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Friday, February 6, 2015

Classic grilled cheese (British and American)

Words can hardly describe how comforting warm grilled cheese can be. An American and British classic, it consists of simply a grilled (or fried or toasted) sandwich with cheese between the bread slices. After the quick cooking, the bread becomes crispy and toasty and the cheese is melted, making it the ideal comfort food (and a traditional companion to tomato soup). :)
There are multiple variations stemming from the original recipe, with lots of extra topping and ingredients which can be added to the cheese, but this is the basic, classic version. Enjoy. :)
Recipe sources: Smitten Kitchen and Jeff Mauro

Last year: Turkey bites with vodka sauce.
Two years ago: Smoked salmon pizza (Italian).
Three years ago: Sprinkle butter cookies (Italian).
Four years ago: Bacon-wrapped baby cornSpicy chocolate truffles and Pissaladières (French caramelized onion tarts).

Ingredients (serves 2):
  • 4 square slices of bread (I used whole wheat)
  • 2 large slices of cheese, or 4 regular-sized ones (like Gruyere, Cheddar, Gouda etc)
  • a bit of butter

Warm your toaster or sandwich maker and have it ready. (Or use a frying pan, if you'd like). Divide the cheese between 2 slices of bread and then top them with the other 2 slices. Put a little butter on both sides of each sandwich, then put them in the toaster. Grill for 4-5 minutes (or whatever the manufacturer's instructions are). (or fry them for 2 minutes per side if you're using a pan).

Take out and it's done, dig in! :)

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