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What is your Grilled Cheese method?

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  1. IMadeYouReadThis

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    I made myself a grilled cheese today. This seems to be a contentious issue between college students and home cooks alike, so what is your method for making such a creation?

    I take basic white bread (or wheat, whatever's available) and thoroughly butter the outside of each slice. I use two slices of the processed, nuclear yellow cheese and a layer of parmesan between them. Sometimes I add swiss or provolone, too. Here's the secret: lay some shredded cheddar in the pan first. It crisps up on the outside of the bread and tastes kinda like a cheese-it cracker.

    I've heard some weird things like using mayo instead of butter or sticking apples slices between the cheese. Never tried anything too strange, but I'm curious to see how many variations are out there.
     
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  2. koen

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    Why would you put butter on the outside of a sandwich? :confused:
     
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    No one does that. He's just trolling you.
     
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    My grilled cheese method involves bacon. I also butter the outside of each slice of bread.
     
  5. IMadeYouReadThis

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    Grilled cheese is "grilled" in a pan. Fried is probably a more accurate term. I cook mine on low heat so the cheese melts completely, but the butter helps the bread to brown and crisp up a little better, especially at lower temps.
     
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    Butter in the pan then a slice of bread, cheese (I like American and Provolone), a few slices of tomato, more cheese, bread, pick it up, a little more butter flip it, cook till golden brown on both sides, yum!
     
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    Same reason you would grease anything going into a pan...so it doesn't stick and because butter gets things crispy and tastes good.

    You could melt it in the pan first, but that increases the chance that it will burn or that your sandwich will drown in the stuff. Also it's fresh on the other side when you flip it.

    So no, not trolling.
     
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    Butter in a cast iron skillet. Brown one side of the bread and then flip the pieces over, install the cheese, and proceed with browning both sides with a lid on the skillet. Near the end drop in a teaspoon of water to make steam and quickly put the lid back on. Do not get the water on the sandwich, obviously... that's a key skill needed for this method. This melts the cheese nice and gooey before the bread is burned.
     
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    This entire thread is a shill campaign for Big Butter. Don't be fooled.
     
  10. Whatizitman

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    For grilling. It's a grilled cheese sandwich.

    Simple method. Good white or wheat bread, but preferably sourdough. Good sharp cheddar. Lightly spread butter on one side each of two slices. Slice cheese about 1/8". Electric grill on ~325-350 degrees. Lay down one slice buttered side down on the grill, put cheese slices on, and lay other bread slice on top buttered side up. Best to cover with something, but not necessary. When the butter is starting to melt on the top, check the cheese melt and browning on the grilled side. Turn over when golden brown. Grill until lightly golden brown on the other side, and the cheese should be adequately melted.

    Eat promptly with homemade tomato soup. :cool:
     
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    Sourdough bread, buttered up thoroughly

    Saute some white onions in Grey Poupon
    Your cheese of choice on one side, the onions on the other.

    Grill till golden brown.

    I know it doesn't sound right, but if you even KINDA like mustard... It will be your new favorite.
     
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    Well in that case, have you had a vegan grilled cheese?

    Put your dry bread in the pan. Consume.
     
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    Hot take here...mayo, not butter. Hot up a cast-iron skillet, spread mayo on one side of your bread, put mayo side of one slice down, 2 slices muenster, other bread mayo side up. Once the first side is golden-brown and delicious, flip the sandwich and cook til side 2 is also GB&D. Serve with pickles.
     
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    If you really want to be serious, watch this fun bit from Chef

     
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    Is American Cheese vegan? I can't imagine there's any animal products in there.
     
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    Many types of bread will do, but not too thick.

    I like wheat bread grilled cheese sandwiches the best.

    Start heating up two large frying pans – big enough for two sandwiches each. One medium-low heat, one high heat. Put nothing in the pans butter, oil, etc.).

    I put plenty of cheese in between two slices of bread. Make sure to cover the corners!

    I make at least two. One is never enough.

    I slather one side of the outside bread surfaces with mayo, then sprinkle with black pepper. If there is no mayo, use butter. Salted or unsalted – your choice...but remember that cheese is already incredibly salty.

    Start cooking the slathered sides in the medium-low heat pan. Two sandwiches at once.

    Be patient. When the cheese finally melts, pull them.

    Slather the top (uncooked) sides with mayo and sprinkle black pepper.

    Flip them, and return them to the same pan.

    Cook till the cheese is well melted all the way through. You might need to do some more flipping in order to do this evenly.

    Once the sandwiches are hot all the way through, transfer them to the high heat pan, and sear them to taste.

    Serve them stacked, not side by side.

    This is the basic process. You can embellish it with other ingredients.
     
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    Yes Sir. That is the only way.
    With either:
    Oyster crackers
    or
    (going a little crazy here).... Cheez-It's, as crackers in the tomato soup.
     
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    Croutons work, too. Yum.
     
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    Cheese and mustard, and sometimes a thin slice of ham, inside the sandwich. The butter goes in the pan, not on the bread.

    Although the last time we made them, we put mayonnaise on the outsides and cooked them in a panini press. They were good.
     
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