Perfect Grilled Cheese: Learn a few tricks to take your mediocre grilled cheese to grilled cheese euphoria… in about 5 minutes!
A classic American grilled cheese sandwich is something we can all relate to.
We’ve all had killer grilled cheese sandwiches that inspire foodie dreams for weeks, and we’ve all had some that were just ok.
In today’s 5 Minute Fix, I’m going to share a few tricks that will make your grilled cheese sandwich spectacular!
Perfect Grilled Cheese Tips
Use good bread. Plain white sandwich bread is alright, but if you want an awesome grilled cheese sandwich, start with awesome bread. Sourdough, rustic italian, and pumpernickel are my favorites for grilled cheese.
Use more than one cheese. I like to combine 3 cheeses to create a well-rounded cheesy flavor. Single cheese sandwiches tend to taste flat.
Start with room temperature ingredients. Your cheese will melt much more evenly if your bread and cheeses aren’t cold when you put them on the griddle. Lay them out ahead of time for optimal results.
Less is not more. Ok, sometimes less IS more, but not when it comes to grilled cheese. Cut your bread in thick 1/2 inch slices and don’t be skimping with the cheese. Whether using slices or shredded cheese, add enough so the hot molten cheese will ooze out when you take a bite!
Add fresh herbs. Everything tastes better with fresh herbs! If you’ve got a little thyme, basil or rosemary in the fridge, sprinkle some on top of the cheese before covering.
Butter the griddle, not the bread. Buttering the griddle (or skillet) instead of the slices of bread does two things. It eliminates the gouge marks from trying to spread hard butter on soft bread. Second, it toasts the bread without a greasy over saturation from the butter and cheese. That means your bread will remain soft and dry on the inside with a golden toasted crust, instead of creating two greasy sponges with cheese in the middle.
Grill over medium heat. Grilling your grilled cheese over medium heat (about 350 degrees F) allows the cheese to melt, without burning the bread. Golden bread + melted cheese = great grilled cheese
Cover when grilling the first slice. I like to use a metal bowl or skillet to cover the sandwiches when I’m grilling the first slice of bread. (Or use a lid if cooking in a skillet, instead of on a griddle.) By covering the sandwich, you’re capturing the heat and helping the cheese to melt all the way through, without over browning the bread. Once the first side in golden-brown, remove the cover and grill the second side without it, so the toasted bread will stay crisp.
If you follow these steps, you should be able to cook your grilled cheese sandwich for 2-4 minutes per side and end up with golden grilled cheese perfection!
Now your turn.
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