The grilled cheese sandwich is possibly my most favorite and fastest comfort foods. Hungry and only have a few minutes? Bam!
However, it came to my attention that most people do grilled cheese wrong. This may be difficult to believe, since you only need bread, cheese, and butter, but most people make a grilled cheese without using bread, cheese or butter!
This is not bread:
This is not cheese:
And this is definitely not butter:
What you need:
- Bread. Good french style bread isn’t expensive nor is it hard to find. I get mine at Walmart for crying out loud!
- Cheese. Cheese is not made out of vegetable oil. It does not come out of a can or a jar. Any of the common block cheeses like cheddar, swiss or jack are great. Buy block cheese and slice it! It’s not any more work.
- Butter. From a cow. Not oil from vegetables.
Nice to have: A non stick electric hotplate simplifies cooking and cleanup.
Optional: Lunchmeat like ham or turkey, or maybe a couple slices of leftover bacon (it could happen!) to protein it up a bit.
First, warm up your griddle while you slice and prep the sandwich fixin’s. If you’re using an electric hotplate, it’ll heat up past your selected temp, then turn off to cool down past it. You’ll avoid burning your bread if you let it cycle once before putting your sandwich on it.
Slice your bread as thin as you can without getting holes through or having it fall apart. I aim for about half an inch. Don’t make the mistake of piling on the cheese and having it all melt out onto the hotplate or even worse, only melting partially so that you get a nasty lump of lukewarm cheese in the middle. I like to put a single slice of ham in the middle between the cheese. Then slap some butter on it and put it on the hot hotplate.
Butter the top side while you wait. Just a few minutes, but for your first few keep a close eye on it. Then when it gets about right, flip and repeat:
Look at that! Devour and be happy. Kids love ‘em, too.
In case you haven’t noticed, I believe in simple recipes, relying on the quality of the ingredients. If you choose styrofoam bread, plastic cheese and synthetic oil instead of bread, cheese and butter, you have failed at making a grilled cheese.