Garlic Butter Four Cheese Grilled Cheese

Garlic Butter Four Cheese Grilled Cheese is an easy gourmet sandwich stuffed with melty mozzarella, cheddar, provolone, and Parmesan cheeses!

Is there any Sandwich Recipe more perfect for dunking in Tomato Soup than a grilled cheese? This grown-up twist on a kid’s classic is just as dunk-able and delicious.

Garlic Butter Four Cheese Grilled Cheese cooked, slices stacked on each other

Get ready for the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich! The garlicky spread and four different cheeses is a simple way to get gourmet flavor without the gourmet price tag. It’s worth it to buy bakery bread from the grocery store instead of a loaf of regular bagged bread. Thicker slices of bread are best to hold all the garlic butter and cheesy goodness.

There are many ways to make a grilled cheese sandwich, but this Garlic Butter Four Cheese Grilled Cheese is packed with all the flavor that garlic lovers crave. If you want even more garlic flavor, feel free to add more fresh garlic, or add garlic powder or garlic salt. The combination of cheeses is great blend of salty, creamy, and gooey cheeses, so you get the stretchy pull plus layers of flavor.

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Garlic Bread Four Cheese Grilled Cheese is an adult upgrade to a nostalgic childhood favorite! You can keep it simple with the garlic butter and four cheese combination, or add more seasonings for an even fancier sandwich. Even upgrading the type of bread from white bread will make this Garlic Four Cheese Grilled Cheese extra special. Try day old brioche or Challah or another crusty, thick cut bread from the bakery or one of our suggestions in the variations section.

Garlic Butter Four Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are delicious with all your favorite Soup Recipes! For a cafe-style lunch, serve these grilled cheese sammies with popular deli sides like Broccoli Salad or Macaroni Salad. If you have some extra time, homemade French Fries are an indulgent side, especially with tasty dipping sauce, like Fry Sauce, for your sandwich and your fries. And of course, there’s always the perfect pairing, a hot bowl of soup.

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How to Make Garlic Butter Four Cheese Grilled Cheese

  • Melt butter in a small saucepan on low heat with garlic and salt, then let sit for 5 minutes.

  • Brush the bread with melted butter on one side of each piece of bread.

  • Place 4 slices buttered side down to a griddle or large nonstick skillet on medium heat.

  • Add cheddar cheese, provolone cheese, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese.
  • Add the remaining bread slices, butter side up (away from the rest of the sandwich).
  • Cook for additional 2 minutes, then flip and cook the second side for 4 minutes, pressing down gently.

Best Soups to Serve with Grilled Cheese

Frequently Asked Questions

What heat should I cook Grilled Cheese on?

The perfect grilled cheese has a crispy golden brown outside and melty, gooey cheeses inside. To make sure your Four Cheese Garlic Grilled Cheese comes out perfectly crispy and melty, keep the heat lower so the bread toasts slowly. Letting the bread toast completely on one side before flipping means you only have to flip once. Unlike some recipes, don’t cover you pan or moisture will collect, steaming your sandwich, and you won’t get that crunch.

Can I Make Garlic Four Cheese Grilled Cheese without butter?

You can absolutely replace the butter in the garlic spread for olive oil or another oil of your choice. You will still want to heat the oil along with the crushed garlic cloves and salt in a saucepan to let the garlic flavor mellow and permeate the oil. The spread the bread with garlic oil and cook according to the rest of the instructions.

Why use four cheeses for Grilled Cheese Sandwiches?

Using a blend of cheeses takes this garlicky grilled cheese to the next level. The various cheeses each lend a different flavor from mild to slightly nuttier and sharper. Together, they give you more layers of flavor while still enjoying the melty cheese and crispy bread combination from a more classic grilled cheese sandwich.

Garlic Butter Four Cheese Grilled Cheese cooked, slices next to each other

Key Ingredients in Garlic Butter Four Cheese Grilled Cheese

  • Bread: Use a thick sliced bread that will hold up to all the melty cheese packed inside. This is a great way to also use day old bread because the extra garlic butter will help to make it moist, as well as toast up nicely.
  • Cheese: The cheese blend we suggest is based on the variety of textures and flavors that combine so nicely. Feel free to experiment with any delicious cheeses you prefer. It’s also a great way to use up odds and ends of cheese from a cheese board.
  • Garlic: Fresh crushed garlic will give you the most pungent garlic flavor. If you’d like a shortcut, buy the frozen crushed garlic that comes in cubes and pop out two to defrost at the same time you remove the butter from the fridge to soften. 
  • Butter: You’ll want to use softened unsalted butter for the garlic butter mixture. We always recommend using unsalted butter for cooking and baking so that you can control the amount of salt that is used in the recipe. We do add a small amount of salt to this step, but not a lot because the cheeses will also add plenty of salty flavor.

Air Fryer Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

  • To make these delicious Garlic Butter Four Cheese Grilled Cheeses in an air fryer, follow the instructions for melting the garlic butter and assembling the sandwiches.
  • Layer the 4 slices of buttered bread, butter side down, in the air fryer basket.
  • Place the cheese slices and shredded Parmesan on top. Top with the remaining 4 pieces of bread, buttered side out.
  • Cook sandwiches at 370 degrees for 4 minutes, flip and cook an additional 4 minutes until bread is golden brown.
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Variations on Garlic Butter Four Cheese Grilled Cheese

  • Bread: Use any good quality crusty bread like sourdough bread, French bread, Italian Bread or your favorite homemade Bread Recipe. Instead of regular bread, you could try ciabatta bread, naan bread, or English muffins.
  • Cheese: Try your favorite kinds of cheese in Garlic Butter Four Cheese Grilled Cheese like fontina, Manchego cheese, white cheddar, smoked mozzarella cheese, Gouda cheese, Bleu cheese, American cheese, feta cheese, Pepper-Jack Cheese, Swiss cheese, cream cheese, or soft goat cheese.
  • Mayo Garlic Spread: A secret ingredient to get even crispier grilled cheese is mayonnaise. Use 2 tablespoons mayonnaise and 2 tablespoons melted garlic butter for the spread.
  • Seasonings: Stir in up to 1 tablespoon fresh or dried herbs and spices to the garlic butter for more flavor. Try herbs like Italian seasonings, basil, oregano, thyme, or rosemary. Spices like cumin, paprika, and curry powder will taste good too. Sprinkle chopped fresh parsley over bread with garlic butter before cooking.
  • Add-ins: Enhance these flavorful sandwiches even more by sprinkling in some caramelized onions, sun-dried tomatoes, or crumbled crispy bacon. You can also spread a little tomato bruschetta, pesto, or hot sauce onto the inside of your bread slices for extra flavor. For a kick, add in jalapeños or ortega chilis.
  • Pizza Style Grilled Cheese: To give your Garlic Grilled Cheese a fun twist, layer pepperoni inside with the cheese. Slice into small triangles or sicks and marinara sauce for dipping, or even ranch dressing.
  • Roasted Garlic Grilled Cheese: Add even more garlic goodness to these sandwiches by adding roasted garlic. Start with a whole head of garlic and slice off the top to reveal the cloves inside. Place onto a square of aluminum foil and drizzle with olive oil (you can place inside a muffin tin to keep it from dripping in the oven). Bake at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes until golden brown, then let cool and squeeze the roasted garlic from the papery skins. Spread these inside the sandwiches along with the cheese before grilling.
  • Grilled Chicken Cheese Melt: This is a great way to use up leftover chicken. Thinly slice cooked seasoned chicken, chicken tenders, chicken breast, boneless buffalo chicken or Nashville style hot chicken and layer with the cheese to make a delicious Grilled Chicken Melt. 

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How to Store Garlic Butter Four Cheese Grilled Cheese

  • Serve: Garlic Butter Four Cheese Grilled Cheese is best served warm and fresh. You can keep grilled cheese at room temperature for up to 2 hours.
  • Store: If you would like to store cooked Garlic Bread Four Cheese Grilled Cheese, wrap individual sandwiches in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Refrigerate sandwiches in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and reheat in the oven to make them crispy again.
  • Freeze: Wrap each Garlic Butter Grilled Cheese Sandwich in aluminum foil and store in a freezer safe bag. Reheat from frozen or thawed on a baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees until hot, flipping halfway through.
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Garlic Butter Four Cheese Grilled Cheese

Garlic Butter Four Cheese Grilled Cheese is an easy gourmet sandwich stuffed with melty mozzarella, cheddar, provolone, and Parmesan cheeses!
Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Sandwich
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter , softened
  • 2 cloves garlic , crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 slices thick sandwich bread
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices Provolone cheese
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese , shredded

Instructions

  • Add butter, garlic and salt to a small saucepan on low heat.
  • Melt and stir then let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Brush the bread with melted butter on one side of each piece of bread.
  • Add 4 slices buttered side down to a griddle or large skillet on medium heat.
  • Add cheddar cheese, provolone cheese, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese.
  • Add the remaining bread slices, butter side up (away from the rest of the sandwich).
  • Cook for additional 2 minutes, then flip and cook the second side for 4 minutes, pressing down gently.

Nutrition

Calories: 520kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 1061mg | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1014IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 651mg | Iron: 2mg
Keyword: Garlic Butter Four Cheese Grilled Cheese
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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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