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Mimi's Cafe Five-Way Grilled Cheese Recipe
Mimi's Cafe Five-Way Grilled Cheese
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Sandwich
Calories: 785
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Recipe Rating: 5.0 (7 reviews)

When I think back on all the grilled cheese sandwiches I was served as a kid, I don't get very nostalgic. Around my neighborhood the recipe was plain and simple: Slap some American cheese between a couple slices of white Wonder bread and grill in a hot skillet until browned on both sides. Good enough grub for a kid I guess, but what if Moms back in the day had a grilled cheese recipe like the one served at Mimi's Cafe? Would my young palate have been able to appreciate the five different cheeses? Would the sourdough bread brushed with soft garlic butter and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese have won over a littler version of me? I don't know the answers to these questions, but I do know that as an adult this is the best grilled cheese I've ever had. It's been on Mimi's menu since the first day the restaurant opened back in 1978 in Anaheim, California; and the chain serves around 18,000 of these sandwiches every year - surely to both adults and kids alike. Grab yourself some sliced Swiss, cheddar, Jack, mozzarella, shredded Parmesan and sourdough bread. This is a super easy recipe, so you'll have no trouble quickly cranking out four amazing grilled cheese sandwiches that I'm sure absolutely anyone will totally dig.

Source: "Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3" by Todd Wilbur.

1/2 cup butter (salted), softened
1 teaspoon finely minced garlic (about 1 clove)
1/4 teaspoon minced parsley
8 slices sourdough bread
3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
4 slices Swiss cheese
4 slices cheddar cheese
4 slices Monterey Jack cheese
4 slices mozzarella cheese

1. Combine butter, garlic, and parsley in a small bowl.

2. Preheat a large saute pan or griddle pan to medium heat. The pan should be big enough to fit two slices of sourdough bread.

3. To make each sandwich, spread garlic butter on one side of each slice of sourdough bread. Cut the crust off of the left and right ends of each slice of bread -- leave the crust on the top and bottom. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese onto a plate, and then turn each slice of bread over onto the cheese so that it sticks to the garlic butter. Allow the excess cheese to fall off the bread, then gently place each slice of bread, cheese-side-down, onto the hot pan.

4. I'mmediately place a slice of Swiss and a slice of cheddar on one slice of bread, and then place a slice of Jack and a slice of mozzarella on the other slice of bread.

5. In 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 minutes, when the Parmesan cheese has browned, use a spatula to flip one slice of bread over onto the other, and then remove the sandwich from the pan. Let the sandwich sit for 1 minute, then slice it diagonally through the middle and serve hot.

Makes 4 sandwiches. 

Paula B  
Submitted on: 03/19/14
I came across this recipe several years ago and I made it for my children and I and I served them with tomato soup. To this day my grown children still ask me how I made these grilled cheese sandwiches. We love them!!!
Can u say cheese!
Submitted on: 03/08/13
Awesome recipe! Try this with homemade tomato soup omg!
Submitted on: 03/30/09
This sandwich is easy to put together and more then worth all the ingredients. This is my grilled cheese sandwich for life!
Submitted on: 03/26/09
Grilled Cheese Sandwich's have finally reached utopia in the food world with this wonderful culinary perfection that melts on your palate.... It's a 5+++
Submitted on: 03/25/09
Wow! Most delicious grilled cheese sandwich ever.
Heidi K  
Submitted on: 03/25/09
Amazing!! It's the best grilled cheese I've ever had. You have to try it.
Submitted on: 03/24/09
Amazingly simple ~ Gourmet great !!!