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

This has to be the world’s best grilled cheese sandwich. Buttery, toasted sourdough bread is topped with my absolute favorite chili, razor sharp cheddar cheese, a runny fried egg, cilantro, and green onions. When that runny yolk sauced the sandwich, oh goodness, it became pure luxury. You have to make this. HAVE TO.

I love the technique here for any open faced grilled cheese: slather on a mixture of softened butter and mayonnaise, toast the bread, pile on awesomeness, and then broil to melt the 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.

Ingredients:
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

Directions:
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.









To read about my EXCITING NEW THIGAMABOB (that everyone else in the universe already has), follow me on Instagram, and see more photos, please head over to Willow Bird Baking!

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Tags: cheddar, cheese, chili, dinner, eggs, grilled cheese, lunch, sandwich
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