Today is National Grilled Cheese Day, a holiday that celebrates the humble sandwich that is simple to make, yet delicious to the palate. However, the simple sandwich doesn’t have to be mundane. In fact, you can take your grilled cheese skills to the next level by trying one of these simple tips to making the perfect grilled cheese sandwich.
Martha Stewart is known for her superb homemaking skills — she is the ultimate housewife and home guru. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that she offers some pretty fantastic tips to taking your grilled cheese sandwich to the next level. Martha calls these “adult grilled cheese sandwiches” a must-try. Stewart says the key to a fantastic grilled cheese sandwich is in the quality ingredients. From a high-quality cheddar to whole grain breads, skip the Wonder Bread and you are in for a real treat. You can even add a little pizzazz to your recipe by switching up the cheeses. When it comes to choosing a cheese, there are no strict rules. From American to Gouda, you can redefine your sandwich by changing up your cheese selection.
In addition to using quality ingredients, Stewart suggests spicing up the recipe a bit by adding a little flavor. Whether you put a little bacon in the sandwich or spice it up with some grainy mustard, the possibilities are endless when it comes to adding a little flair to the traditional comfort food. If you prefer your grilled cheese in its traditional form, simple cheese and bread, try pairing it with a tasty tomato soup.
Serious Eats notes that there is an art to making the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich. One suggestion is to grill the bread on both sides before adding your cheese. This will make the sandwich crispier, more buttery, and allow the cheese to melt thoroughly. They also note that slow and low is the way to go when it comes to grilled cheese sandwiches. This means you want your stove set to low, not high. This will help ensure that the cheese gets nice and gooey on the inside without scorching your bread. Another suggestion is to keep the sandwich moving in the skillet. Swirl the bread gently across the pan as you cook it. This will ensure the sandwich is cooked evenly and can put you in a nice zen while cooking.
What is your favorite grilled cheese sandwich recipe? Do you have any tips or tricks for creating the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich?
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