How To Make A Giant Grilled Cheese

Giant grilled cheese sandwich recipe

The Spruce / Cara Cormack

  • Total: 45 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield:

A grilled cheese sandwich is a great, quick meal to make for one or two people, but any more than that and the ratio of pans to pots (or people not eating grilled cheese at the same time) can prove tricky. Enter: The giant grilled cheese, a delicious, easily customizable way to make this comforting staple for up to eight people.

Spreading mayonnaise on the outside of the bread will ensure a crisp, golden, not-too-greasy crust that's one of the signature features of an excellent grilled cheese. Unsliced white sandwich bread is the best option to use in this recipe, but any unsliced loaf can be "giant grilled cheese'd" with this technique. Plus, the leftover bread makes great breadcrumbs to use later.

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Ingredients

  • 1 large loaf unsliced white sandwich bread
  • 8 slices American cheese
  • 6 slices sharp cheddar cheese
  • 6 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for giant grilled cheese
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  2. If your loaf is very large (i.e. Pullman) then slice off the top 2 inches to make the loaf more square than rectangular. If your loaf is average-sized, slice 1/2-inch to an inch off the top.

    Slice loaf
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  3. Slice the loaf in half lengthwise, Open the two halves like a book, so the interior of each half is facing you.

    Slice loaf in half
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  4. Place a baking sheet on the middle rack in the oven, and preheat to 350 F.

    Place a baking sheet on the middle rack of oven
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  5. Using a spoon, dig an indentation about 1/2-inch deep along the crust edges of each half, then remove a shallow layer of the bread's interior by gently pulling it out towards you with your fingers. This will give the cheese a small well to melt into. Reserve the scooped-out bread to make breadcrumbs.

    Scoop out inside of bread with a spoon
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  6. Cut a sheet of parchment paper that will fit both halves of the loaf and place it on your work surface. Flip both halves of the bread over so the exteriors are facing you.

    Bread on parchment paper with one slice flipped over
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  7. Generously spread the tops of the loaf halves (not the interior section with the scooped-out wells) with mayonnaise, then flip over once more and place both halves mayonnaise-side down on the parchment.

    Mayonnaise spread over bread loaves
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  8. Layer the cheese slices into the scooped-out wells in each half: American first, then cheddar, then mozzarella.

    Cheese slices layered on bread
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  9. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, then quickly transfer the halves from the parchment to the baking sheet, using a spatula if necessary.

    Bread and cheese on top of baking tray
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  10. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until cheese on top of both halves is bubbly and browning.

    Browned cheese on top of bread
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  11. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, then carefully flip the top half of the bread onto the bottom to make a sandwich, and transfer the whole thing to a cooling rack. Let rest for 10 minutes.

    Loaf of bread cooling on rack
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  12. Make the first slice in the middle (and check out that cheesy pull), then let rest for another 5-10 minutes before slicing individual sandwiches out from the middle of each half of the giant grilled cheese. This will ensure even distribution of cheese within each slice.

    Giant grilled cheese
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Recipe Tip

These slices make excellent soup dippers — pair with classic tomato or your favorite creamy or chunky soup for a satisfying meal.

Variations

Feel free to substitute with your favorite cheeses — try pepper jack or habanero cheddar for a kick, or try spreading the interior of the loaf with caramelized onions and layering on Gruyere or Swiss for a giant take on French onion grilled cheese.

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