Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day with 7 Deliciously Innovative Recipes

Every April 12th, fans of the classic grilled cheese sandwich unite to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day. It’s a day to celebrate the cheesy, gooey, and buttery goodness of this classic sandwich. As one of the most popular sandwiches in America, it’s no surprise that this beloved dish continues to remain a favorite. It’s time to revive the classic grilled cheese sandwich and give it an exciting twist!

On National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, let’s take a break from the ordinary cheese sandwich and try something a bit more creative. Assemble a delicious masterpiece with the help of 7 innovative grilled cheese recipes – each presenting a unique and tasty spin on the classic sandwich. From sandwich fillings you never expected to cheesy concoctions that will make your mouth water, try recipes that are easy to make, so you can replicate them at home with minimal effort.

Experience the classic grilled cheese sandwich in a new light with recipes that redefine the way you think about lunchtime. Whether you prefer a savory sandwich or something more sweet, these recipes will have something for everyone. Get your friends together and get cooking with 7 delicious and innovative recipes that bring the classic grilled cheese sandwich to life!

The History of the Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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In honor of this delicious day, let’s take a look at the history of the grilled cheese sandwich. As far back as the 1500s, the grilled cheese sandwich has been a popular dish enjoyed by people all over the world. What began as a humble combination of cheese and bread has been transformed into a range of delicious recipes that can satisfy a variety of cravings. The classic grilled cheese is created with two slices of bread and cheese, typically American, cheddar, Swiss, or Provolone, grilled in butter until golden brown and bubbly. But what is the history behind this beloved sandwich?

The grilled cheese sandwich has grown in popularity since its origins in the early 20th century. In the 1920s and 30s, this dish was mentioned in several cookbooks, and the 1930s saw the rise of the restaurant grilled cheese. Throughout the 1940s and 50s, advances in food technology made preparing the meal much easier and less time consuming. During the 1960s and 70s, the grilled cheese sandwich grew in popularity, becoming a staple of school cafeterias and summer camp menus.

Today, the grilled cheese is even more beloved, with chefs adding their own unique twists on this classic combination. Recipes now feature a range of ingredients like pesto, bacon, tomatoes, avocados, and even apples! From traditional American-style grilled cheese to more adventurous recipes, there are endless possibilities when it comes to creating your own delicious version.

Make a Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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Traditionally, the classic grilled cheese sandwich is made with butter, white bread and American cheese slices. On National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, why not bring out your inner chef and make a classic version of this delicious sandwich? Follow our step-by-step instructions for a mouth-watering grilled cheese sandwich.

Firstly, heat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Take two slices of white bread and spread butter evenly on one side of each slice. Once the butter melts, place the slices in the pan, butter side down. Layer on two slices of cheese before adding the second piece of bread, butter side up.

Once the base of the sandwich is ready, press down with a spatula and let it cook for 1-2 minutes or till the cheese starts to melt. Flip the sandwich to the other side and leave it for another 1-2 minutes or until the cheese is fully melted. Your classic grilled cheese sandwich is ready to serve.

You can add some additional ingredients to the sandwich like tomatoes, spinach, lettuce, jalapenos, bacon, etc. to make it more flavorful. Get creative and experiment with different ingredients to make your perfect grilled cheese sandwich. For a healthier version, you can use whole-wheat bread instead of white bread. Serve it with ketchup or mayonnaise for a new and different taste.

7 Innovative Grilled Cheese Recipes

What better way to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day than by trying out some of these 7 innovative recipes? Dive into the history of the grilled cheese sandwich and enjoy the perfect combination of cheese, bread, and your favorite ingredients – it’s sure to be a tasty treat!

Avocado Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich by A Classic Twist

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Avocado and tomato are the perfect complementary flavors to sweet and sharp cheddar cheese (Kerrygold’s Dubliner and Sweet Cheddar melty cheese are a great combo!). You just need some butter, your favorite bread (white, sourdough, or, if you’re lucky, a local bakery favorite with cheddar), tomatoes, avocado slices, and a generous crack of fresh pepper and sea salt to make this delicious treat.

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The Best Pesto Grilled Cheese by Gimme Delicious

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The Best Pesto Grilled Cheese by Gimme Delicious packs a flavorful punch with two slices of crusty bread and generous layer of pesto spread on each side. Simply add a layer of your favorite Sargento® cheese such as cheddar, Swiss, Colby-Jack, or Provolone and then grill until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown.

This pesto grilled cheese has a mouthwatering combination of flavors and textures, with each bite giving you a juicy, crunchy flavor. The pesto adds a zesty kick, the cheese adds a creamy richness, and the bread adds its own buttery flavor. Enjoy it with a side of chips or a salad for an even heartier meal.

Brie and Apple Grilled Cheese by Marley’s Menu

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This incredibly delicious and comforting Brie and Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwich is a perfect way to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day. Crisp tart apples are paired with sweet honey and combined with ooey-gooey brie cheese to take your classic grilled cheese to the next level. To make this sandwich, you’ll need thick slices of sourdough bread, some butter, a crisp tart apple, a few spoonfuls of honey, some fresh brie cheese slices, and a few pieces of bacon if you’d like.

First, butter one side of each slice of bread and place them butter-side-down in a hot nonstick skillet over medium heat. Once the bread is toasted, assemble the sandwich. Place a layer of brie on the toasted side of one slice of bread, followed by a layer of bacon (if using). Then, thinly slice the apple and arrange the slices onto the top of the brie and bacon. Finally, drizzle some honey on top before adding the second slice of toasted bread. Cook until the cheese is melted and the outside of the sandwich is slightly golden brown. Serve warm and enjoy!

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Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese with Bacon by Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons

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This delicious Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese with Bacon from Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons will bring a bit of heat to your lunch or dinner. To make this sandwich, you’ll need thick slices of sourdough bread, some butter, one to two jalapenos (depending on how spicy you’d like it), a few spoonfuls of cream cheese, some slices of cheddar cheese, and a few pieces of bacon.

This hot take on the classic grilled cheese sandwich is a spicy and savory upgrade. Combining the creaminess of cream cheese with the heat of jalapeno peppers, this sandwich is sure to get your taste buds tingling with flavor. For an extra crunchy texture, try adding a few slices of crispy bacon to the mix.

Caprese Grilled Cheese by Cooking Classy

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Caprese Grilled Cheese is one of the ultimate and easiest ways to make a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich. This modern twist on the classic dish harmoniously combines the fresh flavors of mozzarella, basil and tomatoes for a unique take on a snack or lunchtime favorite. Fresh slices of bread help complete the perfect combination, elevating the flavor even further.

The beauty of Caprese Grilled Cheese is its simplicity – the only ingredients you need are a good quality fresh loaf of bread, some fresh mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, butter and salt. The butter helps toast the sandwich, browning it and adding a nice crisp. The fresh mozzarella melts just enough to hold everything together, making for a melty, delicious bite. Serve it up hot and enjoy the melty, flavorful goodness.

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Roasted Pepper and Goat Cheese Sandwich by NYT Cooking

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If you’re looking to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day with a twist, roasted pepper and goat cheese is a great option. Not only is it delicious and savory but it’s also easy to make. Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Roast bell peppers for about 20 minutes, turning them occasionally until they’re tender and lightly charred. Allow the peppers to cool before removing their seeds and peeling off the skin.

Once complete, begin cooking the sandwich. Use a non-stick pan over medium-low heat and spread softened butter on the exterior of two slices of bread. Place the bread in the pan with the buttered side down, layering on goat cheese, the roasted peppers, and another layer of goat cheese. Top with the other slice of bread, again with the buttered side down. Cook the sandwich for a few minutes until the bread is golden on the outside and the cheese is melted in the middle. Cut in half and serve hot.

Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese by Budget Bytes

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Are you looking for something indulgent for National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day? Look no further than this Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese by Budget Bytes. It’s like turning your favorite restaurant appetizer into a meal! The golden brown, crispy focaccia exterior yields to a gooey, melty melt of cheese, spinach, and artichokes. This Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese will quickly become a family favorite.

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The recipe is easy to follow and make. Start by preparing the spinach artichoke filling. To do this, sauté garlic and onions in a pan with some butter, then add spinach and artichokes. This mixture gets blended with cream cheese, parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese. Once the filling is prepared, spread it between two slices of homemade focaccia. Butter the outside of the focaccia and cook in a heavy-bottomed skillet until the outside is golden brown and crispy. Enjoy it any time you want a delicious, cheesy sandwich!


National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day is a day to celebrate all things cheesy and delicious. Whether you prefer a classic grilled cheese sandwich or one of the 7 innovative recipe variations, this beloved comfort food is sure to bring a smile to your face. So, grab some bread, cheese, and butter, and get ready to celebrate in the cheesiest way possible!

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Michelle K
Michelle K
Michelle is a Florida girl who loves the ocean, sunshine and nature. She enjoys cooking, gardening and boating with her husband and children. A full-time working mama, Michelle works in marketing and has been writing for her entire career. She de-stresses with snuggles from her kids, Pilates, essential oils, a good book or a smooth Cab. Her happy places are the beach, live music events and UCF football games. (Go Knights!)

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