Are you looking for an easy recipe for a pickle grilled cheese sandwich? Well then you are in the right place! This simple pickle grilled cheese sandwich recipe is made with loads of ooey gooey cheese and of course fresh dill pickles. Some herbs and cream cheese are also added to give this grilled cheese sandwich even more flavor.
The best thing about this recipe is that it is relatively easy to make! It can be whipped together in less than 30 minutes, which means it is a great option for busy days when you do not have a lot of time on your hands.
What is in a pickle grilled cheese sandwich?
What ingredients do you need to make a pickle grilled cheese sandwich? Here are all of the ingredients that you need to make a pickle grilled cheese sandwich.
- Bread. The first thing you need to make a pickle grilled cheese is bread. If you have a gluten intolerance then you should use gluten free sliced bread. Otherwise, you can use regular sliced bread.
- Mozzarella. The next ingredient you need to make a pickle grilled cheese is mozzarella. You should use low moisture shredded mozzarella cheese. Avoid using balls of mozzarella cheese that are suspended in liquid. This type of mozzarella cheese will not melt appropriately and may make the bread soggy.
- Sharp Cheddar. You also need sharp cheddar cheese to make this pick grilled cheese. The cheese mixture that is added to this sandwich is about half mozzarella cheese and half sharp cheddar cheese.
- Cream cheese. Cream cheese is also used to make this pickle grilled cheese. You can use either a block of cream cheese or whipped cream cheese. The density of the cream cheese will vary depending on what kind of cream cheese you use, but it will not affect the flavor of the sandwich because there is not a lot of cream cheese used.
- Pickles. You can’t have a pickle grilled cheese without pickles! You will also need some pickles to make this tasty sandwich. We recommend using standard dill pickles.
- Dried dill. Some dried dill is also used to give this pickle grilled cheese even more flavor. The dill is mixed into the cream cheese before the cream cheese is added to the sandwich.
- Butter. Butter is used to cook the grilled cheese sandwich and ensure that the bread gets nice and crispy without burning or getting overcooked.
- Salt. Finally, some salt is used to enhance all of the other flavors in the grilled cheese sandwich.
How to make a pickle grilled cheese
How do you make a pickle grilled cheese? Here are all of the steps you need to follow to make a pickle grilled cheese.
- Heat the pan. The first step in making a pickle grilled cheese is heating a flat non-stick pan or skillet over medium low to medium heat. Lather the pan up with butter as it starts to heat up to ensure that the bread does not stick to the pan. The amount of butter you need will vary depending on how much food sticks to your pan. If food does not stick to the pan, you will not need much. If it does, you should use a generous amount of butter.
- Fold the dill into the cream cheese. While the pan heats, you can start to prepare the ingredients. Use a fork to fold the dill into the cream cheese. We recommend using a folding motion rather than a mixing motion at first if you are using dense cream cheese from a block. If you are using whipped grilled cheese, you might be able to use a mixing motion.
- Chop the pickles. After you fold the dill into the cream cheese, it is time to chop the pickles. Use a sharp knife to dice the pickles into very small pieces. It may be a little difficult to dice the pickles since they are soft and malleable. We recommend using a sharp knife like the Victorinox 8-inch chef’s knife (this is our absolute favorite kitchen knife).
- Cook the bread on one side. Once the pan heats up, it is time to start cooking the grilled cheese. Lightly toast each slice of bread on one side until the bread has a light golden brown color. This should take no more than a few minutes.
- Add the toppings to the bread. After you toast one side of the bread, it is time to start adding the fillings to the grilled cheese. Take one piece of bread and slather some cream cheese over the side that was toasted. Then pile the diced pickles and cheese on top of the cream cheese. Finish it off by adding another piece of bread on top with the toasted side facing inwards towards the toppings.
- Cook the grilled cheese. Once the grilled cheese has been assembled, the toasted side of the bread should be on the inside near the toppings and the uncooked side of the bread should be on the outside near the pan. Toast the outside of the grilled cheese on one side, then the other, until the cheese is melted and the outsides of the bread are golden brown.
- Salt the grilled cheese. Finally, it is time to salt the grilled cheese. Sprinkle some salt on the outsides of the grilled cheese.
How to store a pickle grilled cheese
How do you store a pickle grilled cheese? For best results, you should wrap your pickle grilled cheese sandwiches in an airtight bag alongside a folded up paper towel. Storing the grilled cheese sandwiches along with a paper towel will help to draw excess moisture away from the bread and prevent the bread from getting soggy.
If you plan on making leftover pickle grilled cheese sandwiches, you might also want to consider waiting to add the pickles to the sandwich until you are ready to eat it. The juice from the pickles can seep into the bread and make it soggy. If you cook the sandwiches without the pickles in them and wait to add the pickles until you are ready to eat the sandwiches, this will not happen.
How to reheat a pickle grilled cheese
How do you reheat a pickle grilled cheese sandwich? For best results, we recommend reheating this pickle grilled cheese sandwich on the stovetop in a nonstick pan or skillet. Depending on whether food usually sticks to your pan, you may need to add additional butter. You should reheat the sandwiches over low heat (or at least lower heat then they were originally cooked on). This will ensure that there is time for the cheese to melt before the bread starts to burn.
Pickle grilled cheese
- 8 slices bread
- 1 cup sharp cheddar (shredded)
- 1 cup low moisture mozzarella (shredded)
- 1/4 cup dill pickles (minced)
- 2 oz cream cheese
- 1/2 tsp dried dill
- Heat a flat nonstick pan or skillet over medium low to medium heat. Add some butter to the skillet and allow it to melt.
- Fold the dill into the cream cheese.
- Mince the pickles into small pieces.
- Lightly toast the bread on one side by placing it in the pan to cook. When the bread is done, each slice should have a light golden brown color on one side. This should take no more than a few minutes. If it takes a long time for the bread to reach a light golden brown color, you should increase the heat on your stovetop. If it takes less than a few minutes for the bread to develop some color, you may need to reduce the heat.
- Assemble the grilled cheese sandwiches. Start by smearing some cream cheese on the toasted side of the bread. Do this for half of the slices of bread.After that, spread the pickles and cheese on top of the cream cheese. Again, this should only be done to half of the slices of bread.When you are done with that, top each sandwich off with another slice of bread. Place the toasted side of the bread face down so that the toasted side of the bread is touching the toppings.
- Cook the grilled cheese sandwiches on one side until the cheese starts to partially melt and the bread turns a deep golden brown color. This should take no more than a few minutes. Flip the sandwiches over and cook them on the other side until the cheese is mostly melted and the other side of the bread also has a nice golden brown color.
- Salt the outside of the sandwiches and serve.
Substitutions for pickle grilled cheese ingredients
- Dried dill. If you have fresh dill, you can also replace the dried dill with fresh dill. You should use about the same amount of dill regardless of whether you use fresh dill or dried drill.
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