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Which Kind Of Grilled Cheese Is Actually The Best?

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    Gruyère
    Gruyère
    Swiss
    Swiss
    American
    American
    Cheddar
    Cheddar
    Muenster
    Muenster
    Pepper Jack
    Pepper Jack

Which Kind Of Grilled Cheese Is Actually The Best?

You got: Nope, not Gruyère

Listen, Gruyère is delicious. If you're doing a cheese fondue, you MUST have Gruyère in there. But for grilled cheese, you usually need to soften it up first or it doesn't melt right. It's just too temperamental.

Nope, not Gruyère
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You got: Nope, not Swiss

Swiss cheese is a fine cheese for sandwiches, and adds some nice flavor. But even though it's an acceptable choice for grilled cheese, it's not the best. Besides, it's not even actually Swiss.

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You got: You're damn right it's American cheese

American or processed cheese is the absolute best cheese for the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. It melts perfectly just as your bread is turning golden brown and crispy, and it's all creamy and melty and delicious. If you don't think American cheese makes the best grilled cheese, you need to get your snooty ass up out my face this instant.

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You got: Nope, not cheddar

A nice sharp cheddar is a good choice, but it usually ends up melting too late and being just a bit too dry to make it the "perfect" choice for grilled cheese.

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You got: Nope, not Muenster

Muenster cheese melts excellently and easily, and if you're melting cheese over potatoes or something it's the perfect choice. But it's not quite the best choice for grilled cheese.

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You got: Nope, not pepper Jack

Pepper Jack cheese adds a nice kick to a grilled cheese sandwich, which can be nice for a change of pace. But there's the catch: It's really a change-of-pace cheese, not an everyday use cheese.

Nope, not pepper Jack
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    Whole wheat
    Whole wheat
    French bread
    French bread
    Sourdough
    Sourdough
    Brioche
    Brioche
    White bread
    White bread
    Foccacia
    Foccacia

Which Kind Of Grilled Cheese Is Actually The Best?

You got: Nope, not French bread

Baguettes are delicious, but good luck trying to get that thing into a workable shape and size for grilled cheese.

Nope, not French bread
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You got: Nope, not whole wheat

Whole wheat is just white bread that's trying to pretend it's not white bread. Therefore, you might as well just eat white bread because it's delicious.

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You got: You're damn right it's white bread

Listen, you can go with a sourdough or something and get a good result, but there is nothing — NOTHING — that beats a grilled cheese sandwich with some country white bread when it's perfectly grilled. Preferably with a side of tomato soup. You could even dip it in ketchup. That's right, ketchup. Fight me.

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You got: Nope, not sourdough

Of everything listed here, sourdough is probably the second-best choice. Nice flavor, decent consistency. It's just really hard to get the slices the correct thickness for optimum cheese-to-bread ratio.

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You got: Nope, not brioche

Usually sliced too thick, and generally just a bit too dry. Next.

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You got: Nope, not foccacia

Foccacia is excellent for panini and for eating while you're waiting for your food at an Italian restaurant. It makes a great grilled cheese, but not the BEST grilled cheese.

Nope, not foccacia
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