How Much Cheese Should You Use In A Grilled Cheese?

Grilled cheese is one of the shining stars of the wide world of sandwiches, boasting a thick layer of rich, melting cheese oozing from two slices of crispy, buttery bread — sometimes kicked up a notch by add-ons like fried eggs, strips of bacon, and even apples. So many of us have nostalgic childhood memories of parents toasting up the classic American cheese and white bread version as an after-school snack, or maybe of learning how to prepare the sandwich for ourselves without any help. Many of us still bite into a grilled cheese every once in a while, and chances are we use thick slices of bakery bread and sharp cheeses to satisfy an adult palate.

Grilled cheese is one of the easier noshes to prepare, calling for just bread, sliced or grated cheese, butter, or mayonnaise, according to Serious Eats. But despite the simplicity of the dish, there are a few ways to mess up a grilled cheese sandwich, according to Kitchn. One of them is not using the right amount of cheese, which, after all, is the centerpiece of the dish.

Don't add too much cheese to your grilled cheese

Grilled cheese sandwiches are all about indulgence. This is a snack that's all about going over the top, but when it comes to grilled cheese, more isn't always good. Although you might be tempted to stack your sandwich with as much cheese as you can fit between two slices, that's not a recipe for an excellent grilled cheese, Kitchn suggests. The outlet notes that using too much cheese will throw off the balance of the sandwich, with a layer of cheese that will not only melt unevenly, but will also likely spill out the sides of the bread and pool into greasy puddles in your skillet.

So the next time you're grilling some cheese, practice a little restraint, portioning about a generous ¼ cup to ⅓ of a cup of grated cheese (for easier measuring) onto your favorite type of bread. That way, you'll get a sandwich that's perfectly cheesy and oozy. And the bread — in all its toasty, chewy charm — can still shine through and complement the delicious dairy.