You don’t need the best sliced cheese to make a really good sandwich, but hear us out: It definitely helps. Yes, you can make grilled cheese with shredded cheddar or a burger with blue cheese crumbles, but there’s something so perfect and elegant about a slice of cheese on a slice of bread that’s a similar size and shape—truly, a match made in heaven. From sliced Swiss for your next tuna melt to sliced American for the meltiest grilled cheese this side of the Mississip, here’s the best sandwich cheese from our taste tests.
- Sargento Sliced Swiss
Swiss cheese is some of the best sandwich cheese, hands down. It’s great with ham, mustard, and pickles, and it’s the literal glue that holds together a tuna melt. And when it comes to Swiss, Sargento makes the best sliced cheese we tasted. It’s perfectly salty, has great chew, and is sliced to an ideal thickness—not too thick, not too thin. Sargento claims to make exceptional cheese, and this Swiss certainly is.
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- Boar’s Head Deli Picante Provolone
Making an Italian hoagie or a muffuletta? You’re gonna need a good provolone. We recommend Boar’s Head Picante Provolone, a sliced cheese so good it’s worth the wait at the grocery store deli counter. This isn’t a smoky provolone, but it’s plenty funky and sharp to make an impression on a flavorful sandwich. This is also the best sandwich cheese to pair with some Boar’s Head bologna (you know, since you’re already at the deli counter).
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- Follow Your Heart Smoked Gouda
Whether you’re vegan or dairy gives you tummy troubles, Follow Your Heart makes the best sandwich cheese for you. Their smoked gouda cheese slices are the best cheese slices we tried in our plant-based cheese taste test—they’re so nice and smoky that you can’t taste any weird fake-cheese flavor. These cheese slices are proof that more fake cheese should be smoked cheese!
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- Kraft Deli Deluxe American
American cheese can be controversial. Is it even cheese? If you buy the best sliced cheese of the American variety, we really don’t think you’ll care. Kraft Deli Deluxe is creamy and melty and perfect for a grilled cheese. And, trust us, these cheese slices aren’t like the Kraft singles you’re used to—they’re not weird and plasticky. They’re like real cheese and they’re real good.
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