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The Great Grilled Cheese

Usually I don't really care that much about celebrating the random food holidays that are out there (unless of course it involves making a specialty cocktail then I'm ready and willing!), but I am super excited about today's nonsense food holiday. Drums please, it's National Grilled Cheese Day (actually this month is National Grilled Cheese Month too)!

YumSugar and I love cheese so much that we marked this one on the calendar months ago. I'm a big fan of enjoying the simple pleasures of life and nothing is as wonderfully good as slices of cheese melted between two pieces of toasted, buttery bread. On average I consume about one grilled cheese a week and practically lived on these little sandwiches in college. I love them made with individually packed American cheese slices and wheat bread as much as I love them made with CowGirl Creamery's goat cheese and fresh baked focaccia. Gourmet or down-home style, a grilled cheese is easy to make if you are patient. Never make one over high heat because the bread will toast before the cheese has melted. For more tips on making the perfect grilled cheese and a classic recipe that can be tweaked to your liking,

  • Use a nonstick pan for best results rather than a cast iron grill to ensure that the bread does not stick to the pan.
  • Place a lid on top of the pan while you are cooking the sandwich to thoroughly melt the cheese without burning the bread.
  • If using a bar of cheese, grate it rather than slice it. Grated cheese melts quicker and more evenly than slices no - matter how thin they are.
  • Consider the thickness of the bread, the thinner the bread the sooner it will toast. When using a thicker bread, like a roll or focaccia, pull some of the inside out to have a nice bread-to-cheese ratio.
  • Use a low temperature, never higher than medium.
  • Although you may use olive oil, I find that butter makes the tastiest grilled cheeses. Use room temperature butter that will spread evenly to prevent splotchy toastiness.
  • Preheat pan before you place sandwich inside it. Flip with a spatula.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich
From the Fannie Farmer Cookbook by Marion Cunningham

2 slices Cheddar, American, or Swiss cheese
2 slices white bread
2 tablespoons butter

  1. Put the cheese between the slices of bread. Heat 1 tablespoon of the butter in a skillet or grill and when melted add the sandwich.
  2. Gently press down with a spatula once or twice during the grilling.
  3. When one side is golden, add the remaining tablespoon of butter, turn the sandwich over, and brown.

Serves 1.

Source: Sally's-Place

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nextjen nextjen 8 years
I use Bertolli cooking spray, instead of butter. You can spray the bread instead of the pan, getting an even light and toasty sandwich.
Stir-Fry-Kitty Stir-Fry-Kitty 9 years
If there were no such things as calories (and saturated fat), I would eat grilled cheese for every meal.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
Maddyme - That sounds like another kind of grilled cheese I'd actually try! Kscinscotta - The first time I tried making grilled cheese, I was cooking and trying to make another at the same time and ended up burning the first one to a crisp! Still ate it though! =)
kscincotta kscincotta 9 years
Thank you for the remedial tips! I am widely acknowledged to be the worst cook in the world, and my infamous grilled cheese night is often cited as evidence that I deserve this title. It took me three tries and a call to my mom, and I ended up with a kitchen covered in cheese and butter, lots of burnt bread and nothing to eat. It was awful. I think with these tips, I might be ready to give it another try.
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
Thanks ALSW! I am definitely going to give it a try. Jelly, eh? Interesting. Style Before Comfort!
OChottie OChottie 9 years
Doh, I'm always late OMG Yum, you're killing me! :DROOL: The Jimmy recipe sounds to die for. I ♥ crispy cheese. Buzz, do you put mustard on your grilled ham & cheese? My grandma made me one years ago with leftover Easter ham and the mustard really added something.
chatoyante chatoyante 9 years
It's hard to find (Whole Foods and some international/greek markets carry it), but halloumi cheese makes a totally addictive grilled cheese. It's a salty white cheese that tastes really unique and grills well, too. Mmm.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 9 years
grilled cheese and tomato sandwich = heaven :drool: :drool:
amandaaa amandaaa 9 years
ohhh man i am getting very tempted!! i haven't had a grilled cheese since i was much younger. ahh i think i'm going to have to run out to the grocery store and get some light white bread and either use the cheddar cheese i have at home or buy fat-free american singles. which is better? cheddar or american??
maddyme maddyme 9 years
My favorite grilled cheese sandwhich consists of Sheepherders bread, a thin layer of extra sharp cheddar, and thin layer of pepperjack and the outside sprinkled with freshly grated parmesan. You can't go wrong with this and the pepperjack adds just the right amount of zing. It tastes even better with some ham!
Thehills101 Thehills101 9 years
Mmmm grilled cheese, I haven't made these in forever and tomorrow for lunch I plan on making Grilled cheese and tomato soup.....yummy...I also love adding tomato slices to my grilled cheese once the cheese is melted and sometimes I add very tastey ♥јεήή♥
Jamee-Ro Jamee-Ro 9 years
Has anyone tried yellow mustard on grilled cheese (white bread, American cheese)? That's what my mom does, and in college it was grilled cheese and tomato soup day every Friday at my sorority, and I ALWAYS put mustard on mine and people thought it was so weird. But it's DELICIOUS! Something with the American cheese and the tangy mustard combo. Try it! And a little paprika on there too gives it a little kick. To this day, my mom and I are the only ones I know who do that! The best things in life are free. The second best are expensive.
Food Food 9 years
yah, I actually haven't had one since I was in high school. but it really worked well with pre-sliced bread and kraft individually wrapped cheese. some weird savory/sweet thing. then again, this is coming from the girl who likes fried egg with strawberry jam... and for the record, I know two other people who love that combo too. ;)
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I'm just sitting here thinking grape jelly and cheese...Torn between interested and a little grossed out! =]
Community-Manager Community-Manager 9 years
grape jelly, sounds gross, but I trust you yum, I will give that a try!!
Food Food 9 years
Team - I love that combo too! Grilled cheese and tomato soup, so yum! When i was growing up, my dad always put grape jelly on his grilled cheese. It sounds disgusting, but it tastes great. And finally, what Jimmy does when he makes a grilled cheese: he gets it almost done, and then he sprinkles shredded cheese on the non-stick pan and then puts the sandwich on top of that. This way you have gooey cheese on the inside of the bread, and crispy cheese on the outside! Soooo bad for you i'm sure, but soooo good!
crispet1 crispet1 9 years
Always satisfying!
Community-Manager Community-Manager 9 years
I was a little ahead of the game because I had a grilled cheese on sourdough and tomato soup for tuesday night dinner! This combination, is sooo delicious!
ALSW ALSW 9 years
LaLa - I found it on allrecipes! I've made it twice and both times I changed things around a little bit, adding a little garlic or even some leftover pasta sauce. Also, here's one for Italian Grilled Cheese!
Luxury-Diva Luxury-Diva 9 years
When I was younger it was grilled cheese all day, Now I gotta have my Honey Ham on that bad boy! Yall made me hungry now...
geebers geebers 9 years
I love grilled cheese. With tomato and on wheat (and always butter and full fat white cheddar). This is perfect for the cold rainy day today.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
Good timing for Grilled Cheese Day, actually, because I'm still using up my leftover Easter ham, and I just made a grilled ham and cheese last night for dinner. Yummy.
Oh yum. I think I'll have this for dinner with a bowl of tomato soup! Perfect meal for the weather.
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