Grandma’s Grilled Cheese

I’ve made grilled cheese sandwiches my whole life, but never realized until very recently that I always made them the same way my Grandma does. My grandma taught my mom, my mom taught my dad, and one of my parents (I forget exactly who) taught me. Either way, this is the easiest way to get a perfect grilled cheese sandwich any time the craving strikes.

The trick with this grilled cheese sandwich is the butter. By putting butter on the non-cheese-facing side of the bread, the bread grills perfectly while melting the cheese on the other side. If you don’t use butter, your bread will burn before the cheese is fully melted. And microwaving doesn’t work either – it’s grilled cheese, after all. I guess that’s what you get when you come from a Southern family – butter is always the trick.

Delicious grilled cheese, so gooey that the cheese runs right out onto your plate.

What you’ll need:
1 tablespoon of butter or margarine (1/2 tablespoon for each slice of bread)
2 slices of bread
A few slices of sharp cheddar cheese

What you’ll need to do:

Heat your grill pan over medium-high heat.

Spread butter or margarine on one side of each slice of bread. Have your cheese sliced and ready to go.

Make sure to cover the bread entirely with the butter or margarine. It helps the heat from the pan go straight through the bread to melt the cheese.

Put one slice of bread on the grill pan, butter side down. Stack the cheese on top of the bread, making sure to cover as many edges as you can. Top with the other slice of bread, butter side up.

After a couple of minutes, flip your sandwich to grill the other side. You’ll see nice golden-brown grill marks on the cooked side.

The grill pan makes beautiful grill marks, but you can just as easily use a regular pan instead.

After a couple more minutes, your sandwich is done. You’re left with perfectly grilled bread and gooey melted cheese on the inside. This sandwich is great to eat alone, or served with a bowl of tomato soup.


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