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« on: April 12, 2013 11:11:33 AM »

Today (April 12th) is grilled cheese day!

Here is a few tips on making a grilled cheese sandwich.

Grilled cheese tips.

1. It is all about the cheese, so make sure you use plenty of it; 50/50 cheese to bread ratio is ideal. When using that much cheese, I find shredded cheese melts better than slices.

2. Make sure you use a soft cheese like American, cheddar or gruyere. Hard cheeses don't melt easily and should be avoided for grilled cheese sandwiches.

3. Thick slices of bread. It is common practice to press a grilled cheese sandwich with a spatula while grilling (you have to make sure everything sticks together), so use thick slices of bread -- unless of course you want a really thin sandwich. I find that good ol' Texas Toast works great.

4. Use a well-seasoned cast iron pan. It browns the bread better. If your pan is not well seasoned, use a non-stick pan instead.

5. Butter the bread and not the pan. This gives you an even distribution of butter on the bread when grilling. Just make sure the butter is at room temperature for easy spreading, then butter one side of the sandwich and put that side down in the pan. Press sandwich with spatula, then butter the side facing up (if you butter the top side before pressing, the top piece of bread tends to stick to the spatula).

6. The thicker the sandwich, the lower the heat when grilling. Medium high heat is good, but if your sandwich is extra thick, use medium heat. That will give you a little extra time to melt the cheese without burning the bread. You can also cover the sandwich while grilling with a lid or pan to trap the heat and help the melting process.

And here is a few pics of a Bacon & Jalapeno Grilled Cheese Sandwich I made for the occasion.

More pics and a recipe here.

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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2013 11:50:14 AM »

Oh man that looks delicious! I think I might even have a jalapeno in the fridge!

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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2013 02:32:14 PM »

Just saw this on Newest Projects and immediately started looking for the image of Jesus.  Roll Eyes I didn't see him, but it sure looks tasty! Thanks for the recipe.

« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2013 04:22:08 PM »

Yum, yum, yummy!
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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2013 02:33:14 PM »

My friend and I made these while up real late one weekend. It took ages to make compared to a normal, run of the mill grilled cheese. By the end of it we were starving and wondering if the extra time had been worth it. We had cooked the bacon and grilled jalapenos before hand as well. The end result is heavenly and this is coming from someone whose diet is made up of basically grilled cheese and pizza.
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2013 08:07:01 AM »

gotta give this a try! looks yummmyyyy!
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2013 10:48:24 AM »

Oh Cheesus! What are you trying to do to me??
This looks beyond delicious.

I swear my last meal would be a grilled cheese sandwich.

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« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2014 06:18:10 PM »

It looks delicious, and I wished I had added bacon to my grill cheese this morning.

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« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2014 02:10:12 PM »

I could eat grilled cheese all day! I never thought to use shredded cheese though. Does it change the taste much?
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2014 08:42:34 AM »

I ate lots of grilled cheese sandwiches as a child but they never looked this good.  Thanks for sharing.
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