Now a staple of American cuisine, grilled cheese sandwiches were first gobbled up in ancient Rome. In the 1920s they were an open-faced national favorite in the states. And by the 1950s it was popular to add a second slice of bread and pair with tomato soup for nutrient-rich nourishment. In modern times grilled cheese sandwiches have become a deliciously melty meal-solution for all ages, from kid-friendly, fun variations to grown-up gourmet delights. Here are a few tips to help you find the cheesy combination perfect for any palate:

Be A Cheese Wiz: American and cheddar are delightful grilled cheese fillings, but there are many other delicious varieties from which to choose, including milder cheeses like mozzarella and Gouda, to sharper selections such as goat and Gruyere. Consult the cheesemonger at your local grocery store for a full overview of their offerings and you’ll be sure to select the cheese guaranteed to please.

Use Your Fromagination: Don’t think a grilled cheese sandwich has to be all bread and cheese; that’s just the beginning. Throw in your favorite toppings from sliced tomatoes, roasted red peppers, avocados, sweet onions, basil, bacon, deli meats, or even sauces like BBQ, pesto or tapenades. To add an extra kick of flavor, sprinkle with flavored salts and herbs, such as garlic, smoked salt, Italian seasoning or rosemary.

Go Global: Grilled cheese might be an all-American staple, but you can still treat your taste buds to some flair from afar. For a spicy South of the Border bite, try pepper Jack cheese and chili peppers. Or if you’re craving a Mediterranean flavor medley, add sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, fresh spinach and feta cheese.

Think Outside the Bread: Try King’s Hawaiian Original Hawaiian Sweet or Honey Wheat Bread for a mouthwateringly irresistible sweet and savory alternative to average white or wheat bread.

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Classic Grilled Cheese
Makes 4-6 servings

1 16-ounce loaf King’s Hawaiian Bread
Favorite cheese(s) of choice
Soft spread (butter, margarine, etc.)

Thinly slice bread crosswise so that each slice is approximately 1/8- to 1/4-inch thick.

Slice your favorite cheese(s), or use pre-sliced cheese for your convenience.

Spread butter or soft margarine on one side of each slice of bread.

Place in frying pan, spread side down, with direct contact to pan.

Cook over low heat until bread is golden brown.

Flip with spatula, remove from pan when other slice of bread is golden brown and cheese is melted.

Notes: To avoid burning the bread before the cheese melts, King’s Hawaiian bread must be sliced thin and cooked on low heat.