Grilled Cheese in Oven

Grilled Cheese in Oven – Lunch Lady Toasted Cheese Sandwich – a childhood lunchroom favorite! Only three ingredients – bread, butter, and melty cheese. Super crispy and delicious. The perfect side to go with a bowl of soup and a big bowl of chili. 

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Lunch Lady Toasted Cheese Sandwich Recipe

One of my all-time favorite school lunchroom meals was grilled cheese day. I absolutely LOVED the super crispy sandwiches. I found the recipe for Toasted Cheese Sandwiches in my government cookbook and had to try it ASAP! OMG! These sandwiches tasted just like my childhood favorite! You must give this method a try ASAP! It is sure to become a family favorite!

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How to Make Grilled Cheese in the Oven

These sandwiches are effortless to make with only three simple ingredients. Brush six slices of bread with melted butter on one side. Place the bread buttered side down in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Top each piece of bread with cheese slices. Cover with remaining bread slices. Brush the top of the sandwiches with melted butter. Bake in the oven until the cheese melts and the bread is golden brown and crispy.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • I use Sunbeam white bread. You can use any kind of bread that you enjoy.
  • I use Kraft Deluxe American Cheese slices.
  • You can use any type of cheese that you would like. You can even mix the cheeses for a combo flavor!
    • Sharp Cheddar Cheese
    • White Cheddar
    • Pepper Jack
    • Gouda
    • Swiss Cheese
    • Muenster
    • Mozzarella
    • Provolone
  • You can use unsalted or salted butter.
  • Feel free to add some garlic powder or garlic salt to the melted butter for extra flavor.
  • Can add some sliced deli ham or cooked bacon slices to the sandwiches. SO good!
  • There is no need to flip the sandwiches while they cook. They will get nice and toasty on both sides.
  • Can Tasted Cheese Sandwiches be made in advance? You can assemble the sandwiches ahead of time and refrigerate them until you are ready to bake.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Reheat in the microwave or wrapped in aluminum foil in the oven.
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What to Serve with Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

This recipe is the best way to make a big batch of sandwiches for a crowd. I love that everyone gets a hot and melty grilled cheese sandwich! SO much easier than standing over the stove.

These sandwiches are a must with your favorite soup or a big bowl of chili! This is our go-to recipe to go with tomato soup. They are super crispy and hold up well to dunking! YUM! We also love to eat those sandwiches with some pasta salad and chips for a quick and easy lunch. No matter how you serve them, just give them a try. You are going to love them!

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Grilled Cheese in Oven

Yield: 6 sandwiches
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Grilled Cheese in Oven – Lunch Lady Toasted Cheese Sandwich – a childhood lunchroom favorite! Only three ingredients – bread, butter, and cheese. Super crispy and delicious. The perfect side to go with tomato soup and a big bowl of chili.

Ingredients:

  • 12 slices Sunbeam white bread
  • 4 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 12 slices American cheese

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  • Brush 6 slices of bread with melted butter on one side. Place butter side down on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Top each slice of bread with 2 slices of cheese. Cover with remaining bread slices.
  • Brush tops of sandwiches with remaining butter.
  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden brown.

Notes:

  • I use Sunbeam white bread. You can use any bread that you enjoy.
  • I use Kraft Deluxe American Cheese slices.
    • You can use any cheese that you would like. You can even mix the cheeses for a combo flavor!
      • Cheddar
      • Pepper Jack
      • Gouda
      • Swiss
      • Muenster
      • Mozzarella
      • Provolone
  • You can use unsalted or salted butter.
    • Feel free to add some garlic powder or garlic salt to the melted butter for extra flavor.
  • There is no need to flip the sandwiches while they cook. They will get nice and toasty on both sides.
  • Can Tasted Cheese Sandwiches be made in advance? You can assemble the sandwiches ahead of time and refrigerate them until you are ready to bake.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
    • Reheat in the microwave or wrapped in aluminum foil in the oven.

Steph

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  1. I am literally eating this while I write this review!! I couldn’t resist making this immediately and it is definitely the best grilled cheese I’ve ever eaten! The bread got crunchy without being saturated in butter and the cheese is perfectly creamy. Highly recommend. Now all I need is a bowl of tomato soup…

  2. I have to say this grilled cheese was the best I have ever eaten…I will never go back to my old cheese grilling ways…thank you!

  3. Oooo I love grilled cheese and I'm so loving all the different and new grilled cheese recipes that are starting to pop up!

    Laura

  4. oh man…i've so been craving a good, crispy grilled cheese ever since i saw dale make one on top chef. definitely trying this! 🙂

  5. You are a girl after my own heart. Tomato soup without a grill cheese…..no way.

    Ultimate Crispy grilled cheese is so up my alley too!

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