Originally Posted by Skittle68
I am also in the butter the bread camp. I cook mine on med-low, because I find the lower temp browns the bread more evenly, and it gives the cheese more time to heat up. They turn out splotchier on higher temps. I use a cast iron pan, which I think works great for just about everything, but with a regular nonstick skillet you might want to have the heat closer to medium.
I agree with buttering the bread and med heat. I'd like to add this:
I put one slice of buttered bread in the pan and let that slice get nice and toasted up before adding cheese and the second piece of buttered bread.
The moisture in the bread is allowed to steam off, allowing the side down to get grilled/crunchy nice. A light spreading of mayo after adding the cheesee adds to the overall flavor.
I move the sandwich to a napkin on the serving plate to keep condensation from softening the hot crispness.
I like to have Campbell's Beef Noodle Soup (hard to find on shelves now) or Tomato soup, sweet pickle chips and some saltine crackers to go with it.