Nothing beats the buttery bread and the oozy cheese. But, how can you make grilled cheese sandwiches even more awesome?
The grilled cheese sandwich—one of the simplest, yet most loved sandwiches out there. I have to admit I’m a sucker for a great grilled cheese sandwich. But how do you make one that truly deserves to be called "awesome"?
First, we’ve got to cover the basics. For each sandwich, you’ll need two slices of bread, about a tablespoon of butter, and about one ounce of cheese. Nearly any bread and any cheese will do, but if you really want a great sandwich, try using a hearty multi-grain bread or a lighter variety like English Muffin bread.
When it comes to cheese, it’s really a matter of preference. American is the standard for grilled cheese sandwiches, but I prefer to use something a bit more interesting like Colby or Colby Jack. These cheeses melt well and provide a nice stringy cheese texture to the sandwich. If you do use chunk cheese, be sure to cut your cheese pieces relatively thin. You can add multiple layers of cheese, but if you put on a big thick piece, you will have difficulty melting it without burning your bread.
Let's Get Cooking
Once you’ve got your ingredients picked out, soften your butter by leaving it at room temperature or put it in the microwave. When the butter is soft (but not melted!), butter one side of each piece of bread. Put one piece of bread butter side down in a frying pan; place the cheese on top and then the final piece of bread—butter side up—on top of the cheese.
Turn your stove on low and let the sandwich cook for 3-4 minutes. Check the bottom of the bread and flip it when it starts getting very lightly browned. The key to making the perfect sandwich is to end up with nice golden brown bread and oozy melted cheese in the middle. The most important thing in cooking your sandwich is to use low heat. Flip your sandwich every 2-3 minutes after the first flip and keep an eye out for that nice brown crust and melted cheese.
Pretty simple. To make things a bit more interesting, you can add in some deli sliced meat to give yourself a heartier meal. Just put your meat on top of the cheese before you start cooking. Other ideas for add-ins include vegetables like sliced tomatoes or my all-time favorite—bacon.
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