Don’t get us wrong; a basic grilled cheese sandwich is borderline magic in its ability to satisfy cravings and ward off homesickness. But we think you deserve TV ad level grilled cheese gooeyness, the kind of sandwich that has strands of cheese holding it together as you separate the halves. And now there’s an easy way to get that creaminess each and every time: add cream cheese.
The addition may seem nontraditional, but it’s about the change in texture--not taste--that it makes to tomato’s soup perfect pairing. Cream cheese helps evenly distribute the shredded hard cheese(s) you use for an unbelievably creamy sandwich center. In fact, any soft cheese will have the same effect, so you can get fancy with your fromage and still get the same irresistible effect. Goat cheese? Go for it! Brie? Mais oui! But no one will blame you if you stick with the classic--with cream cheese, of course. Try it this weekend to kick off comfort food season.