and caramelized. This process takes about 30 minutes. Learn how to caramelize onions here.
This sandwich takes a little bit longer to make, but it will be worth it. Use the caramelized onions on any bun or bread. Add mild cheddar cheese then grill the sandwich.
When making any of these global grilled cheese, they usually take about three minutes to melt over medium heat. Covering the sandwich while grilling will help it melt faster, but watch it, so it does not burn.