garlic grilled cheese stacked on top of wooden cutting board

Garlic Grilled Cheese

This grilled cheese sandwich features a garlic butter spread, two gooey types of cheese, fresh tomato slices, and tangy sourdough bread. It’s the ultimate comfort food!

Rainy days always make me crave a good grilled cheese sandwich. Something about the bubbling, gooey, melted cheese in a grilled sandwich is so satisfying when you are cold and wet. I wanted to elevate the classic grilled cheese sandwich, so I’ve created a garlic grilled cheese sandwich!

This recipe is a marriage of your standard diner grilled cheese with cheesy garlic bread: it features a garlic butter spread, two gooey types of sharp and nutty cheeses, fresh tomato slices, and tangy sourdough bread. Rich, buttery, cheesy, garlicky, with slightly sweet tomatoes – it’s the ultimate comfort food!

white hand holding a garlic grilled cheese

Why This Recipe Works

Ready in 10 Minutes

Simple and Easy Ingredients

Gooey, Bubbly, and Melted Goodness

Kid-Friendly

Great On-The-Go Lunch Option

parsley butter on sourdough bread
tomato slices on sourdough bread

Garlic Grilled Cheese Ingredients

  • Unsalted butter – using unsalted butter lets you control the amount of salt in your dish
  • Garlic – the key ingredient in this dish!
  • Fresh parsley – adds freshness
  • Sourdough bread – I prefer sourdough bread but you can use your favorite type of sandwich bread
  • Cheddar cheese – provides sharp tanginess that pairs nicely with the richness of this sandwich
  • Provolone cheese – creamy and nutty
  • Tomato – sweet and acidic, and cuts through the richness of a grilled cheese
cheddar cheese on sourdough
sourdough bread in skillet

Easy Step-By-Step Instructions

1. In a small bowl, whisk together the butter, garlic, and parsley (if using). Set aside.

2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Spread garlic butter on one side of each slice of bread.

3. Place two buttered bread slices (buttered side down) in skillet. Place 1-2 slices of cheddar, provolone, and tomato, along with pinch of salt and pepper, on top of bread, and top with remaining buttered sourdough (with buttered side facing up).

4. Cook for around 4-5 minutes or until bottom turns golden brown. Flip over sandwich and cook another 4-5 minutes, until other side is golden brown. Serve warm.

garlic grilled cheese cut in half on a wooden cutting board with tomato slices in background

Recipe Notes and Helpful Tips

If it looks like your cheese isn’t melting after a few minutes, cover the pan for a minute or two to help it along.

If you make your grilled cheese ahead of time and need to reheat, I recommend doing it in the toaster oven (or regular oven) to help re-crisp the bread. Reheating in the microwave may lead to soggy bread.

Use your favorite cheese in this recipe, if you don’t prefer cheddar or provolone.

three pieces of garlic grilled cheese stacked on a cutting board with sourdough slices in background
three pieces of garlic grilled cheese on cutting board with tomato and sourdough slices in background

Enjoy your week, and feel free to drop me a line in the comments – I would love to hear if you try this recipe! Or tag me on Instagram @maryannehoekstra to let me know how it turned out! Also, if you are enjoying my blog, please consider recommending it to your friends. They can subscribe here.

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garlic grilled cheese stacked on top of wooden cutting board

Garlic Grilled Cheese

This grilled cheese sandwich features a garlic butter spread, two gooey types of cheese, fresh tomato slices, and tangy sourdough bread. It's the ultimate comfort food!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 sandwiches

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
  • 4 sourdough bread slices
  • 2-4 cheddar cheese slices
  • 2-4 provolone cheese slices
  • 2-4 tomato slices
  • pinch of salt and black pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the butter, garlic, and parsley (if using). Set aside.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Spread garlic butter on one side of each slice of bread.
  • Place two buttered bread slices (buttered side down) in skillet. Place 1-2 slices of cheddar, provolone, and tomato, along with pinch of salt and pepper, on top of bread, and top with remaining buttered sourdough (with buttered side facing up).
  • Cook for around 4-5 minutes or until bottom turns golden brown. Flip over sandwich and cook another 4-5 minutes, until other side is golden brown. Serve warm.
Keyword comfort food, garlic, grilled cheese, sourdough

2 Comments

  1. Barbara Haner

    5 stars
    The photos for this grilled cheese sandwich look like you can take a bite right out of the screen! It looks scrumptious! I have not had internet for about 10 days and I have really missed following your blog! I am catching up!

    • Gastronotherapy

      Thank you! It’s a very decadent and delicious sandwich! And thanks for taking the time to peruse my blog! 🙂

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