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Here at Food Republic we are obsessed with sandwiches, and each Tuesday we bring you our sandwich of the week. Some are from restaurants and chefs practicing what we like to call the art of the sandwich. And some, like this week's best basic grilled cheese, have been perfected in the Food Republic kitchen.

Here at Food Republic we are obsessed with sandwiches, and each Tuesday we bring you our sandwich of the week. Some are from restaurants and chefs practicing what we like to call the art of the sandwich. And some, like this week’s best basic grilled cheese, have been perfected in the Food Republic kitchen.

We’ve stolen taken our inspiration for our ideal grilled cheese sandwich from Chef Thomas Keller who is best known for his over-the-top culinary creations at The French Laundry and Per Se, but his chefly attention to detail also extends to the more humble sandwich. His BLT Fried Egg-and-Cheese sandwich was probably the only memorable thing about the movie Spanglish, and in his latest cookbook, Ad Hoc at Home, he creates his own best grilled cheese. We’ve swapped cheeses and added some red onions, but have kept his method of first pan-frying the sandwiches and then finishing them in the oven. You should too.


Everybody’s got their own grilled cheese trick, so ‘fess up y’all, tell us in comments.