7 Tips for Making the Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich of Your Life

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grilled cheese sandwichIf this CafeMom discussion about how to make a grilled cheese sandwich is any indication, there are as many ways to make that sandwich as there are ways to skin a cat. And that makes sense. We all have different ideas about what makes the "perfect" grilled cheese sandwich -- and what qualifies as a "good-enough" sandwich.

But I think most of us like ours golden and crispy on the outside, soft and melty on the inside, and not too greasy with butter. That's what I consider the ideal, anyway. So here's a few tips for what I think makes a darn-good, family-pleasing, classic grilled cheese sandwich.

1. Warm griddle. Don't turn the heat up high or you could end up with burned bread and unmelted cheese. Sadness! I know most of you know this already, but just in case: Medium low is the way to go.

2. I love cast iron. I know folks love their non-stick. I just want to put in a good word for cast iron griddles. Bread browns better on it, and if you take good care of it, it's also non-stick.

3. Butter the bread. I think even if you're using a non-stick pan, a little bit of butter gives your bread a more golden crunch. Spread on a thin layer on each outer side so it doesn't turn out greasy. Unless you like greasy -- some moments in life just call for a greasy sandwich.

4. Cooking time depends on the cheese. American cheese slices will take less time to melt than harder cheese like cheddar. But figure a minute or two on each side, give or take.

5. Cover while you cook. I'll put a glass lid over my griddle to help the cheese melt faster without burning the bread. Just don't wander away when you do that. (See my last tip.)

6. DIY panini. Don't have a sandwich press? Me neither. But if you happen to have two griddles, you can kind of fake it. Heat both, one on high. Start the sandwich on one side on the lower-heated griddle and put the hotter griddle on top. Press down while it cooks. I recommend doing this only with thick slices of bread -- otherwise, you might as well just make a quesadilla.

7. Give the sandwich your undivided attention. HAHAHAHAHA! I almost never do that. This is the hardest thing about cooking -- NOT doing anything else (helping with homework, throwing clothes in the dryer, answering a work email) at the same time. As soon as you figure this out, could you please let me know? Because I don't know how to do that. And I burn way too many grilled cheese sandwiches.

Do you have any tips for making a grilled cheese sandwich just the way you like it?


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2cent... 2centsCDN

Butter, never margarine for my grilled cheese, marble cheese and a little bit of onion thrown on. Sometimes I'll use garlic butter. Now I'm craving a grill cheese. :)

ashjo85 ashjo85

Butter, and ALWAYS two Kraft American singles. Made better when cut into strips and dipped into tomato soup.

Shandi80 Shandi80

Why must you use the phrase "skin a cat"? I know it's just a figure of speech, but that doesn't mean you had to use it. It's pretty disgusting and barbaric, even if it is just a few worlds jumbled together. You could have said "as there are many ways to play poker" or "as there are many ways to do your hair" for a different, less offensive play on words. For shame, for shame.

Rootbear Rootbear

I use cheddar and mozza and throw in some chopped up broccoli. It's ridiculous.

early... earlybird11

Wow just wow on some peoples comments

Evaly... EvalynCarnate

grilled cheese with fontina, fried onions and a tomato <3

nonmember avatar Darein

Best all around grilled cheese is on home made thick sliced bread, then you use Edam, not american, not kraft slices, no yellow cheese. I am sorry if my opinion on the cheese seems harsh but yellow cheese just has to much grease and oil in it for my taste and always tends to melt somewhere to the bottom of the sandwich when you pick it up. Edam melts to the perfect texture in grilled cheese and has the best flavor I think with soft warm fresh bread.

mmtos... mmtosam06

Garlic slice of white american and yellow slice of cheese yummm

TallChic TallChic

Texas toast with American cheese, Swiss cheese, onion, green pepper and tomato - ULTIMATE GC

nonmember avatar Savannah

Best Grilled Cheese I've ever had, had Kerygold Dubliner cheese, and either Pesto or Carmelized onion (I've had both and they're SOOOOOOOOOO YUMMY!)

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