Grilled cheese and tomato soup is warm comfort food, and a mainstay during the cold snow laden winter that I hope we are finally coming out of around these parts. As a child this would frequently be on the lunch menu, and was one of the first meals my siblings and I learned to make for ourselves as we grew.

My mother would frequently make our toast in the oven instead of the toaster, and I’m not sure why, unless it was because she was saving time and could make more slices at one time, but whatever the reason, I still like my toast made in the oven. It seems to be a little chewier and sweeter, and I like how the butter sinks into the bread!  All this to say, when I saw the idea for making grilled cheese sandwiches in the oven, I thought it was absolutely genius, and had to try it right away!  I’ve since tried it several different ways, and it is AWESOME! The cheese melts better inside, and I can make six at a time easily on my baking sheet, and the sandwiches get slightly chewy and seem sweeter! Once you try it, I don’t think you’ll ever go back to making them in a frying pan!

oven grilled cheese, Grilled Cheese in the Oven, Joyful HomemakingThese are ridiculously easy to make: Start with your favorite bread and cheese and some butter.

oven grilled cheese, Grilled Cheese in the Oven, Joyful Homemaking

My favorite bread that I’ve tried so far with these sandwiches is the Schwebel’s Sweet Wheat, (although I’ve made them with whole grain bread and Italian as well, and they’re all good), and since I’ve never cared a lot for the taste of processed cheese slices, I like to use a good quality cheddar cheese slice.  Ham or sliced turkey is optional and delicious, but my favorite is simply with the gooey cheese alone.

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Depending on how many sandwiches you’re making, you need 2 slices of bread for each, and about a Tablespoon of butter for each sandwich, and of course at least one cheese slice for each.  Now I like to melt my butter a bit and brush it on the outside of each slice, but it’s probably not necessary, if you prefer instead to use a knife and spread un-melted butter on your bread.  Lay them out on your baking sheet.

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After buttering, adding the cheese, and topping with more buttered bread, they are ready to go in the oven.

In a preheated 425 degree oven, bake on one side for around 6 minutes, checking though to get it to your preferred degree of “toastyness.” Then carefully flip over and bake for another 3 minutes or so, again watching for the perfect “brown-ness” for your taste.

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These are truly amazingly scrumptious!

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Grilled Cheese in the Oven

Course Lunch or Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Joyful Homemaking

Ingredients

  • Favorite bread
  • Favorite cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon butter for each sandwich (melted optional)
  • Turkey or ham (optional)

Instructions

  • I like to melt my butter a bit and brush it on the outside of each slice, but it's probably not necessary, if you prefer to use a knife and spread unmelted butter on your bread.
  • After buttering, adding the cheese, and topping with more buttered bread, they are ready to go in the oven.
  • In a preheated 425 degree oven, bake on one side for around 6 minutes, checking though to get it to your preferred degree of "toastyness." Then carefully flip over and bake for another 3 minutes or so, again watching for the perfect "browness" for your taste.


oven grilled cheese, Grilled Cheese in the Oven, Joyful Homemaking
The cheese gets hot and bubbly throughout, and the bread becomes slightly chewy and somehow a bit sweeter.
Who knew that making grilled cheese in the oven would be not only more efficient, but also much tastier!
This is a great way to make grilled cheese for a crowd too!

I’ve also made these with turkey and ham slices, and they are a delicious alternative!

oven grilled cheese, Grilled Cheese in the Oven, Joyful Homemaking

If you like grilled cheese, these Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Pesto are amazing too!

Hope you enjoy!

Idea from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures

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24 Comments

  1. Glad you shared this. Just made some for the grandchildren today and the oven method would be easier and make more at the same time. Thanks for all the details all worked out. Pinned for next time.

    1. I used potato bread for a more unique flavor and margarine instead of butter for less saturated fat. If you make these substitutions, I suggest lowering the oven temperature to 400°F and baking the sandwiches slightly longer on each side so the bread doesn’t get too crispy.

      Also, I like to put meat on my grilled cheese sandwiches. If you do this, I strongly suggest putting another slice of cheese on top of the meat. Otherwise, the sandwiches will fall apart.

  2. I stopped by from Saturday Night Fever to check out your post because Grilled Cheese in the Oven seemed like a great idea and looks so yummy! What a great idea to get them all done at one time! I would like to invite you to share your talents on my new link party The Yuck Stops Here on Hot Momma’s Kitchen Chaos at http://mommasangelbaby.com. I hope to see you there! HUGS

  3. 5 stars
    Hi Margo,
    I love oven toast but have never tried a grilled cheese in the oven, this looks awesome! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a very special week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. I love making grilled cheese in the oven too! It’s probably user error, but I usually end up burning the bread before the cheese melts when I make grilled cheese in a skillet. I often don’t even butter the bread, so that makes it a healthier way to go too. Your sandwich combos look delicious. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas with us at Saturday Night Fever!

  5. Your pictures made me hungry! I love grilled cheese in the oven! Pinned and followed you on FB and Pinterest. Visiting from Modest Mondays.

  6. I have to try making grilled cheese in the oven. Must be easier than making them on the stove top. Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday party!

  7. I have never made grilled cheese in the oven. I have to try. This is great for making everyones at once too. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. PInned & sharing. See you again soon.

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