Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A Favorite Pairing: Grilled Cheese and Dijon Mustard

Growing up, my mom made us the most delicious grilled cheese sandwiches using extra sharp white cheddar and good bread, along with a healthy slather of butter on the outsides. When she had it with us, she would always dip her grilled cheese sandwich in Dijon mustard and I thought it was the strangest thing. Until I tried it.

Now, I can't eat a grilled cheese without mustard. It's the perfect, tangy complement to the creamy, melty cheese and crusty bread. And I'm convinced the mustard takes this simple, classic sandwich up a few notches. Served with Dijon, I believe they're elegant enough for guests--add a fresh green salad and a glass of chilled white wine, and they just might believe they've landed in Paris for lunch.

The ingredients are truly so important for a sandwich this simple. Try to use fresh bakery bread if possible. Use high quality sharp cheddar, or gruyére, and don't use too much or it will overwhelm the bread and become too rich (I grate the cheese instead of slicing it because I find it melts more evenly this way). Coat the bread with butter and let it really crisp in your pan. And Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard can't be beat.

Bon appétit!


  1. My mouth is literally watering. So yummy! Stephen makes way better grilled cheese sandwiches than I do (my Stephen, not yours)....but we always add pickles. I imagine it provides the same tanginess as the mustard. Excited to try your version!

  2. I love eating my grilled cheese sandwiches with mustard. I'm glad I'm not the only one!

  3. Pickles! How fun! I'll have to try that :)

  4. Well I'm glad I'm not the only one too. :)

  5. Mustard is good. So is a fresh tomato. And... I like a lot of freshly cracked pepper!

  6. I do the tomato sometimes too! Delicious.


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