What do you get when you combine bread, butter and cheese?

Bliss.

But you also get a grilled cheese sandwich.

Wednesday marks National Grilled Cheese Day — one of the easiest food holidays to prepare for. You can celebrate even if you call them cheese toasties (even though you’re wrong to call them that).

You can stick to a simple slice of American cheese between two pieces of white bread, or you can spice things up with these savory combinations:

Spicy Nacho

Use two slices of white bread with one slice of Monterey jack, some pickled jalapeno slices and one slice of cheddar.

Bacon and tomato

Use desired cheese and then add three slices of crisp bacon and one slice of tomato. Feel free to add a little bit of basil, too.

Garlic ham and cheese

Prepare two slices of frozen garlic bread according to the label instructions. Sandwich them with two slices of Monterey jack and ham, then cook in the skillet.

Pesto

Spread pesto on one slice of white bread, then top with provolone and mozzarella. Add the second slice of bread and then prepare.

Avocado

Toss 1/4 sliced avocado with lime juice and lime zest to taste. Sandwich two slices of white bread with two slices of pepper jack and the avocado.

Pizza

Spread tomato sauce on two slices of bread and sandwich mozzarella and pepperoni.

Chicken Parmesan

Sandwich tomato sauce, shredded chicken, provolone, mozzarella and Italian seasoning between two slices of Italian bread.

BBQ roast beef

Spread 1 tablespoon of barbecue sauce and top with two slices of cheddar and roast beef.

Hawaiian

Spread pineapple preserves on two slices of Hawaiian sweet bread, then sandwich with two slices of Monterey jack and ham.

Garlic cheese

Mix 1 cup of shredded mozzarella, 1/2 cup of ricotta, 1/3 cup grated parmesan and one small grated garlic clove. Sandwich a quarter of the mixture between two slices of sourdough bread and cook.

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Kelly is the features reporter for The Herald Bulletin. She writes about art, churches, music, theatre and interesting people throughout Madison County.

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