NAchef, those pics made my mouth water! When it comes to grilled cheese I guess I'm a traditionalist (read: boring). American cheese (deli sliced, not the "wallet cheese" in plastic wrap), sturdy white bread, touch of butter on the outside if you're grilling. It tastes even better if you grill your sandwich in a pan that has just been used to saute/caramelize onions. mmmmm
Just a hint of onion. Gotta put a slice of tomato in it, too. As a kid I liked sweet pickle slices slipped into the melted cheese. Now I'll have to spend the rest of the winter experimenting.
My favorite "grilled" cheese sandwich is done under the broiler! Ate this the first time at a (now defunct) vegetarian restaurant in Cleveland just up from University Circle. Slab of whole wheat bread, very thinly sliced fresh mushrooms (although I suppose you can use whatever veggies you want) and a stack of thin slices of cheddar or swiss cheese. Grill until cheese is gooey melty, veggies are warm, and edges of bread are browning. Heavenly!
coookies, hope you and your friends had a nice warm visit since the weather outside is so "winter".