Fancy Grilled Cheese 9 Ways



The cold weather months really put me in the mood for grilled cheese sandwiches and soups. And although Elsie and I are huge fans of a classic and simple grilled cheese sandwich, we thought it would be fun to come up with some variations for a family lunch we hosted over the weekend. Elsie also brought her panini maker over to my house, it was my first time using one and I've got to say- I'm now a huge fan! We made 9 different grilled cheese variations for our family to choose from, some savory some sweet. My favorite was the tuna with spicy mustard, while our mom favored the apple and provolone.




Our flavor variations included: jalapeno peppers and colby jack cheese, bosc pear slices with ricotta and honey, cream cheese (or brie) with raspberry jam, and sour apple with provolone.




Here you can see: bacon, avocado and munster cheese, summer sausage with banana peppers and swiss, fresh tomatoes with pesto and mozzarella, tuna salad with spicy mustard and munster cheese, and caramelized onions with swiss cheese.




Have fun making up your own signature flavor! xo. emma and elsie


  • We tried the munster, bacon and avocado this week and it was delish!!! We used turkey bacon and I grilled it on our little george foreman (butter spread on outside of bread slice, slice of cheese, bacon, avocado sprinkled with a little pepper and 1 more slice of cheese).

  • Grilled cheese is a very tasty diet because it is usually added up with tomatoes, spices and condiments such as mustard, etc..

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  • I LOVE grilled csheee with apple. Now Im vegan, but I just use vegan csheee and gluten free bread. SO good. Im a big fan of the apple, csheee, carmalized onion combo as welll. But avocado and bacon (veggie bacon for me!) sounds out of this world. Thanks for the idea!!

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  • Niiiice! Heh, the only “flaw” I see here is that it would be hard to sample and enjoy everything in one sitting. Still, it’s a great way to show the versatility of the simple grilled cheese sandwiches. For starters, there are different types of breads and cheese. With such a wide variety, it is likely to discover combinations that have the potential to rock on a cool day.

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  • Got so inspired by this post!! I made a little grilled cheese up myself and holy crap, it’s the best thing i’ve ever stuffed in my face. YOU HAVE TO TRY IT. It’s mango and pineapple sauteed in butter and sweet&low, with provolone cheese and peta bread. It tastes freaking amazing. I thought i’d share :)))

  • Yum. Thanks for some new ideas. I have a sandwich maker that I use. My fav is cream cheese, spike seasoning, pickled jalapenos & cheddar.

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  • Amazing how such simple ingredients can make a delicious sandwich. There’s a place near me that uses apple slices, provolone, colby jack and spicy mustard. Now that was a grilled cheese.

  • Just made the apple and provolone one. Delicious! No panini press, but it worked just fine in a pan with a pair of tongs to flip the sandwich over.

  • My boyfriend & I have been to known to eat jam & cream cheese sandwiches at all hours of the night. At your suggestion we turned them into grilled cheese sammiches this morning for breakfast. As my boyfriend said “Now THAT is a winner!”

    Heather @

  • great updates on a classic! can’t wait to try all of them, especially the jalapeno & jack!

    thanks for sharing,

  • Oh my gosh, ALL of these look SO good! Think that colby jack & jalapeno is a must try real soon.. thanks so much for sharing!


  • I love grilled cheese sandwiches this time of year too. I had never though of pairing apple slices or some of the other combinations you came up with. What a brilliant idea!

  • UHHHHHH avocado and bacon? And summer sausage? Holy crap. Now I feel all hungry. I want to make some of these! Thanks for all the ideas! 🙂


  • I am also a BIG fan of grilled cheese sandwiches and can never get enough of them in the fall. The jalapeno and colby jack looks delish!

  • My daughter loves grilled cheese and this is a great way to spice things up! Thank you!

  • mmmmmm i always thought i was pretty creative with my food but this takes the cake! these all look incredible 🙂

  • I will serve these sandwiches with soup. On these plates! They are my favorite. . .

  • a grilled cheese sandwich is my SECOND favorite food. (macaroni & cheese being #1) these all look so delicious. i’ll have to try them out!

  • A George Foreman Grill makes an excellent panini maker at a fraction of the price, you even get the grill marks! These look amazing, making my mouth water . . .

  • These all look delicious. I will definitely be trying out some of your variations, especially the apple and provolone.

  • One of my favorite restaurants serves a carmelized apple & brie grilled cheese- it’s amazing!!

  • The pear and ricotta cheese one sounds amazing! I haven’t had a grilled cheese sandwich in forever. I totally want one now!

    ♥ Gina Michele

  • O man! thats what I do too! With a panini press: harvarti jalepino cheese, ham , some kind of dip as a spread and hot peppers

  • Love all the ideas. I would have never, EVER thought to put pears in my grilled cheese but now I’m curious enough to give it a shot. Thanks!

  • What a super YUMMY post! Cheese is my passion and I’m getting so hungry looking at those pictures; I’d go for caramelized onion+swiss or apple+provolone 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • Yes, it’s soup and grilled cheese season!:)
    Yummy rye bread+ gouda cheese+ tomato grilled cheese. The biggest wedding purchase was my panini maker. It’s amazing with my afternoon treats.

    Damn you made me hunger….


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  • I have also been really into fancy grilled cheese lately, mostly because of seeing so many cool ideas for it on Pinterest. I tried strawberry and goat cheese, which was really good, and I’ve been wanting to do something with asparagus, but I’ll have to wait for early spring for that I suppose. If you’re interested, both ideas and a few others I think are on my food pinboard here –

  • They all look so tastyyy! Can’t wait to try every single one. 🙂 Thanks for the ideas!

  • my favorite is gruyere cheese and a fried egg on rosemary sour dough bread. mmmm, i love a grilled cheese.

  • I adore this post! Such great ideas and the visual is gorgeous!

    Yay for grilled cheese 🙂

    Virginie ♥

  • Mmmm these sound so good. I’m all about homemade “gourmet” grilled cheese. What a fantastic idea for a blog post. I can’t wait to try the apple/provolone and classic tomato/pesto/mozzarella versions.

  • Oh wow! Those look absolutely divine. I think I need to try some. We used to experiment with our paninis too, but we never really got past pesto and cranberries…

  • Ok, wow. I was hungry before, but am now about to gnaw off my left arm. And the AVACADO! Big time nomz. Thanks for the great ideas!

  • oh yum yum yum. there is a grilled cheese food truck that comes around that is so yummy.

  • Ah YUM, these grilled cheese sandwiches look fantastic! With this weather there really is nothing better than a nice grilled cheese… I must try these versions!

    Under My Umbrella

  • love this guest post and love the new blog look, Elsie!! Amazing work and inspiration, as usual. My7 family loves grilled cheese so I will be going back to this this fall/winter!
    Sarah M

  • Oh my goodness it’s only morning here and my mouth is watering. That banana betters with sausage and swiss looks amazing. I too should become more creative with my grilled cheese!

  • i love grilled cheese! my favorite is bacon + tomato. i’m going to have to add avocado to that mix next time!

  • Yum! These all look great, though I’m craving sweet at the moment so the pear with ricotta and honey would be great 🙂

  • All of them look so delicious !! 🙂

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  • these are perfectly amazing choices. i love making fancy grilled cheese sandwiches too! ah and with soup! yum, this makes me hungry for lunch at 8:30 in the morning!

  • I definitely need to try the pear, honey and ricotta and the muenster, bacon, avocado. And probably several of the other flavors! Yum!

    I don’t have a panini press, but I’ve used a foil-wrapped brick (just from the backyard) a few times and it works pretty well!

  • i am a lover of all comfort foods, and grilled cheese sandwiches are always at the top of my list! i’m dying to try these combinations!

  • I had grilled cheese and tomato soup for dinner over the weekend and it was delicious. My favorite grilled cheese is apple and brie- it’s perfection!

  • oh my gosh – yes please to all of those (well – minus the meat). As a vegetarian – this is like the best food post I have ever seen!

    Much love,


  • Mmm these look so delicious. Especially the caramelised onion one, I am obsessed with caramelised onion!


  • It’s four AM here. Does this mean I’m not going to go make grilled cheese? No, not at all.

    I’ll be back after my snack. 😉

  • Oh! I’m so jealous of you having all those gorgeous looking sandwiches to eat after you’d taken the photo of them. I think the apple and provolone is the one I’d go for, too.

  • Yum, yum! I love grilled cheese sandwichs, but have to say I’m a big fan of the plain old bree cheese & tomato 😀
    Kelly @
    Elegantly Academic

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  • Awesome! Thanks for sharing! I just got into experimenting with grilled cheese too. Check out this sage-infused grilled cheese sandwich on my blog:

  • oh yumm. my tummy hurts after too many sweets today, so a salty buttery little grilled cheese sandwich sounds so good right now. i never even thought of adding in different things to give it more power. good idea 🙂

  • Okay, YUM! These look so delicious! I love grilled cheese sandwiches too, especially paired with a yummy soup. Mmmmmmm.

  • Holy. Friggin. Moly.


    Talia Christine

  • mmmm those look so good and it’s making me hungry!

  • Goodness, I have been on a strict diet for a month and just lost 10lbs and now see this post and am starving! Looks yummy! Now I want a panini maker too. Just got my bf a pasta machine for his birthday. He has no idea. Ever used one of those? I hope it’s good!

  • I so need to go make the tomato, mozzarella and pesto one right now. It just seems like it would taste amazing right now.

  • I’m such a sucker for grilled cheese. It’s really like the best food ever. Especially for vegetarians. xo, rv

  • one of my favourite comfort foods. i’ll definitely be trying the caramelized onion and swiss. thanks for the great ideas!

  • i absolutely love this post and your decision to make so many variations at once! I’m so jealous you got to try all those!


  • Yummers! I want to try the apple one!

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    Elegant Twig Jewellery

  • yum! thanks for the tip above! i’m going to try that. these combo’s all sound so good and i have to say the plaid and polka dots look charming!

  • LOVE grilled cheeses. Those of you without a panini press, use the bottom of your tea kettle to press a sandwich in the pan. I like a classic basil/tomato addition or bacon and avocado.

  • YUM! I love traditional grilled cheese! You just gave me so many other delicious options!!!! I can’t wait to try these!

  • oh my god these llook SO SO good I need to get to grillin’…

  • Panini makers are the best! That reminds me to get mine out and make some delicious sandwiches! Thanks for all of the great ideas for new toppings. Yum.

    This post has totally got my stomach growling, ha!

  • *off to look for a panini maker*
    haha, unfortunately, I’m jusy joking but this will stay in my head until I buy one!!!!

  • We make one with gorgonzola cheese and honey drizzled on top, after it’s grilled. Domino called it “grown up grilled cheese.”

  • Yummy! I love grilled cheese and aim to try as many of those combo’s as possible! I really love these posts because a goal of mine is to be a more thoughtful cook, either for my family or a get together. I’m soooo not right now! So Thanks and Hearts, Janna Lynn

  • OH. My. Goodness! Yes! These all look yummy. I would like to try the california-style grilled cheese.

  • I really like this post! 😀 It’s cool to see all of the different variations you came up with. 😀 My boyfriend really seems to enjoy grilled sandwiches, as well as fruit in savory sandwiches, so I’ll have to tell him about this. 😀

  • we got a panini maker for our wedding 3 1/2 years ago and we haven’t used it once! now that i’ve seen that jalepeno/colby jack cheese sandwich, i might actually use it for the first time! YUM!!!

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

  • These look so delicious! I love trying unusual food combos, I think the apple could be a winner 🙂

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