One way to make a grilled cheese sandwich better is arguably, with more cheese. Beg to differ? Bite into this cheesy, pan-toasted glory and you’ll reconsider.
Inspired by NY-based food blog Smitten Kitchen, the traditional grilled cheese is turned up a notch (or twenty) by melting cheddar on both the inside and outside of the sandwich. The resulting crispy cheese coatings are actually termed “frico,” an Italian-originated food specialty. It’s a simple kitchen maneuver, but its effects are ungodly. Marry it all between two slices of your favorite bread—a soft Italian loaf, classic sourdough or old fashioned white—and the world of grilled cheese that you once knew will be turned upside-down. So brace yourself.
Serving with a side of sweet pickles is highly suggested.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 6-8 minutes
Total time: 11-13 minutes
2 slices of bread
Sliced cheese (sharp white cheddar works well)
1/4 cup of sharp grated cheddar, plus more if desired
Butter for greasing the pan
1. Melt 1/2 tablespoon of butter in a pan over low to medium heat. Lay down two slices of bread and let both slices brown slightly.
2. Place sliced cheese on one slice of bread and cover with the other slice, toasted side facing out.
3. Sprinkle a handful of the grated cheddar on top of the sandwich and let melt slightly.
4. Flip the sandwich over with tongs or a spatula. Sprinkle more grated cheddar on the top of the sandwich and let melt slightly.
5. Once the outsides of the sandwich are coated in melted cheese crisps and the inside cheese is melted to desired gooeyness, remove from the pan using a spatula or tongs and serve with a few slices of bread-and-butter pickles. Enjoy while warm and crispy.