Parm-Crusted Grilled Cheese


A decidedly adult (and delicious) take on a classic grilled cheese.

Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins

When you've fallen into a cooking funk, ordering a few simple cookbooks for quick and easy weeknight meals can provide the motivation you need. Then there are other times when a grilled cheese sandwich is just what you crave.

This butter-crusted grilled cheese recipe takes the classic up a notch with a layer of Parmigiano-Reggiano (aka Parm) alongside the butter to create a salty, crispy exterior to rival all grilled cheeses. A trio of sophisticated ingredients fills each sandwich.


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

  • 4 bread slices

  • 1 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated (about ¼ cup)

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • .50 cup thinly sliced unpeeled Gala apple (from 1 small apple)

  • 1.50 ounces Gruyère cheese, shredded (about 1/3 cup)


  1. Spread butter evenly over 1 side of each bread slice. Sprinkle Parmigiano-Reggiano evenly over butter; press gently to adhere. Flip 2 bread slices to face butter side down and spread evenly with mustard. Top mustard with apple slices; top apple slices evenly with Gruyère. Top Gruyère with remaining bread slices, butter side up.

  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium. Add sandwiches and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Remove from skillet. Slice sandwiches diagonally and serve immediately.

    Parm Grilled Cheese
    Jennifer Causey
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