Happy National Grilled Cheese Month! 3 Ways to Revamp Your Favorite Classic

By Emily Collins

Grilled cheese: An American classic, a staple of your childhood. The tasty, quick meal has come very far in the past few years and even has the entire month of April to celebrate its deliciousness. We all have our tried and true favorites, but to celebrate the delightful sandwich, here are some great, new ways to revamp your classic comfort food!

1. The Grilled Cheese Roll

Grilled Cheese Rolls | Photo credit: gimmesomeoven on Tablespoon


First up is my personal favorite: the grilled cheese roll. They’re adorable, functional and only take about 10 minutes to prepare. These treats are perfect for a party appetizer or to eat on the go. If you like tomato soup with your grilled cheese, this recipe is the best way to maximize your dunking experience!


  • 2 slices of your favorite type of pre-sliced bread
  • 2 slices of American cheese
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • Optional: a can of tomato soup


  1. Take your two slices of bread (or more if it’s for a party!) and cut off the crust.
  2. Use a rolling pin to flatten your bread. If you don’t have one, a wine bottle always works.
  3. Take your slices of American cheese and place them on the flattened bread.
  4. Take the bread and cheese and roll it very tightly.
  5. In the meantime, take your 2 tbsp of butter and let it simmer in a frying pan on medium heat.
  6. Make sure your grilled cheese rolls are nice and tight and place them seam down in the pan. This will prevent your grilled cheese rolls from unrolling in the pan.
  7. Once the edge is sealed, flip the rolls so they’re cooked evenly for 4-5 minutes.
  8. Serve on a plate with a bowl of tomato soup while they’re still hot!

2. The Lazy Grilled Cheese

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Classic Grilled Cheese | Photo credit: Closet Cooking

Next up is what I like to call “the lazy grilled cheese.” We all have those days. You forgot to shop. Bread and cheese are your only options, turning on the stove feels like such a chore. But wait! There’s hope! Got a toaster? How about a microwave? You’re in luck! This recipe is a life saver if you’re too busy to cook or are just feelinga little lazy.


  • Two slices of white or wheat bread
  • Your favorite kind of cheese (I love to use shredded cheese for this quick recipe)


  1. Place 2 slices of bread in the toaster until it’s nice and crispy.
  2. Take toast and place the cheese between.
  3. Put the sandwich in the microwave about 15-20 seconds, no more than that!

3. Date Night Grilled Cheese

Tomato, Avocado and Jalapeno Grilled Cheese | Photo credit: Delicious-Delightful-Delovely


Now, we’re about to step up our game a little bit. This is our date night grilled cheese. Don’t know how to cook at all, but want to impress your date? This is the meal for you. It’s a tomato, avocado and jalapeno grilled cheese. It’s a spicy twist on your favorite classic and totally easy to make.


  • A thick bread, ideally French bread or Panini style bread. This is crucial to make your date fall in love with your grilled cheese in disguise
  • Sliced Mozzarella cheese
  • 4-5 cilantro leaves. Whole or chopped
  • Chopped and seeded jalapenos, as many or as little as you want
  • Thinly sliced avocado
  • Thinly sliced tomato
  • Butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place a frying pan on the stove at medium heat.
  3. Butter the outside of both slices of bread.
  4. Place buttered bread onto frying pan.
  5. Start to layer your ingredients, cheese first.
  6. As the cheese is melting, lay the tomato, jalapenos, cilantro and avocado gradually. Be sure to check the bottom of the bread and make sure it is not burning.
  7. Add another layer of sliced mozzarella cheese and place the other slice of bread atop the sandwich.
  8. Once the bottom layer is melted, slowly flip your sandwich to the other side.
  9. Apply pressure to the sandwich gradually. Once the cheese is melted and warm, take your grilled cheese and place it onto a greased cooking pan.
  10. Place the sandwich in the oven for about a minute to ensure the cheese is completely melted.

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Taco Bells Reveals New ‘Gourmet Mexican’ Menu

With the recent success of Taco Bell’s Doritos Locos Tacos, the fast food chain has big plans to continue its success by launching a brand new menu. The new ‘Cantina Bell’ menu is inspired by casual dining chains like Chipotle and Qdoba, which are known for their high quality ingredients. The new menu was created by celebrity chef Lorena Garcia who will appear on “Top Chef Masters” this summer, and will be unveiled at Taco Bell’s 5,600 locations sometime in July.

Taco Bell classifies this food themselves as “gourmet Mexican”, and new items on the menu will feature cilantro rice, black beans, citrus and herb marinated chicken, and cilantro dressing. Taco Bell executive Brian Niccol says the move comes from customers increasingly expecting more than just a quick bite on the go. Of course Taco Bell standards like burrito’s, chalupas and nachos will remain on the menu for the restaurant chain’s devoted following of young-adult customers.

The new Cantina Burrito Bowl and Cantina Burrito will be pricier than Taco Bell patrons are accustomed to, and will sell for around $5 each. Customers can also choose from new side dishes including chips and pico de gallo, guacamole, and black beans and rice. Taco Bell executives acknowledge that these new menu items may draw skepticism from some critics, but they are ultimately hoping to increase options for customers and attract new ones as well. In addition, Taco Bell will refund customers or offer them replacements if they are not satisfied by the new Cantina Bell dishes.

The Cantina Bell menu has already been tested at several locations in California, and the brand has seen an increase in lunch and dinner business as well as more female customers. Taco Bell is hoping to capitalize on a niche that may desire food more substantial than Taco Bell’s regular menu, without paying the higher prices at Chipotle and Qdoba.

Taco Bell will spend over $20 million on advertisements for Cantina Bell once the items are released nationwide, and hopes to continue the momentum that it has had in 2012. After a yearlong lawsuit alleging that Taco Bell’s meat contained too many additives to be called beef, its sales have finally rebounded, and it plans to offer its breakfast menu nationwide by 2014.

Taco Bell currently account for 60% of the sales of its owner, Yum Brands Inc., which also owns Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut.

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