We’re Oozing Excitement for National Grilled Cheese Month

April is National Grilled Cheese Month, better known in my house as every freakin’ month!  How can you not love ooey, gooey, cheese smushed between two pieces of bread?  I’m a sucker for extra-sharp white cheddar cheese with basil on rosemary sea salt bread.  I’m also obsessed with melted gruyere and caramelized onions on sourdough.  Swiss cheese and prosciutto….yes, please!  If I can make a grilled sandwich out of it, then I’m a fan!

Tips for a GREAT grilled cheese?  You need to start with great cheese AND great bread.  I always recommend grating the cheese for better melting, and going for a ratio of thick cheese to thin bread. Butter the bread instead of melting it in the pan, and flatten the sandwich during grilling.

If you want to spend hours scrolling through seductive photos of melty grilled cheese and toasty buttered buns, then gosh darn it, go ahead.  I’ve assembled a list of some of the most creative places in the South to indulge your grilled cheese obsession or maybe you’ll get some ideas to try in your own kitchen.

Go ahead, take a look. We promise we won’t tell.

Three Sheets in Atlanta hosts a grilled cheese tasting every month that pairs five different sandwiches with wine.  www.threesheetsatlanta.com

Three Sheets in Atlanta hosts a grilled cheese tasting every month that pairs 5 different sandwiches with wine. www.threesheetsatlanta.com

 

At Butcher & Bee in Charleston, fans can find out the daily specials through Facebook and Twitter.  A past grilled cheese favorite featured pickled okra, candied pecans, and pimento cheese.  www.butcherandbee.com

At Butcher & Bee in Charleston, fans can find out the daily specials through Facebook and Twitter. A past grilled cheese favorite featured pickled okra, candied pecans, and pimento cheese. www.butcherandbee.com

 

The Heritage Grill in Metairie, Louisiana uses seasonal crawfish or crab, fontina, and white cheddar on seven grain bread.  www.heritagegrillmetairie.com

The Heritage Grill in Metairie, Louisiana uses seasonal crawfish or crab, fontina, and white cheddar on seven grain bread. www.heritagegrillmetairie.com

 

Ashville, North Carolina is the home of Tomato Jam Cafe where grilled cheese is celebrated all year 'round.  Their All The Way Grilled Cheese offers roasted tomato, caramelized onions, and your choice of cheese and meat.  www.tomatojamcafe.com

Asheville, North Carolina is the home of Tomato Jam Cafe where grilled cheese is celebrated all year ’round. Their All The Way Grilled Cheese offers roasted tomato, caramelized onions, and your choice of cheese and meat. www.tomatojamcafe.com

 

Savannah's eclectic Soho South Cafe is the home of what some people think is the BEST grilled cheese AND tomato bisque.  Smoked gouda, gruyere, and pimento aioli on sourdough bread with a bowl of tomato bisque...you can't have one without the other.  www.sohosouthcafe.com

Savannah’s eclectic Soho South Cafe is the home to what some people think is the BEST grilled cheese AND tomato bisque. Smoked gouda, gruyere, and pimento aioli on sourdough bread with a bowl of tomato bisque…you can’t have one without the other. www.sohosouthcafe.com

Happy Grilled Cheese Month!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eat It and Like It launched in Savannah, Georgia with television personality Jesse Blanco as the host. His passion for food and travel has made Eat It and Like It a two-time EMMY nominated program about contemporary and traditional Southern food.

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