Today is National Sandwich Day. While you could celebrate with a trip to Subway, Jimmy John's, or my personal favorite, Jersey Mike's, why don't you explore something new? Here are 5 funky grilled cheese sandwiches to test out today. As for me...I'll be diving head first into a tuna melt.

1.) Bacon Pretzel Grilled Cheese

  • Ingredients:
    • frozen pretzel, thawed and sliced
    • 3 slices of bacon, cooked
    • 1 slice of Havarti cheese
    • a little butter
  • How to:
    • Place bacon on bottom half of grilled cheese.
    • Top with cheese and pretzel top.
    • Melt butter in nonstick skillet and warm sandwich until cheese is melted.

2.) Loaded Nacho Grilled Cheese

  • Ingredients:
    • 2 slices French bread
    • 1 tbsp sour cream
    • 2 tbsp salsa
    • Mexican shredded cheese
    • 3 tbsp cooked ground beef
    • taco seasoning
    • diced avocado
    • black beans
    • 2 slices chopped jalapeno pepper
    • 1 scrambled egg
    • a little butter
  • How to:
    • Put sour cream on one slice of bread and salsa on the other slice.
    • Layer cheese, ground beef, seasoning, avocado, beans, jalapeno, and eggs.
    • Top with another layer of cheese and another slice of bread.
    • Heat butter in a nonstick skillet and warm sandwich until browned.

3.) Dulce de Leche and Mascarpone Grilled Cheese

  • Ingredients:
    • 1 ounce mascarpone cheese
    • 1 tbsp dulce de leche
    • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
    • a little butter
    • 2 slices cinnamon raisin bread
  • How to:
    • In a bowl, combine mascarpone, dulce de leche, and vanilla extract.
    • Butter one side of each slice of bread.
    • Spread mixture on non-buttered side of each slice of bread.
    • Put together, butter sides out, and warm on nonstick skillet for 1-2 minutes.

4.) Fried Chicken and Waffle Grilled Cheese

  • Ingredients:
    • 2 waffles
    • 2 slices of cheddar cheese
    • 1 piece of fried chicken, thinly cut up
    • a little butter
  • How to:
    • Add a slice of cheese to each waffle.
    • Arrange chicken on one side of sandwich.
    • Put together and heat butter on nonstick skillet. Warm until cheese melts.

5.) Cream Cheese and Nutella Grilled Cheese

  • Ingredients:
    • 2 slices of Italian bread
    • 1 ounce cream cheese
    • 1 tablespoon Nutella
    • melted chocolate
    • fresh berries
  • How to:
    • Heat oven to 450 degrees.
    • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    • Lay bread, separately, on baking sheet and toast until brown (2-3 minutes.)
    • Spread softened cream cheese on one slice of bread.
    • Spread Nutella on other slice of bread.
    • Put sandwich together and broil in oven for 1-2 minutes.
    • Drizzle with melted chocolate and top with berries.
What is your favorite sandwich?

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