Gorgeous, Gourmet Grilled 5 Cheese Sandwich Will Take You By Surprise

By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional


I think every kid in America, and their parents, LOVES a good grilled cheese sandwich.  It is the ultimate comfort food and brings back more memories than any other childhood food that I can think of.

We used to make them the old fashioned way and had only American cheese on them.  Just like the ones that mom used to make.  But one day a year or two ago, my son Anthony asked if he could have pimento cheese and slices of purple onion on his.  Being the great dad that I am, I told him he could have what ever he wanted on it since it was his sandwich.  All I asked, was that no matter how it came out, he would eat it and not waste food.  (Just another instance where I snuck a teachable moment into the conversation, let’s face it there are so many kids out there [about 25% of his class alone] that don’t get to eat unless they are eating school breakfast / lunch…we do a lot of those in our household.)

So, this recipe was created by Simply Kids Host, Anthony Arzon… and he is quite proud that it is now THE GO TO RECIPE whenever any family member makes or requests a grilled cheese sandwich in the Harris-Arzon Household.


  • Favorite Sliced Bread (the denser breads like Ciabatta work best)
  • Whole Grain Mustard
  • Pimento Cheese Spread
  • Fresh Parmesan Cheese, Shaved
  • Muenster Cheese, Sliced
  • Gouda Cheese, Sliced
  • Red Onion, Thinly Sliced
  • Tomato, Thinly Sliced
  • Fresh Basil Leaves
  • Cracked Black Pepper


  1. Preheat toaster oven to 425 degrees.  A regular oven using the top rack will work if a toaster oven is not available.
  2. Take 2 slices of your bread and lay them out on a small baking sheet.
  3. On your slice of bread to the left, add a healthy amount of whole grain mustard covering the entire surface area.
  4. Add a nice amount (4-5 spoonfuls) of pimento cheese and spread evenly across the surface of the bread.
  5. Sprinkle a liberal amount of shaved, parmesan cheese across your pimento cheese layer.  Sprinkle cracked black pepper.
  6. To finish this side of your sandwich, add a thin layer of sliced red onions.
  7. On your slice of bread to the right, add a layer of gouda cheese, then add a layer of muenster cheese on top of that.
  8. Add your basil leaves, then finally add your sliced tomatoes.
  9. Place your sandwich in your (toaster) oven on the top rack and bake for about 5-7 minutes, until the cheese is starting to brown and is nice and bubbly.
  10. Immediately remove from the oven and place the two halves together and place onto a small plate.  With a large, sharp knife cut your sandwich into quarters.
  11. Serve with a bowl of tomato basil soup or what ever your favorite sides are for sandwiches and enjoy this Updated American Classic.

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