The Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Grilled cheese sandwiches are underrated.  They're often forgotten.  How many times have you wondered, what should I eat, while you had bread, butter, and cheese sitting in your kitchen?  Yup, that's what I thought.

I'm almost embarrassed to post this since it is so elementary... but I've had the unnecessary experience of eating a sad grilled cheese sandwich.  The perfect sandwich requires understanding of how to cook what, and when. Once you've got that down, you can do it in your sleep.  The way I cook this sandwich ensures a crisp and toasty exterior, with a hot, gooey, cheesy center.  I hate it when the bread is really crunchy and scrapes the roof of my mouth.  Don't you?

I wholeheartedly encourage you to get fancy with this sandwich.  What doesn't go well with melted cheese?  Add slices of tomato, bacon, caramelized onions, whatever you like.  The recipe below is the foundation for your perfect grilled cheese. I love pairing it with tomato soup, aka grilled cheese's match made in heaven!

IMG_2679Mmm, cheesey goodness.

2 slices of sandwich bread
1-2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard (optional) 

2 tablespoons of butter
Cheese, sliced (amount is up to you)

(1)  Heat a pan to medium.  If you're adding mustard or any other condiment, slather it onto one side of each slice of bread.
(2)  Add butter to the pan and, once it has melted, add both slices of bread (condiment side up).  Swirl the bread around the pan until all the butter is soaked up.  
(3) Add the cheese to one or both slices.  If you're adding other ingredients (such as tomatoes, bacon, etc.), put it on top of the bread now.  Let it toast, as is, for about one minute.  Lower the heat, and then flip one slice of bread onto the other and let toast for one minute.  


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