I Made Grilled Cheese With an Iron: Here's How (PHOTOS)

Adriana Velez | Apr 8, 2013 Food & Party

grilled cheese sandwichBack in the 1980s, there was this movie called Mr. Mom in which a full-grown man tends to his own children and maintains his own household. Hilarious high jinks ensue, because men caring for kids and doing housework LOLOLOL! It's a total gas -- if you're living in the stone age, as Hollywood apparently was in 1983. But anyway, one thing, besides the rampant gender stereotypes, stood out for me: The scene where the dad grills a cheese sandwich with an iron. (Out of laziness because the kids are hungry and he's busy ironing his wife's shirts.)

Ever since then I've wanted to try grilling a cheese sandwich with my iron.

Some of you may be asking, "Why on earth would you want to do that?!?" Ugh, why must you ask such boring questions? Because! Science. And because I'm curious. Have you never had a moment of curiosity in your life? It's a lot of fun. You should try it some time. And you should try grilling a sandwich with your iron. Here's how.

  • Build Your Sandwich

    1

    Put the cheese between the bread slices and place the sandwich on parchment or waxed paper. For best results, use grated cheese.

  • Iron First Side

    2

    Place parchment or waxed paper over sandwich and press a medium-high iron down firmly on the sandwich for a minute and a half. I used a setting somewhere between "wool" and "cotton." You don't want your hottest setting because your bread will burn before the cheese can melt.

  • Bread Should Look Like This

    3

    Your bread should look something like this -- toasted, but not burned. The sandwich could probably take another 30 seconds on this side if you like yours toastier. Adjust your iron settings if necessary.

  • Iron the Other Side

    4

    Now flip the sandwich, cover with paper, and press iron for 2 full minutes. The bread should be toasted and the cheese melted.

  • Voila, Melted Cheese

    5

    And there you go! You have toasted a cheese sandwich with your iron. And to boot, it's not as greasy as your typical grilled cheese sandwich, so you can keep your clothes while you eat it. Everybody wins! Check out these seven easy grilled cheese sandwich ideas. And if this iron stunt is too juvenile for you, here's a very grown-up grilled cheese recipe.

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