How Do You Eat Gluten-Free (or Dairy-free) on National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day?


National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day is observed annually on April 12th.  Grilled cheese sandwiches are ranked among one of the top comfort foods in the United States.

According to food historians, cooked bread and cheese is an ancient food, enjoyed across the world in many cultures.  The United States modern version of the grilled cheese sandwich originated in the 1920s when inexpensive sliced bread and American cheese became easily available.

Originally, grilled cheese sandwiches were made as an open-faced sandwich. Cheese on top of bread is a culinary concept that dates back to the time of the Romans, but grilled cheese sandwiches as we know them didn’t become popular until the 1920s.

Due to the ready availability of cheese and bread in the American food supply, grilled cheese sandwiches became an American staple, but also spread around the world.

gf labelGluten-Free Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Because of the increase in celiac disease diagnoses in the last decade, as well as increased numbers of people going gluten-free for various other medical reasons, gluten-free bread options have improved drastically.

Obviously, if you want to eat a grilled cheese sandwich, you’re going to need some kind of bread. Below, we’ve listed some options for both homemade GF bread recipes, as well as some ready-made brands you can pick up at your local store. We’ve tried all of these and found them to be pretty delicious:

Gluten-Free Bread Mixes

  1. Bob’s Red Mill GF homemade wonderful bread mix
  2. King Arthur GF bread and pizza mix
  3. Pamela’s GF bread mix
  4. Glutino GF favorite sandwich bread mix

Gluten-Free Ready Made Breads

  1. Canyon Bakehouse GF bread
  2. Udi’s GF sandwich bread
  3. Aleia’s Farmhouse GF White bread
  4. Whole Foods GF sandwich bread
  5. Everybody Eats GF bread


Recipes We Suggest

Here are some fantastic recipes for making amazing grilled cheese sandwiches:

Grilled Cheese from The Food Network

Ina Garten’s Ultimate Grilled Cheese Recipe

12 Ways to Make Grilled Cheese


dairy free labelBut What About Dairy-Free?

Now we get to the elephant in the room. At Vibrant Wellness, we do have a significant number of patients who are not only gluten-free, but dairy-free as well. This doesn’t have to mean you can’t celebrate National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day!

With the advent of dairy-alternatives to cow milk products, there are actually a few options for those who are totally dairy free, but want to consume traditional comfort foods that would contain dairy.

Here are our suggestions for ‘cheeses’ to use on your dairy-free grilled cheese sandwich:

  1. Daiya (gluten, dairy and soy free)
  2. Go Veggie (gluten, dairy and soy free)
  3. Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet (gluten and dairy free, some products are soy free)

Hopefully, now National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day doesn’t seem so impossible if you’re someone living with food allergies or sensitivities!

–Suzanne Barker MS RD LD CTTS


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