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My Adventures in Cooking Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

My Adventures in Cooking Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

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Andrew Strain
·Feb 27, 2022·

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Let me tell you right now: I am not a cook. On the rare occasion that I do, the food typically ends up in the garage can - usually burnt.

Tonight at 1 AM, I wake up hungry and decide to make a grilled cheese sandwich. I've seen my Mom do it many times. How hard can it be?

Cooking A Grilled Cheese Sandwich - Take One

I get two slices of bread, two slices of Kraft American cheese, and a vat of butter - actually margarine.

I figure that I want the bread browned, and high volumes of grease make things browned (I was thinking of French fries). So that means lots of butter.

And I mean lots of butter. I spread enough butter on the two slices that there is an entire butter layer above the bread.

I cook the sandwich and turn it over three times to get it browned evenly – if you can call it that.

Lessons learned: Butter melts. Melted butter makes bread shrink. Melted butter also makes the bread soggy.

So what I end up with is a nicely cooked small, soggy as hell sandwich. The cheese melted perfectly, but the sandwich was so soggy that I couldn't eat it with my hands. I have to use a fork.

Cooking A Grilled Cheese Sandwich - Take Two

A variety of recipes use Pam cooking spray. Why even use butter when you can go with Pam instead?

Lessons learned: Do not use Pam for cooking grilled cheese sandwiches. It burns the bread in less than 30 seconds and, thus, doesn't melt the cheese either.

I take two bites of this creepy sandwich and toss it in the garbage can.

Cooking A Grilled Cheese Sandwich - Take Three

Buttered Bread

I decided that my obsession, or overuse, with butter is wrong and needs to be rethought. Why not butter the bread, like usual, with just enough to cover the bread?

I cook the sandwich and turn it over three times to get it browned evenly. I could have done it with only one turn if I was a pro.

It turns out perfect - just like Mom used to make.

Cooking A Grilled Cheese Sandwich - Takeaway

This whole process tonight is just like computer programming. You have no idea how to do it initially, but you get a working and tasty product with trial and error.

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