Grilled Cheese Croutons

Grilled Cheese Croutons Recipe

These grilled cheese croutons are very easy to make if you have an electric panini grill, but of course you can always make them the traditional way in a skillet.–Ina Garten

LC As Easy as One, Two, Three Note

Step one: Make a childhood favorite. Step two: Cut it into squares. Step three: Dunk, drop, or plop them into a bowl of easy tomato soup. Ina Garten demonstrates how in the following video.

Grilled Cheese Croutons Recipe

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  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • Serves 4 to 6


  • Four 1/2-inch-thick slices country white bread
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 ounces Gruyère cheese, grated


  • 1. Heat a panini grill or place a skillet over medium heat. Place the bread on a cutting board and lightly brush each with the melted butter, being sure to butter the corners. Turn the slices over and pile Gruyère on 2 of the slices. Place the remaining 2 slices of bread on top of the Gruyère, buttered sides up.
  • 2. Grill the sandwiches on the panini grill or in the pan for about 5 minutes total, flipping once if using a skillet, until nicely browned. Place on the cutting board, allow to rest for 1 minute, and cut into 1-inch cubes. Dunk into soup, being mindful that if you don’t care for soggy grilled cheese, you’re going to want to add just a couple croutons at a time to your bowlful of steaming tomato goodness.
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Recipe Testers Reviews

Jackie G.

Jan 02, 2011

Would genius be too strong a word for creating croutons out of a grilled cheese sandwich? Definitely a bowl (or 2) of comfort food, to not only satisfy your hunger, but to make you feel better.

Anna Scott

Jan 02, 2011

The grilled cheese on white bread, slathered with butter and Gruyère cheese, was outstanding. I don’t have a panini maker, but I just used a skillet and another smaller skillet on top of the sandwich to sort of smoosh it down—worked just fine!

Caroline Chang

Jan 02, 2011

I didn’t have a panini press so I made the grilled cheese croutons the old-fashioned way. They still tasted delicious, although some fell apart in the soup (I didn’t mind).

M.K. Morgan

Jan 02, 2011

I used only 1/2 of the Gruyère, which was more than enough, and my sandwiches were nicely browned in 1 1/2 minutes. Maybe my panini grill runs hot? This is a keeper.


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