I always thought I was pretty good at making grilled cheese sandwiches, but with everything in life, you can always be better. (My photography is a great example.) Awhile ago I pinned a tutorial on how to make the perfect grilled cheese sandwich by one of my favorite food bloggers, Kitchen Treaty, and decided to test it out this morning. It was a dark and cold rainy morning (hence the darkness of my photos) and I was craving a grilled cheese.
1. Start with great ingredients.
Its all about the bread, butter and cheese. My kids love this butter crust bread from the local market and it is ideal for a grilled cheese. I had some Steakhouse Onion Aged Cheddar from Yancey’s Fancy that I was dying to try and all I can say is WOW! Before making the sandwich, I tried a piece and was blown away at how good it was. As for the butter, it should be room temperature and REAL.
2. Butter the Bread
Place a generous amount of butter on one side of each piece of bread with room-temperature butter. These will be the outsides of the sandwich. Do not be shy, you can never have too much butter.
3. Add the Cheese
Turn the bread over, buttered side down and add pieces of cheese about 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch thick. Cover every part of the bread and overlap if necessary.
4. Close the Sandwich
Close the sandwich with the buttered sides up.If pieces of cheese are hanging out, that is just fine, as it will make an even better sandwich.
5. Grill it Slow and Low
This is one of the most important steps to perfecting your sandwich. You can use an electric griddle, set to about 275 degrees, or in my case, a saute pan over medium-low heat. I buttered my pan and let it warm up while building my sandwich. Next place your sandwich on the preheated cooking surface and let it grill for about 5 minutes. Be sure to check it often to make sure it doesn’t burn. Also, be sure not to press down on the sandwich. This was hard for me but I followed her instructions and was beyond pleased with the end result.
After five minutes, carefully flip the sandwich with a spatula and grill the other side for 5 minutes. The sandwich should be a light golden brown and the cheese should be melting nicely. After the five minutes is up, flip the sandwich again and grill each side for an additional two minutes. After a total of 15 minutes of grilling time, you can increase the heat to medium and carefully grill each side until they are golden brown. Just be careful not to burn.
6. EAT IT!
Remove the sandwich from the cooking surface, slice it in half if desired and enjoy the perfect grilled cheese. Words can’t describe how incredible my sandwich tasted. The cheese was fantastic and the sandwich was perfectly grilled. I will be grilling all my sandwiches this way going forward.