Learning how to make a grilled cheese sandwich is one of the first things most home cooks learn -- they're pretty easy to pull off. With just three ingredients and a frying pan, a grilled cheese sandwich provides you with a warm meal in under five minutes.
While there are simple ways to improve upon this easy meal, it's more exciting to come across ways that make this easy recipe even easier. It's hard to believe that a sandwich made of cheese, bread and butter can be any simpler to make, but trust us, it's possible -- that's why we love this sandwich. And it's all thanks to the toaster.
Which cheese is best for a grilled cheese sandwich?
In terms of the contents, I usually just go with sharp cheddar, but if you want to shake things up a bit, here’s my top three favorites:
Havarti: melts great. Combine it with cheddar for a gooey-salty combination from heaven.
Muenster: rich texture, great taste and melts so well. Pro-tip: spread a little Dijon or course mustard on the inside of the bread.
I know people who recommend adding bacon, broccoli or even sweet potatos — as weird as that sounds — but remember, if you’re adding stuff to the cheese it’s no longer a grilled cheese sandwich but a melt.
Construct the sandwich
Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread. Keeping the buttered sides facing out, place the desired amount of cheese between the two slices of bread.
Put It in a Toaster Bag
Toasta bags are reusable, dishwasher-safe bags that hold one grilled cheese sandwich (two slices of sandwich bread plus cheese). All you have to do is assemble your sandwich, pop it in the bag, and then slide it in a single toaster slot. If your toaster has tiny slots, thinner bread will do the trick.
The one drawback I can see to using a Toastabag is that you can't get both sides of the bread nice and crunchy without doing a little prep work.
However, if you absolutely need toasty crunchiness on both sides, then you can place both slices of bread together without the cheese, butter the outsides, and then put them in the Toastabag. Once the bread's finished toasting, remove the slices from the slot and put the cooked sides together with the cheese between them. Then continue making your regularly scheduled grilled cheese.
Tip the Toaster on Its Side
Turning your toaster sideways and inserting a slice of bread carefully layered with cheese into each slot will totally circumvent the burning-cheese-falling-into-hot-toaster-wires issue and help you make a fast, easy, no-fuss grilled cheese sandwich. Just look!
Take heed when sliding out the finished product—you don't want your gooey cheese to catch on any toaster parts. It's a bitch to clean up.
Technically, this is not so much a grilled cheese sandwich as two slices of cheesy toast that you can either eat individually or choose to place together in a simulacrum of grilled cheese. However, as someone who has tried it and liked it, I can tell you that a grilled cheese by any other name is still just as tasty.
Before you run out and try this, be sure to go to the end of the article and read the precautions to make sure your sandwich is a success.
Carefully remove your sandwich
Carefully remove the pouch from the toaster—it will likely be hot, so you may want to use tongs to grasp it. Turn the grilled cheese toaster pouch sideways to slide the sandwich out onto a plate. Bon appetit!
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