You Should Make Your Grilled Cheese with Mayo—Not Butter

The secret ingredient for the best-ever grilled cheese is mayo!

We can all agree that everyone loves new ways to improve on old favourites. Do you know how to make a perfect hard-boiled egg? Or how to use a hairdryer for the best-ever Thanksgiving turkey? Now you do!

One of the latest and greatest kitchen hacks involves upgrading your grilled cheese with one simple secret ingredient: mayonnaise.

How Do You Make a Grilled Cheese with Mayo?

The best part of many recipe tweaks is that they’re often easy and incorporate ingredients most people already have in the house. That’s definitely the case with this. You switch out the usual butter on a grilled cheese sandwich and using mayo instead, a trick we learned on Reddit.

It’s so easy! All you have to do is coat the outside of your sandwich bread with mayonnaise before you pan-fry it, creating a crispy flavourful crust almost reminiscent of garlic bread.

Sometimes food hacks seem so simple, we ask ourselves “Why didn’t we think of that?”

Of course, you can kick things up a notch by using flavoured mayonnaise. Maybe garlic or basil? You could even dredge the bread in grated cheese like Parmesan or Cotija to recreate the flavour of grilled street corn. (Check out this guide to the perfect grilled cheese for even more tips!)

Why Is Mayo Better for Grilled Cheese?

It might seem strange to use mayo to make a grilled cheese (or even to bake chocolate cake). But it makes perfect sense when you think about the ingredients used to make mayonnaise—that creamy texture comes from whipping egg yolks and oil. Using mayo instead of butter to make grilled cheese results in a rich, golden brown exterior, and some say the taste is even better than butter!

Looking for more comfort food? Check out our 50 all-time favourite slow cooker recipes.

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Originally Published on Taste of Home