Easy Sheet Pan Grilled Cheese
What is not to love about grilled cheese. It appeals to all ages, its kid friendly as well as appealing to adults. The perfect pairing to french fries or tater tots and nothing beats a good cup of warm soup. We tend to make them more summery during the summer months with fresh mozzarella, fresh tomatoes (even better if fresh from the garden) along with fresh basil and a drizzle of balsamic. Delicious! But my personal favorite will always be a classic grilled cheese with a cup of soup. Unless I’m out at the local bar. Then it’s got to be grilled cheese, onion rings and a plate of pickles. Don’t know what they do but they get the perfect crunch on the bread and all kinds of gooeyness on the inside. So how do you get it at home? You make a sheet pan grilled cheese using your bonMat.
Simple Sheet Pan Grilled Cheese
I grew up eating grilled cheese made in a pan in the stove. Now while there’s nothing wrong with this, it just does not have the same appeal as a grilled cheese that was made on a flat top. Besides it never getting that awesome crunch, if it was for dinner chances are it’s getting cold and starting to solidify again before everyone’s is done.
Solution? The bonMat (and don’t forget your perforated sheet). Seriously it’s that easy. Making grilled cheese on the bonMAT is so easy. Prep them like you normally would and just line them up. And because the bonMAT gives you that crunch it’s almost a perfect sheet pan grilled cheese. If given the choice this is my prep method of choice. I might even go as far as saying it’s the only way I’ll eat them at home now. Oh and no sticky residue to deal with on the pans.
Gourmet Grilled Cheese at Home
Gourmet grilled cheese seems to be all the rage right now. And trust me I am NOT complaining. My wallet might be at times but my taste buds are doing a happy dance. Some of the combinations I would never have thought of on my own. I love going with a group and then sharing. It’s so much fun to try them all. But of course, you can’t always find a truck and sometimes you’ve just got to buckle down and eat in. So let’s talk duplicating it al home.
You can’t get quite the same result without that flat top, but you sure can get a tasty copycat that will most likely still hit the spot. But what I’ve noticed is because you can get that crunch on the bread using the bonMAT it’s a little easier to flip. Or if you really want you don’t even have to flip them. And if it’s easier to flip, that means it’s easier to add fun goodies and combos into your grilled cheese. So much easier than if you’re making them in a pan on the stove.
Grilled Cheese for a Crowd
As if making your own crunchy grilled cheese isn’t enough, now you get to make the perfect sheet pan grilled cheese for a crowd. Probably the biggest complaint when making grilled cheese is that it gets cold if you’re using a pan and need to make a lot of them. This is a huge problem if you want to make them for a party or if you have a large family. I mean my family of 5 can’t all get hot grilled cheese if we use the pan. However, I can make upwards of 14 grilled cheese all at once if I make a sheet pan grilled cheese. It was so much fun to make these for a party we were having. Classic tomato soup paired with a giant plate of basic grilled cheese. Sheet pan grilled cheese to the rescue.
How to Make a Sheet Pan Grilled Cheese
Here’s where the super easy part comes into play. Heat your oven to 400 degrees. You have to preheat your oven. I know I love to cheat this step but this is one recipe that you want that oven nice and hot. Get a perforated sheet and bonMAT out. Prep your grilled cheese like you normally would. Place your prepped grilled cheese on the mat. Bake at 400 for 5-10 minutes. The range here is because the more sandwiches you are making means the longer it will take. It also depends on just how crunchy you want it. But the good news is that once you get your timing down, it’s pretty consistent. I flip my sandwiches and then place them back into the oven for another 5 minutes usually.
Now if you want to save some time cook your sandwiches open face for about 5-10 minutes. (see note above) and then flip together. Only real downer to this is that you need to have more space available to make your sandwich. But far from the end of the world. This is a case of what do YOU want to do. So play. Darn. You might just have to make a few batches of grilled cheese and taste test them to see which method you like the best. What a shame.
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