Grilled cheese

Working too many hours

You know you’re too busy when you feel you always have to cook everything on the highest possible heat so it will go as fast as possible because dinner is always late. And a lot of things get burned because they just need medium heat and slower cooking.

That was me a few years ago. I never made grilled cheese then, because if you cook grilled cheese on high heat the bread will blacken before the cheese melts. It only takes about fifteen minutes to make grilled cheese sandwiches, but you have to do it over medium heat.

How to make grilled cheese sandwiches:

Butter one side of ten slices of bread (either store bread or homemade). Set a large frying pan over medium heat and arrange five of the buttered slices of bread in it with the butter side down. Quickly slice or grate a pound of cheese. My kids like cheddar, but I like swiss or muenster cheese better. Gruyere or emmethaler taste good but will take longer to melt properly.

When the bread begins to be toasted on the underside, put the other piece of bread on top to make a sandwich, but *put the butter side facing up*. Press down the top slice of bread to stick the sandwich together, then use a spatula to flip the sandwiches over and toast the other side. When both sides are toasted, the grilled cheese sandwich is done. If the bread is toasting faster than the cheese is melting, turn down the heat.

You can put other things on your grilled cheese sandwich before you put on the top: sliced avocadoes or tomatoes are popular choices, or bacon for meat-eaters.

If you want this to be a whole dinner, serve it with tomato soup. The canned kind is fine if you’re in a hurry, but then if you’re in a hurry, maybe don’t make grilled cheese.

Vegetarian or vegan

Grilled cheese is vegetarian, but if you want it to be vegan use vegan cheese instead of real cheese.

Published by Karen Carr

Dr. Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.

Leave a comment