o most people, grilled cheese means a few Kraft Singles sandwiched between slices of Wonder Bread. As comforting as it may be, the standard take offers only a glimpse of grilled cheese’s full potential.
A better grilled cheese needs substance, something to turn it from a high-calorie snack into a low-calorie meal, hence the mushrooms and the pile of caramelized onions here. Mushrooms and Swiss are close buddies, so out goes the processed American cheese. White bread has very little nutritional value, so rye stands out as the better—and tastier—alternative. This all goes to show you that food, no matter how sacred, is meant to be played with.
NUTRITION: 340 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated), 570 mg sodium
1⁄2 Tbsp olive oil
2 cups cremini mushrooms, sliced
Salt and black pepper to taste
8 slices rye bread
2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
1 cup caramelized onions
1⁄2 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves (optional)
2 Tbsp softened butter
Once you’ve successfully broken free from the shackles of standard grilled cheese, you’ll be hungry to explore more genre-bending options. Here are a few of our favorites: