Elevate the sandwich from standard to surprising.

By Real Simple
Updated September 28, 2005
Alexandra Rowley

Cheddar, Bacon, and Tomato on Seven-Grain

The bacon and tomato are the classic add-ons. Seven-grain bread lends a heartier bite (shown).

Mozzarella, Roasted Red Peppers, and Pesto on Focaccia

Snag the focaccia from the nearest bakery, the pesto and peppers (in a jar) from the grocery store. Add a bottle of Chianti, and mangia.

Feta, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Olive Tapenade in a Pita

For a mini Mediterranean escape, have the grilled pita tonight, then use up the leftover Feta, tomatoes, and bottled tapenade in a Greek salad tomorrow.

Muenster, Avocado, and Sprouts on Sourdough

Even though it is all good for you, this silky-textured sandwich with subtle flavors and the tang of sourdough might just end up being your go-to grilled cheese for rainy nights.