So while the whole two slices of buttered bread with a piece of Kraft American cheese smack-dab in the middle is a childhood classic, it’s time to be a tad more creative. The grilled cheese sandwich is an art form, and we’ve got the recipes to make you the next Picasso.

1. Brie and Apple Grilled Cheese

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Photo by Emily Bloch

When you whip out some brie cheese, everyone thinks you’re hella fancy. Complement the more mild taste of brie with some fresh apples for a sophisticated grilled cheese update.

2. Spinach and Artichoke Grilled Cheese

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Photo by Tess Wei

Take the spinach and artichoke dip you love and make it into a full force sandwich. Okayyy.

3. Monte Cristo: French Toast Ham & Cheese

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Photo by Agnes Chen

French toast and croque monsieur had a baby. Here it is.

4. Grilled Caprese Sandwich

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Photo by Abigail Wilkins

Americanize that classic Italian salad by slapping it between two pieces of bread. Boom, grilled cheese.

5. Cuban Panini

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Photo by Bernard Wen

Be someone we can trust, and check out this ham, cheese, and pickle sammie.

6. Upside-Down Grilled Cheese

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Photo by Alexandra Wee

Throw it back to A*Teens, and make your grilled cheese upside-down (bouncing off the ceiling).

7. Fried Cheese Sandwich with Garlicky Herb and Lemon Mayo

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Photo by Heather Harris

This fancy-looking sammie has a layer of fried mozzarella. Study abroad for a sec with this Prague sandwich.

8. The Ultimate French Onion Soup Grilled Cheese

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Photo by Amanda Shulman

You can finally eat your fave French appetizer with your hands. You’re welcome.

9. Red Pepper and Pesto Grilled Cheese

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Photo by Libby Perold

If you’re feelin’ sick of the tomato being the constant go-to side or add-on to the grilled cheese, give this red pepper and pesto one a try.

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