Cookie & Kate’s Favorite Grilled Cheese Recipe Is Full of Brilliant Tips

published Jan 20, 2022
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Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman | Food Stylist: Jesse Szewczyk

I went to college in southern California, where In-n-Out reigns supreme. On countless afternoons, my friends and I would find ourselves grabbing a bite to eat at the location closest to campus. While the fast-food restaurant is known for its burgers, they also make a delicious grilled cheese sandwich, which my vegetarian friends were always extremely grateful for. In many ways, I consider vegetarians to be the experts on grilled cheese sandwiches. There are so many sandwiches that involve meat or fish, but grilled cheeses are a classic that vegetarians can enjoy.

Cookie and Kate is a vegetarian blog run by Kate Taylor with the assistance of her dog, Cookie. The blog is a popular destination for those who don’t eat meat, but it’s equally enticing for omnivores like me. I knew immediately that Kate’s recipe would be a great contender because it’s far from your average grilled cheese. Her recipe includes a cheesy, crispy exterior, Dijon mustard, and green onions. I was obviously very intrigued by these components, so I decided to give it a try.

Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman | Food Stylist: Jesse Szewczyk

How to Make Cookie and Kate’s Favorite Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Spread a thin layer of Dijon mustard on one side of one slice of bread. Mix together chopped green onions and freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese and set aside. Melt about 1 teaspoon of butter over medium heat in a nonstick skillet. Place the slice of bread with mustard in the skillet with the mustard side facing up. Sprinkle the green onion and cheddar mixture on top until it’s piled about 3/4-inch high, then place another slice of bread on top. Cover the skillet with a lid and cook until the bottom slice of bread is golden-brown.

Remove the sandwich and add more butter to the skillet. Once the butter has melted, flip the sandwich over and place it back in. Cover the skillet again and cook until the bottom slice is golden-brown and the cheese has melted all the way through. For the cheesy crust, remove the sandwich from the skillet and sprinkle grated cheddar into the skillet in roughly the same shape as the toast. Flip the sandwich over onto the cheese and let it cook until the cheese has stopped sizzling.

Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman | Food Stylist: Jesse Szewczyk

My Honest Review of Cookie and Kate’s Favorite Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This recipe had so many elements that made it extra delicious. For example, the addition of Dijon mustard was so smart and added another layer of flavor. I also loved the cheddar cheese crust. It didn’t take long at all and made the sandwich extra cheesy, which is always a win in my book. Kate’s recipe also had the technique down pat. She has you grate the cheese, which is best for melting, and she instructs you to cover the skillet while the sandwiches cook, just as any good grilled cheese recipe should.

The only thing I didn’t love about this recipe was the green onions. I was excited about them because they seemed like a fun, easy way to add a bit of excitement, but I could have lived without them. The mustard adds enough flavor to make things interesting, so the green onions ultimately felt like a bit of overkill. That aside, this is a quality grilled cheese recipe, and I would absolutely make one again — just without the green onions!  

Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman | Food Stylist: Jesse Szewczyk

If You’re Making Cookie and Kate’s Favorite Grilled Cheese, a Few Tips

  1. Switch up the cheeses. Sharp cheddar is the foundation of any great grilled cheese, but you could also grate in some Gruyère or Havarti to add another dimension to the sandwich.
  2. Skip the green onions. Unless you’re a superfan of green onions, I would go ahead and skip them in this recipe. They didn’t really add anything for me.
  3. Put a cheesy crust on both sides. The next time I make this grilled cheese recipe, I’ll definitely put the cheese crust on both sides for an extra cheesy grilled cheese.

Overall rating: 9/10