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My Triple Threat Grilled Cheese sandwich recipe is a crunchy and gooey sandwich that uses gouda and sharp cheddar melted in between two parmesan encrusted grilled pieces of sourdough.

This is the ultimate comfort food and the absolute best way to enjoy this cheesy classic, especially with a hot bowl of tomato soup.

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It is not good for your health, nor is it for the faint of heart.  What always matters most?   The taste… and this triple threat grilled cheese tastes insanely good.

How do you make the best grilled Cheese?

With most recipes, the quality of a grilled cheese has to do with the ingredients as well as the technique. You won’t find kraft american singles melted in between two slices of corn syrup white bread lathered in margarine in my self proclaimed foodie household. For this grilled cheese, I used a strong sour dough bread that crisps up wonderfully. I use good cheeses too.

Now for the technique. To me, the ultimate grilled cheese is the perfect combination of crunchy-gooey-crunchy. Nothing crunches up more wonderfully than parmesan.

What kind of cheese is best?

Like I had said above, the quality of the ingredients that you use greatly affects the final product. That being said, for this ultimate grilled cheese recipe, I used cheeses like sharp cheddar, parmesan, and gouda. That’s why this is call the TRIPLE threat grilled cheese.

I find that the combination of these cheeses makes for a flavorful and irresistible comfort food!

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With or without butter?

Now I know that some people like to make their grilled cheese crunchy by slathering butter on the bread and grilling it that way, but I’m here to tell you that mayonnaise and parmesan cheese is much better!

The combination really adds a nice cheesy, satisfyingly crunchy aspect to your sourdough bread to put mayonnaise and parmesan cheese on the side that you grill.

Trust me on this one, it’s delicious!

Best kind of bread?

You can really use any type of bread to make grilled cheese, but in my opinion, sourdough bread is the best. It adds a great flavor to your grilled cheese and crisps up in a delicious way.

I cannot stress enough about how the quality of your ingredients really makes an impact on your overall product. Just imagine taking a bite into some crispy sourdough bread with crunchy parmesan cheese on the outside and ooey gooey cheese on the inside. It makes a difference, and you will see that when you try a sourdough grilled cheese.

How to make it:

This is honestly the best grilled cheese recipe ever, and I mean it. It’s so unbelievably easy too.

  1. To start, you just need to combine your parmesan and mayonnaise before spreading it onto one side of each of the slices of sourdough bread.
  2. Next, using a hot panini or stovetop grill, you will place your sourdough bread on it with the parmesan and mayonnaise side facing down onto the hot surface. Then, you will place on layers of slices of cheddar and gouda to make that gooey inside.
  3. The last main step is to place the second piece of sourdough bread is placed on top of your layers of cheese with the parmesan and mayonnaise side facing up. To finish this sandwich, you will simply grill on both sides until all your delicious cheese has melted and the parmesan on the outside of the sourdough bread is a golden brown color.
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Best recipes to serve with a grilled cheese sandwich:

I love serving this sandwich with a hot homemade tomato or beet soup. It’s the ultimate comfort food.

Nothing quite beats the comfort of a grilled cheese sandwich and bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup.

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Triple Threat Grilled Cheese

Prep10 minutes
Cook5 minutes
Total15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
This crunchy and gooey triple threat grilled cheese uses gouda and sharp cheddar melted in between two parmesan encrusted grilled pieces of sourdough.


  • 2 tablespoons parmesan freshly grated from a block or mince pre-grated
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 8 slices bread thick cut sourdough is the best, but Texas toast works great too
  • 4 thick slices sharp cheddar can also use 4 ounces freshly grated
  • 4 thick slices gouda can also use 4 ounces freshly grated
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  • Prepare griddle: Preheat griddle to low heat. The best grilled cheese cooks low and slow so that it turns a golden toasty brown but the cheese is completely melted.
  • Prepare bread: Combine parmesan and mayonnaise. Spread evenly over one side of each slice of bread.
  • Cook sandwich: Place half of the prepared bread, with the parmesan and mayonnaise side down, on the hot griddle surface. Layer with slices of cheddar and gouda. Top with the remaining piece of bread, parmesan and mayonnaise side up.
  • Flip: When the bottom has turned a lovely golden brown, use a spatula to flip but do not press down on the sandwich. Allow the second side to toast until the bottom is golden brown and the cheese inside is fully melted.
  • Serve: Carefully cut in half with a serrated edge knife and serve immediately.


Calories: 197kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 49mg, Sodium: 373mg, Potassium: 46mg, Vitamin A: 350IU, Calcium: 332mg, Iron: 0.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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This post was originally created in July 2014 and has been updated with more fun facts and tidbits for your reading pleasure.

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    1. The serving size is based on a half sandwich. It’s very possible the nutrition calculator isn’t taking into account for the size of the bread.

    1. Thanks for the suggestion, Jamie! I’m never heard of that stuff. Anything with lime juice makes me happy. -Krissy