Saturday, July 12, 2008

Quick Meal #3: The Mighty Grilled Cheese Sandwich

I know it may seem like a silly thing to teach people, but I've seen this one in action and it's not pretty. Let's get one thing straight. Slapping a slice of Kraft Singles on a piece of Wonder bread and putting it in the microwave for a minute and a half is fine if you're 8 years old and you can't use the stove. This is grilled cheese for the big boys and girls. Let's get started.

What you need:
  • 2 slices of your favorite bread
  • 1 bag of shredded cheese
  • or a block of your favorite cheese and a cheese grater
  • a frying pan
  • spray oil or butter

Step #1: Get your gear together
If you bough a bag of shredded cheese you'll save yourself some headaches. If you're like my husband, you'll want to buy some kinda of expensive block of cheese that was aged for six years in Vermont under the supervision of cloistered monks. Not what I would need in a grilled cheese sandwich, but if you're crazy like him, you'll have to grate your own block of cheese. A grater does a fine job and if you have a Cuisinart it goes even faster.

Step #2: Get your grill on
Heat the pan on medium. Spray the pan with oil or take the stick of butter and grease it up. I usually melt the butter and spread it with a pastry brush on the outside of the bread. You can get a pastry brush at any cook store and even some grocery stores. Put a slice of bread in the pan and add as much shredded cheese as you want. It will melt much faster shredded. You can add more as it deflates if you feel like more cheese. About 3 minutes later, add the top slice of bread and flip it over with the spatula. 3 more minutes on this side then flip again. You want the bread to be golden brown on both sides. If you need to keep turning to get it golden, go ahead. It's not like pancakes; they won't turn hard and dense from too much flipping.

Serve and eat! Like I said before the pre-shredded cheese makes this a snap and it is NOT Kraft microwaved cheeze food product. Just......ew....

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