Attention food aficionados: if you’re not yet familiar with the grilled cheese from popular N.Y.C.-based restaurant and bakery Sadelle’s, listen up! Compared to past phenomenon in the ever-evolving world of food trends (like zany dessert hybrids and mammoth milkshakes), the much-hyped inverted grilled cheese is distinctly less garish and complicated. In fact, the only thing that sets it apart is that the traditional bread is replaced with an inverted everything bagel—but man, is it ever delicious.
While the dish has been lingering on the Sadelle’s menu for months, it seems to have only risen to fame in January, when it began infiltrating Instagram feeds everywhere. The sandwiches, which are built using the legendary bagels made by Sadelle’s co-owner and baker Melissa Weller, are perfectly sized and arrive at the table dripping with ooey-gooey cheese. For those of you who don’t live in the N.Y.C. area or are unwilling to brave the brunch crowd, get your fix with the recipe below.
Sadelle’s Grilled Cheese
1 everything bagel
2 slices American cheese
2 slices muenster
3 tbsp whole butter
1. Slice bagel in half and press until flattened to about half its normal thickness.
2. Add cheese alternating cheeses, and making sure that there is not too much cheese outside of the bagel.
3. Put whole butter on the flat top or pan on medium-hot, then place the grilled cheese on top. Place a light weight on top of the grilled cheese.
4. Check for golden brown color, then flip the sandwich, adding more butter and the weight again. Once both sides are golden and the cheese is melted properly, slice and serve.