This grilled cheese upgrade will change the iconic comfort food forever

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Ready for a grilled cheese upgrade that will change the comfort food in the best way?

Everyone has a favorite, iconic comfort food, but this grilled cheese upgrade will change how you enjoy that classic sandwich. Even if you cannot step away from the most traditional, simple sandwich, one bite of this recipe flavor twist might will make you a convert. Ready to get cooking?

Sometimes the best classic recipes are based on a simple concept. The grilled cheese is one of those recipes. It is basically bread and cheese. While there are various ways to create the best grilled cheese, a little twist on the familiar can be a good thing.

Often, fruit is served with cheese. From the crisp, tart apple to a sweet grape, that cheese plate is filled with fruit. There is something about both the flavor and texture of the fruit that brings out the nuances in the cheese.

Building on that idea, why not add some fruit to create a grilled cheese upgrade? Granted, apples and cheese in a grilled cheese sandwich have been done. It is time to take a bolder twist with mango.

Recently, the Mango Board shared a grilled cheese recipe that uses mango. Ready to give this grilled cheese sandwich a taste test?

Grilled Ham and Cheese with Mango


  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 2 slices whole wheat bread
  • 2 slices Monterey jack cheese
  • 4 slices deli ham
  • 1 mango (about 1 pound), peeled, pitted and sliced


  • Spread 1 tablespoon butter on one side of each piece of bread.
  • On first slice of bread, place 1 slice cheese, ham and mango on unbuttered side of bread.
  • Top with remaining slice of cheese and second piece of bread, buttered side up.
  • Heat small, nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Place sandwich in skillet and cook until golden brown and cheese is melted, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
  • Cut into wedges. Serve with pico de gallo, guacamole or plain.

Granted this grilled cheese is more than just cheese and bread. The addition of the deli ham adds another dimension to the sandwich with the mango. The flavors are rich, sweet and balanced all in one.

Thinking about this recipe, you could customize it. Instead of a traditional Monterey jack cheese, you could use a spicy Monterey jack. That little touch of heat could brighten the flavors even more.

If you are ready to ditch the traditional, iconic comfort food recipe for a grilled cheese upgrade, this sandwich could be the star of your next lunch. Are you hungry yet?

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