Someday, I would like to make you a grilled cheese sandwich. I don’t mean to brag, but I make a pretty good grilled sandwich. I don’t make them as often as I would like to, but they are probably the most satisfying thing I make. Grilled cheese sandwiches nourish my body and my soul.
Now, this grilled cheese sandwich I would make you isn’t your ordinary sandwich. No, this one is made with love and that’s why it’s will probably take a helluva lot longer to make than the average grilled sandwich.
I might make you a grilled cheese sandwich to go along with some tomato soup, either canned or homemade.
I might make one as a late night, too much booze, settle your stomach, snack before you go to sleep. I made one of these type of sandwiches for a friend of mine, after a long night of beer and giggles. I managed to break three Pyrex measuring cups of different sizes, in the process of trying to liberate my cast iron frying pan from the cupboard, but the sandwich was good and it gave me a story to tell, which is more than you can say for most sandwiches.
Speaking of cast iron frying pans, that’s the way to go to make a great grilled cheese sandwich. Sometimes I will use a George Foreman grill (like I did tonight) but I will almost always finish the grilled cheese sandwich cooking process with a quick turn in the cast iron frying pan with a little butter.
Butter is important, no doubt about that. I don’t butter my bread, instead choosing to melt small pats of butter in the frying pan before placing the sandwich in the pan.
I have a secret ingredient for the outside of the sandwich, but I can’t tell you about that. You would have to just taste and see.
As for ingredients, there are so many combos to choose from!
I personally like to use a nice, dense whole grain bread, but you can beat the crispy, golden goodness of a grilled cheese sandwich made with white bread. As for cheese, I usually go with a strong cheddar, sometimes sliced, sometimes shredded. However, I will use any kind of cheese I have on hand, with the exception of mozzarella.
Your grilled cheese sandwich could include the following fillings: caramelized onions, pickled jalapenos, strawberry rhubarb jam, tomatoes, spicy salsa verde, or even another slice of bread to make a triple decker sandwich!
Part of the reason it would take so long to make a grilled sandwich for you is because you would be in the kitchen with me and I would be distracted. See, we would be drinking beers or wine and I would have to find us some good music to listen to. I would also have to rummage in the kitchen for the perfect ingredients to make you a grilled cheese sandwich, based on the mood of the night or the season.
We might eat our grilled cheese sandwiches out of our hands, still hot from the pan or I would crack us another beer and we could eat on mismatched plates, wiping our mouths on mismatched cloth napkins. As for a side dish, I might even crack open a jar of my pickled green tomatoes or tear open a bag of kettle cooked chips if I have ’em. Personally, I like to dip my grilled cheese sandwich in blue cheese dressing. But, since I have no self-control around blue cheese dressing, I don’t keep it in house, so a little bowl of sriracha might have to suffice.
Here’s a photo of a grilled cheese sandwiches I made tonight: 12 grain bread, extra sharp cheddar that I shredded, and smoky paprika caramelized onions served with Magic Hat Hex, straight from the bottle. I ate my sandwich off of a yellow plate.
Do you have any favorite ingredients for grilled cheese sandwiches? I would love to hear them.
Have a great night and keep cooking!