Grilled Cheese Sandwich with a secret ingredient!

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Grilled Cheese with a secret ingredient!

Best Homemade Grilled Cheese Sandwich ever

I can’t believe I am actually writing to tell you about the Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich with a secret ingredient. Yes, I did a bit of experimenting in my kitchen again but this time it wasn’t a fail!

Are you a fan of the Shark Tank? I am. I was watching the episode with Tom and Chee. Tom and Chee is a newly formed restaurant that serves the highly popular grilled cheese donut. I couldn’t imagine how the combination of cheese and sugar combine. I just couldn’t. Tom and Chee originated in Cincinnati, Ohio. I was recently there for a conference but when they were closed on Sundays when I visited.

Tom and Chee in Cincinatti Ohio

A few months past and the Tom and Chee Shark Tank Episode aired again. This time I was watching it at 9pm and I was hungry. I’m not a big fan of donuts but still intrigued by the combination of flavors and determined to try it.

I had an idea!!! A while ago I learned the secret ingredient for ChickFilA Copy Cat recipe for their chicken sandwich. By the way, it’s amazing! You should try it. For those that don’t live in Texas, it’s a little Chicken Fast food restaurant that specializes in the chicken sandwich. It’s one like I’ve never tasted anywhere else!

The secret ingredient that gives the chicken sandwich amazing flavor is powdered sugar! My idea… to use the same technique but on a regular plain old grilled cheese sandwich! Guess what?! It’s AMAZING! It’s a total hit with the hubs and the kids! They don’t want me to make it any other way from now on! I am taking advantage of my new Presto griddle grill that can cook many sandwiches at a time. I love that darn grill!

I darn you to try this recipe and tell me what you think!  I bet you like it!

Grilled Cheese Ingredients Needed:

  • Sliced Bread (white or wheat)
  • Sliced Cheese (we love cheddar)
  • Butter
  • Powdered Sugar


Grilled Cheese Instructions:

Butter each side of the bread.  Place two slices of cheese between the bread.  Sprinkle the outside of each bread slice lightly with powdered sugar.  Place it on your hot griddle grill to cook.  I love a cheese crusted layer so I add a bit of shredded cheese on the outside of the griddle grill and flip the grilled cheese onto the sprinkled cheese.  This creates a crunchy crust that we love!  I repeat that step for the other side of the bread too.

Grilled Cheese with a Secret Ingredient

Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich Ever

Serve warm and enjoy!


In case you wanted to know a little more about the Shark Tank episode of Tom and Chee that I was referring too I found some insight here on YouTube:

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  1. I have a husband and 4 kids so you can imagine how I’m always looking for inexpensive meals to make that we ALL LOVE, which is not the easiest task. I’ve tried grilled cheese sandwiches many different ways, but never with powdered sugar (which makes SO much sense because my husband and I LOVE monte Cristo’s!) & I’ve never done what you do with the sprinkled cheddar cheese for a crunchy let me see if i have this right, you sprinkle the cheese DIRECTLY on the grill & then pop the sandwich right on top of it?? Or do I have that wronng? 1 more thing, I noticed you said you use cheddar, but in the picture it looked like the american cheese that comes wrapped individually.?? Could you please clarify if its cheddar or american? We like american because we find it SO creamy and the cheddar is kinda greasy. Thanks alot! Look forward to hearing back!

  2. As someone with a hereditary high risk of diabetes… I’ll have to skip the sugar. However, I do have some preferred ways of doing it- always with either good cheese, or soy cheese (I’m also lactose intolerant, so dairy is something I have very rarely), and with good bread- preferably a really nice granary bread.
    Our preference is tomato ketchup on one slice of bread and mustard on the other, then salmon or tuna, then cheese, and a sprinkling of Worcester sauce for a nice protein-y snack on very active days. Also, salami or chorizo or a similar spiced meat tend to be much more delicious than ham. If we do have ham, it goes with pickle.
    We tend to have it open (more fancy cheese on toast than fancy cheese sandwich) but we’ve had it as a “toastie” as well, and can say these tend to work very well either way!

    1. Disclaimer: I have never tried this, but if you want to skip the sugar, you could try it with cornstarch instead. Most commercial brands of powdered sugar contain cornstarch and I know that it is often used to crisp up things such as baked sweet potato fries.

  3. They don’t just have chick fil a’s in tx. They’re everywhere but the recipe looks delish (: I will try it

  4. I grew up with the regular white store bought bread & the Kraft “orange” cheese slices. Every once in awhile we would throw a slice of deli ham on it. However now that I have tried to eat more real food – homemade sourdough bread w/ real ham and swiss is soo much better!
    Using the powder sugar reminds me of the ” Monte Cristo” I have ordered at the Claddagh restaurant. They served it with raspberry jam Ahh-ma-zing!
    Some comments were about mayo inside or outside of sandwich and I have seen cooking shows on TV where chefs claim they use mayo on outside because it provides a better crunch. I don’t buy mayo so I haven’t tried it out.

  5. In our home we make grilled cheese two ways…….butter both sides of the bread….2 slices of cheese…..spread brown mustard on top….2 more slices of cheese and cover. We also spread mayo between the cheese instead of mustard. Both ways are really tasty.

  6. We’ve always made our grilled cheese sandwich with a little sugar inside (just granulated sugar)….my kids love it!! Anyone they tell about it thinks we are crazy..only because they haven’t tried it 🙂

  7. I spread coconut oil instead of butter, it makes a even and delicious crust and a healthy choice too! I will definitely be trying the powdered sugar and other great suggestions here! Thanks;)

  8. I make a breakfast grilled cheese with deli ham and a fried egg on top served with raspberry jam on the side. I think it would be awesome with powdered sugar on it and i’m going to try mayo instead of butter too. My family just loves it but maybe even more with powdered sugar.

  9. Oh my goodness! This is delicious. My husband loved this, too. I did not tell him about the sugar… let’s just let him think I have a magic touch when it comes to griled cheese, ok???
    I cannot wait to make this for my grandsons. The foods on their list are grilled cheese sandwich or peanut butter sandwich, any fruit you can name and some raw broccoli or carrots. NOt much else that they will eat, so trhey should love this.

  10. Hmmm…. I’d always heard that the Chick Fil A secret ingredient was pickle juice… that they marinated the chicken in pickle juice…

    1. Oh wow. I make this recipe a lot so I will have to try that next time. I had not heard about the pickle juice. It kinda makes sense though because vinegar and salt help tenderize meats. I can tell you that I did the copycat recipe just the way I posted the recipe without wasting time with a marinade and it tastes exactly the same as theirs!

  11. Might have to give this a try. We love experimenting with grilled cheese! I have never heard Chick fil a uses powdered sugar. I heard many times the secret was soaking the chicken in pickle juice!

  12. Just an FYI, I grew up in NC and that is where I first had Chick-fil-a, they are not only in TX. I remember hearing the powder sugar was their secret. So I am dying to try it on a grilled cheese. And since we just had a cold front blow in, looks like tonight is a good night to try it out. Thanks

  13. Hi Jennifer! I just stumbled across your blog and post about grilled cheese on pinterest and after reading decided that I MUST share my own family’s special ingredient with you!
    Growing up my grandmother always made us grilled cheese that she cooked as usual but then topped with jam or jelly!! (flavor of your choice ) It is absolutely WONDERFUL! Once you try a grilled cheese this way , you will never want it any other!!
    Let me know what you think !

    1. OH wow! You are the second person to share this with me. My neighbor told me I MUST try it! I most certainly will. It’s probably one of those recipes that sounds “not so good” but tastes amazing! Off to try it! Thanks for sharing! Oh, and someone else told me they use Mayo instead of butter! Wow! Gotta try that too!

  14. This sounds interesting, I will have to try it next time I make grilled cheese. I don’t use butter anymore, instead I slather each slice of bread with a thin layer of full fat mayonnaise. It yields a perfectly crisp, golden hued, completely even crust on the bread.

  15. I saw that episode too! I love grilled cheese and I want to go to one of their restaurants someday! I love the idea of using powdered sugar. Although growing up my grandma used to put honey on top of our grilled cheese sandwiches. They are the only way I eat them now. 🙂

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