Everything Parmesan Crusted Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese sandwich and a basil garnish on the side.

 

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Everything Spice and Parmesan Crusted Grilled Cheese – it’s crunchy and salty on the outside and ooey gooey on the inside. The everything spice is filled with pungent flavors of maldon salt and garlic, and it’s a perfect combination with the cheese and bread.

 

This recipe is adapted from Half Baked Harvest. I had never heard of everything spice before, but now I see it everywhere. It’s a salty and garlicky spice blend that often is used as a topping on bagels. However, it’s super delicious on all kinds of bread (mm well maybe not a cinnamon roll, but you know).

 

Two grilled cheese sandwiches cut in half in a skillet.

 

Norwegian vs. American grilled cheese situation

 

Grilled cheeses aren’t all that popular in Norway, and they are usually made with ham too. I now appreciate the simplicity of just a grilled cheese – it is supposed to be simple. Comforting food; while the weather is raging outside, enjoy a cup of coffee, Irish Coffee or maybe an Orange Hot Chocolate, and this delicious everything spice and parmesan crusted grilled cheese.

 

And one thing I learned from Pinterest – Americans use grilled cheeses as a side dish to soup. I mean, how genius is that! In Norway, plain bread with butter is sufficient, but now I am always craving grilled cheese to soup. Up the comfort game!

 

Hand holding one half of a grilled cheese sandwich.

 

Honestly, I am not a cheese person. I like cheese, but I don’t love cheese like some does (uhem Rachael Ray yes?). The more cheese does not make things better, but a little goes a long way. This grilled cheese has the right amount and balances the bread just right, in my opinion. Of course, add more if you want more, but this is my preference. I think it’s the parmesan everything spice crust that is the star of this show.

 

However, I added a little more cheese to these grilled cheese sandwiches for photographic purposes, so if you want that you add about an extra slice of cheddar cheese grated on top.

 

Grilled cheese on a wooden cutting board.

 

Everything Spice and Parmesan Crusted Grilled Cheese

 

Mix all the everything spice ingredients together and store in an airtight container. Get white or sour dough bread (I usually like whole wheat, but I find that it doesn’t work on grilled cheeses), and cut into half inch slices.

 

Spread butter on the outsides, sprinkle with everything spice and top with a little parmesan cheese. Press the spice and parmesan lightly onto the bread so it sticks. In the inside, just add as much cheese (Jarlsberg or cheddar) as you want, or 1/2-3/4 cup divided on two toasts like me.

 

Grilled cheese cut in half and shown inside, milk in the background.

 

Squish the two slices together and place in a medium heated non-stick pan (not necessary with butter or oil).

 

Medium heat will allow the slices to become crispy on the outside, but not hard, and the cheese will melt. It does take a little while, but it’s so worth it. I often like to add a lid to keep, so that the cheese melts quicker without burning the crust.

 

One grilled cheese sandwich on a wooden cutting board.

 

Once the bread is as crispy as you want, you might want to press it down a little with a spatula, to incorporate the cheese a little into the bread. Or you can use a toast maker, the choice is completely yours.

 

Grilled cheeses are all about simplicity, remember.

 

Serve with roasted tomato soup (recipe will be up this week!), pumpkin sage brown butter soup or simply on their own.

 

Grilled cheese on a cutting board, milk in the background.

 

Enjoy!

 

More toasts and easy comfort food:

 

 

Apple Honey Brie Toast, apples in basket. Balsamic Blackberry Basil Grilled Cheese Serrano Ham and Mozzarella Pita Pizzas

 

 

Roasted tomato soup in a bowl, spoon taking up a pasta. Pumpkin Sage Brown Butter Soup Chinese Sesame Fried Rice

 

I’d love some feedback! Either in the comment section below, or tag me @thegingerwithspice on Instagram. And don’t forget to Pin it for later!

 

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This recipe was originally published April 10th 2018, but updated in July 2019 for better photos and content.

Grilled cheese sandwich and a basil garnish on the side.
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5 from 7 votes

Everything Spice and Parmesan Crusted Grilled Cheese

Everything Spice and Parmesan Crusted Grilled Cheese - it's crunchy and salty on the outside and ooey gooey on the inside. Perfect comfort food!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast & Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: everything spice, grilled cheese
Servings: 2
Calories: 468kcal
Author: Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Ingredients

Grilled Cheese

  • 4 slices white or sourdough bread 1/2 inch thick
  • 1/2 - 2/3 cup Jarlsberg or cheddar cheese grated. 120-170g
  • 2 tbsp butter for spreading
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese grated
  • 2 tbsp Everything Spice see below

Everything Spice

  • 3 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp dried onion
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp Maldon salt or any flakey sea salt

Instructions

  • Make everything spice: Mix all the everything spice ingredients together, and store in an airtight container. Makes about 1/2 cup.
  • Prepare parmesan crust: Get white or sour dough bread, and cut into half inch slices. Spread butter on the outsides, sprinkle with 1/2 tbsp everything spice on each outside, and sprinkle with a little parmesan cheese. Press the spice and parmesan lightly onto the bread so it sticks.
  • Fill with cheese: In the inside, just add as much cheese as you want, or 1/2 cup divided on two like me. Squish the two slices together and place in a medium heated non-stick pan (not necessary with butter or oil).
  • Grill the grilled cheese: Medium heat will allow the slices to become crispy on the outside, but not hard, and the cheese will melt. If you add a lid to your skillet, the cheese will melt faster, and the chance of burning your crust will therefore decrease. Once the bread is as crispy as you want, you might want to press it down a little with a spatula, to incorporate the cheese a little into the bread. You may also use a toast maker.

Notes

Did you make it? Tag me @thegingerwithspice on Instagram, I'd love to see!
Adapted from: Half Baked Harvest
 
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 grilled cheese
Servings Per Container 2

Amount Per Serving
Calories 468 Calories from Fat 246.6
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27.4g 42%
Saturated Fat 14.9g 75%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 680mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 38.7g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2.4g 10%
Sugars 3g
Protein 18.2g 36%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
 
Nutrition information is an estimate and is provided for informational purposes only. If you have any specific dietary concerns, please consult with your healthcare practitioner.
 


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