Make these ooey gooey Chutney Grilled Cheese Sandwiches two ways – with cilantro-mint chutney and mango chutney! They’re great for kids and adults and ideal for dipping in tomato soup!
A fat, ooey gooey grilled cheese sandwich was (and tbh, still is) one of my favorite meals growing up! My mom always made my with plain white bread and Kraft singles cheese and I freaking loved it. She’d also do it with crossaints!
This is the only way I will accept a grilled cheese from now on.
TIPS FOR MAKING GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES WITH CHUTNEY
In this recipe, I detail how I make my grilled cheese sandwiches in a cast iron pan with brioche bread. But, everyone has their own way of making it. Maybe you toast all the bread first, maybe you use mayo. Whatever it is, change it up to your liking.
I really think of this as more of a general guide to an incredible grilled cheese, because when it comes to grilled cheeses you follow your heart.
WHICH CHEESE TO USE
I really enjoy mozzarella because I think it pairs super well with both the mango and cilantro-mint chutney. It lets the chutneys do their thang and gives them their space to shine! Feel free to use your own combo of cheeses. To be more specific, I use both shredded mozzarella and fresh balls of mozzarella, or really whatever I have on hand. If you use mozzarella, don’t get low moisture mozz because it takes a while to melt.
Another tip I have is to layer the cheese on top of the bread first, then chutney, and then more cheese. This prevents the bread from getting soggy.
If you have other cheeses you think will pair well with the chutneys you use, do what will make it the most enjoyable for you! Cheddar will be just as good, if not better.
WHICE CHUTNEYS TO USE
Chutneys are condiments in India that use herbs, spices, fruit, vegetables, etc to serve alongside food for a burst of flavor. There are many types of chutneys with countless variations according to region, even per household.
You can buy chutneys in bottles off of Amazon, at your local Indian grocery store, even at Trader Joe’s. For the mango chutney, I used the mango ginger chutney that you can get at Trader Joe’s. It makes for a bit of a sweeter grilled cheese which is lovely. There’s also a great small business you can support, Bleaf, who make authentic Indian chutneys. Another great option is to go to a local Indian restaurant and ask to purchase their chutney!
It’s crazy easy to make the cilantro-mint chutney at home, too. You can check out my mom’s recipe, which I use for mine and results for a slightly spicy, herby grilled cheese. A healthy sprinkle of chaat masala adds tons of umami. It’s truly unreal. I could probably eat this for every meal!
There are a ton of chutneys out there, but I think these two make for the best grilled cheeses. It would also be so yummy to smash both of the mint-cilantro and mango chutney slices together and enjoy that with creamy tomato soup!
Let me know if you decide to use different chutneys!
MORE INDIAN DINNER RECIPES TO TRY
- Creamy Garam Masala Lemon Butter Chicken
- Instant Pot Chole (Chickpeas Curry)
- Chicken Seekh Kebab Rolls
- Butter Masala Pasta
Chutney Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
- Melt a tablespoon of butter in a cast iron pan. Add two slices of bread (depending on size of skillet) and begin toasting on one side.
- While the slice is toasting, work quickly to layer mozzarella cheese on the bread. Spread 2 tablespoons of mint-cilantro chutney on two slices of bread. Sprinkle a bit of chaat masala on the slices. Layer more cheese. Add the two other slices on top of the chutney and flip the sandwich. Cover with a lid and steam for a minute to allow the cheese to get melty. Remove from the pan.
- For the mango chutney, add additional butter in the cast iron. Repeat the above steps but skip adding the chaat masala. Serve immediately with tomato soup.