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Grilled Cheese

Grilled Cheese traditional recipe. Add different cheeses to fit your taste. Make homemade bread for the best grilled cheese sandwich!

I like to add multiple kinds of cheese to a grilled cheese sandwich. I like the combined flavors. There is an endless number of combinations. The BEST grilled cheese is made with homemade bread.  

A good substitution for butter is mayo. It adds a nice tang to the sandwich. Sometimes I forget to get the butter out of the refrigerator and instead of melting it or trying to spread cold butter onto the bread I will use mayo.  

Cost Per Serving $3.12 as of October 2022

If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $12.47.

If you have a fully stocked pantry this recipe will cost about $7.99.

  • Cost per serving reduces to $2.00.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.

Stove Top

Recipe serves: 4

Serving size: 1 sandwich

Equipment needed: 1 frying pan

Total time: 15 minutes


Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices. If you have a fully stocked pantry there will be a savings of about $4.48.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $4.48 as of October 2022

  • Butter $4.48


Total: $7.99 as of October 2022

  • 1 loaf fresh bakery bread $3.99
  • 1 block monetary jack cheese $2.00
  • 1 block cheddar cheese 2.00

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Complete prep from prep tab above.
  2. Preheat oven to 170°F
  3. Heat a 12” sauté pan on medium 
  4. Butter 8 slices of bread.
  5. Add two slices of bread butter side down in the sauté pan
  6. Add 1/4 cup monetary jack cheese to each slice of bread in sauté pan.
  7. Add 1/4 cup cheddar cheese to each slice of bread in sauté pan.
  8. Top cheese with bread butter side up and add a dash of pepper to the bread slices.
  9. Cover the pan with a lid.
  10. Flip the bread when the bottom is brown about 2-4 minutes for the first side.
  11. Cook for 1-2 minutes on the second side until brown.
  12. Place on a rack sheet pan then into the oven to keep the sandwiches warm. Continue with the next set. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Weekly Dinners for 2 under $70 – Menu 5

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