The Perfect Grilled Cheese
Open Faced Chili Grilled Cheese with a Runny Egg (The Perfect Grilled Cheese)

Open Faced Chili Grilled Cheese with a Runny Egg (The Perfect Grilled Cheese)

Recipe by: Willow Bird Baking, with chili recipe adapted from Cooks’ Illustrated, as found on Brown Eyed Baker. Sandwich inspired by BS’ in the Kitchen.
Yield: 4 servings

This meal was insaaane. Turns out, the perfect grilled cheese requires the perfect homemade chili. You can use any leftover chili for this sandwich, but it’s so worth it to make the chili linked below; it’s the best I’ve ever had, hands down. It looks complicated, but it’s actually a cinch to prepare and can be made a few days ahead and refrigerated until you’re ready to assemble your sandwiches. The recipe below makes about three times the amount of chili you need, but I make the whole batch because I know I’ll want to freeze some for other uses.

1 tablespoon mayonnaise
lots of butter (around 1/2 cup), softened to room temperature, plus more butter for cooking
2 slices of a sourdough bread boule (about 1 inch thick and 8 inches long)
about 3 cups homemade chili from this recipe
sharp cheddar cheese, sliced thin
2 eggs
salt and pepper
2 green onions, chopped
cilantro, chopped
optional serving suggestions: guacamole, sour cream, avocados, salsa

Preheat broiler. Mix softened butter and mayonnaise in a small bowl and spread a good layer on both sides of each slice of bread.

Heat a heavy, oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Toast one side of the bread in the hot skillet until golden. Flip the bread and pile on the chili. Top with cheese strips and place the skillet immediately under the broiler to melt for 2-3 minutes, watching closely. Pull the skillet out of the oven when the cheese is melty and remove the sandwiches to a plate.

Melt another tablespoon of butter in the skillet over medium heat and break two eggs into it. Cook the eggs just until you can flip them, cooking them only slightly on the other side. Remove the over-easy eggs to the tops of the waiting sandwiches and top with salt, pepper, cilantro, and green onions. Serve with sour cream, guacamole, and salsa if desired.

9 Comments on Open Faced Chili Grilled Cheese with a Runny Egg (The Perfect Grilled Cheese)

  1. Baby June
    May 5, 2014 at 7:53 am (7 years ago)

    That is the perfect grilled cheese indeed. I am drooling. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. DessertForTwo
    May 5, 2014 at 8:52 am (7 years ago)

    hehe! Welcome to this century! It’s a great thing ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love this sandwich, Julie!

  3. Paula-bell'alimento
    May 5, 2014 at 8:54 am (7 years ago)

    That is one serious Grilled Cheese (and yay for new phones!)

  4. Nutmeg Nanny
    May 5, 2014 at 10:12 am (7 years ago)

    Welcome to world of the iPhone! Angry Birds is another addictive game…if you are by chance looking for another one..haha. This open face sandwich looks amazing! It has all my favorite things – bread, cheese, eggs and chili. Hello delicious!

  5. Taylor
    May 5, 2014 at 6:23 pm (7 years ago)

    That looks insane in the best way possible. Runny eggs are my kryptonite. Drooooooling over this.

  6. Robin @
    May 8, 2014 at 3:40 pm (7 years ago)

    For your iphone5, download The Holy Bible with “You version”. Lots of different reading plans, videos, different translations, audio scripture, it’s the best! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Julie Ruble
      May 8, 2014 at 4:53 pm (7 years ago)

      Yes! I downloaded it first thing because I’d used it before and loved it! Good rec ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Amy | Club Narwhal
    May 9, 2014 at 8:38 am (7 years ago)

    Julie, welcome to the iPhone world! I finally made the switch from a flip phone (yes, the people at my phone store actually laughed when they say my 3 year old model) to the iphone 5c and it has been the best decision ever. So much happy jumping! Excited to see little peaks into your life on Insta ๐Ÿ™‚ And this sandwich. I have no words!

  8. Renee @ Awesome on $20
    May 11, 2014 at 2:17 am (7 years ago)

    Oh my gosh, I don’t think I’ll ever get an iPhone. My second hand Droid X is not showing any signs of dying, so short of throwing it under a bus, I think I’m stuck with it for a good long time. Le sigh… I guess I’ll just have to eat this amazing sandwich to console myself.


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