One of America’s Favorites – Cheese Sandwich

December 9, 2013 at 8:36 AM | Posted in cheese, One of America's Favorites | 4 Comments
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A grilled cheese sandwich with American cheese, served with tomato soup

A grilled cheese sandwich with American cheese, served with tomato soup

A cheese sandwich is a basic sandwich made generally with one or more varieties of cheese on any sort of bread. In addition to the cheese, it may also include condiments such as butter or mayonnaise. Cheese sandwiches can be uncooked, or heated so that the bread toasts and the cheese melts (a dish referred to as a grilled cheese sandwich, toasted cheese, cheese toastie or simply grilled cheese).
Cheese sandwiches with added meat (such as ham, bacon, turkey and other meats) are generally referred to by more specific names. If ham is included, for example, the result is a “ham and cheese sandwich”. Grilled cheese sandwiches are often served with soup in the United States.

Cooked bread and cheese is an ancient food, according to food historians, popular across the world in many cultures; evidence indicates that in the U.S., the modern version of the grilled cheese sandwich originated in the 1920s when inexpensive sliced bread and American cheese became easily available The cheese dream became popular during the Great Depression.
It was originally made as an open sandwich, but the top slice of bread became common by the 1960s. U.S. government cookbooks describe Navy cooks broiling “American cheese filling sandwiches” during World War II. Many versions of the grilled cheese sandwich can now be found on restaurant menus across the United States.

Uncooked cheese sandwiches simply require assembly of the cheese slices on the bread, along with any additions and condiments.
A grilled cheese sandwich is assembled and then heated until the bread crisps and the cheese melts, sometimes combined with an additional ingredient such as peppers, tomatoes or onions. Several different methods of heating the sandwich are used, depending on the region and personal preference. Common methods include being cooked on a griddle, grilled, fried in a pan or made in a panini grill or sandwich toaster (this method is more common in the United Kingdom where the sandwiches are normally called “toasted sandwiches” or “toasties”).
When making grilled cheese on an open griddle or pan, one side is cooked first, then the sandwich is flipped and cooked on the other side. The sandwich is finished when both sides are toasted and the cheese has melted. Butter, oil, or mayonnaise may first be spread on either the bread or the cooking surface in the case of butter and oil. An alternative technique is to toast or grill each half of the sandwich separately, then combine them. Another method sometimes referred as an “inside out” grilled cheese has an extra layer of cheese put on the outside of each side and cooked, causing the cheese to caramelize into a crispy outer layer.
When using butter best results are achieved at a medium heat. This prevents the milk solids in butter from burning and allows sufficient time for heat to thoroughly penetrate the sandwich and melt the cheese without burning the bread. A crispy golden-brown crust with a melted cheese center is a commonly preferred level of preparedness. Cooking times can vary depending on pan dimensions, ability to control the intensity of the heat source, bread type, cheese variety and overall thickness of pre-cooked sandwich.

A Grilled Cheese Basic Recipe and Web Links Grilled Cheese Recipes

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Ingredients:

4 slices white bread
3 tablespoons butter, divided
2 slices Cheddar cheese

Directions:

* Preheat skillet over medium heat. Generously butter one side of a slice of bread. Place bread butter-side-down onto skillet bottom and add 1 slice of cheese. Butter a second slice of bread on one side and place butter-side-up on top of sandwich. Grill until lightly browned and flip over; continue grilling until cheese is melted. Repeat with remaining 2 slices of bread, butter and slice of cheese.

10 Greatest Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
http://www.womansday.com/food-recipes/10-greatest-grilled-cheese-sandwiches-71411

50 Grilled Cheeses (Food Network)

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes-and-cooking/50-grilled-cheeses/index.html

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  1. We love them here too (Australia) Though I like a variation… I always use muti grain bread, and have Ham, Cheese, Tomato and Onion (thinly sliced) *drools* nomnomnomnomnoms!

    • Ham always gives it that extra “Wow”!

      • My mother taught how me to make them. She always does them with really fresh b read, and butters the outside, not the inside. The we place them into the flat electric fry pan, until the butter browns on each side and the cheese melts in the process…

        *drools*

      • Sounds good.


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