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11 Hacks to the Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich


You deserve better in your brown bag lunch. Try these hacks to up your grilled cheese game and become a pro at this beloved classic!

Choose the Right Kind of Bread

A sandwich is only as good as its bread. Although you're free to try whatever kinds you like, stay away from anything with too many grains or seeds: these breads are generally not very absorbent, and you want a bread that will be able to soak up all the cheese and butter. Your best choice is probably a brioche, but other good options range from simple white bread or pullman loaf to a dark and rich pumpernickel.

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VIDEO: Baked French Croque Monsieurs

Enjoy these super easy, cheesy, dumpling-style croque monsieurs!


  • 4 slices of bread
  • 4 slices of ham
  • 6 cherry tomatoes
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Flour
  • Egg yolk
  • Breadcrumbs


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. On a large piece of plastic wrap, press one slice of bread flat with a rolling pin.
  3. Add one slice of ham, cherry tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese.
  4. Take the four corners of the bread, pull them in towards the center, pinch them together so that the bread maintains the shape.
  5. Envelope the bread in the plastic wrap. Gather and twist the ends on top to seal the sandwich dumpling.
  6. Repeat this step with the other slices of bread.
  7. Refrigerate.
  8. Remove the bread balls from the fridge and roll each one in flour, then egg yolk, then breadcrumbs.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes.
  10. Serve alone or with dipping sauces of your choice.

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