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Old 03-31-2011, 07:02 AM   #31
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I didn't read the whole thread--but what I do is put the bread in the skillet first and start toasting it without cheese--and I do use butter but that is because I always use butter <g>. When the bread is about 1/3 - 1/2 toasted, I add the cheese. I usually use grated cheese. Once I've put the cheese on, I flip the two slices together to make a sandwich, drop the heat a bit, and wait for the cheese to melt...works for me.
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Old 03-31-2011, 08:22 AM   #32
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Grilled cheese sandwiches are serious business, no time to be counting calories . I liberally butter one side and mayo the inside, slap extra sharp unprocessed cheese (sometimes both swiss and cheddar) in between...don't scrimp, brown it in a hot skillet (non-stick and cast-iron work equally well for me) until extra crispy golden brown on the outside and gooey on the inside.

Then I open it up and stuff juicy red slices of heirloom tomatoes, avocado, and arugula or sprouts inside (my favorite is pea shoots). A little fresh ground sea salt and fresh ground pepper......yum!
(Trader Joe's sells killer Heirloom Kumato Tomatoes year round)
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Old 03-31-2011, 08:47 AM   #33
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Let's see, grilling toast and melting cheese...

1. Butter two slices of bread.
2. Put cheese between them, butter side out.
3. Grill in a medium hot skillet, flipping halfway through whenever the bread turns golden brown. (No leaving the skillet, peeking is permitted.)
4. Eat.

Note: Cheese that overhangs the sides of the bread is OK. Directly grilled and melted cheese is a good thing. It adds a tasty and crunchy nugget of flavor.
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Old 03-31-2011, 09:15 AM   #34
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Although I also usually make it in a skillet, the broiler makes a great sandwich with a slightly different texture. It's very good.

Slice 2 slices of good bread.
Pile cheese on one slice.
Place both on a sheet and under the broiler until the naked bread is golden and the cheese side is melted.
Put the toasted bread on top of the cheese and flip the sandwich.
Broil the other side until golden.
Spread butter on the outsides of the sandwich and serve.
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:00 AM   #35
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Thank you NA for leading me to the Holy Grail of the toasted cheese sarnie, us Brits a mere mortals compared to you lot, I think it was Shakespeare who put us off, to quote from Henry V! part 2 [thine] breath stinks with eating toasted cheese.
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:39 AM   #36
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Bolas, you're killin' me today...still laughing at the Shakespeare quote.

NAchef...Bolas is right, your link IS the Holy Grail of Grilled Cheese. Thank you for that Grilled Cheese Academy link! The 30 photos that you click on at the very bottom of the page are beeeeutiful and perfect for this visual learner! Like the narrator said, my tummy is smiling
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:49 AM   #37
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I like to spray the outside with buttery spray (less greasy), after filling with cheese and mayo.

I also like to use sliced tomato and/or several slices of bacon if I'm feeling really hungry.

It can also be made in the toaster oven with cheese on both sides and no butter or spray.
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:56 AM   #38
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Let's see, grilling toast and melting cheese...

1. Butter two slices of bread.
2. Put cheese between them, butter side out.
3. Grill in a medium hot skillet, flipping halfway through whenever the bread turns golden brown. (No leaving the skillet, peeking is permitted.)
4. Eat.

Note: Cheese that overhangs the sides of the bread is OK. Directly grilled and melted cheese is a good thing. It adds a tasty and crunchy nugget of flavor.
Low-carb Grilled Cheese...apply cheese directly to heated pan...takes a little bit of getting used to
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Old 03-31-2011, 12:08 PM   #39
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Low-carb Grilled Cheese...apply cheese directly to heated pan...takes a little bit of getting used to
Nutty Ogress.
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Old 06-21-2011, 03:22 PM   #40
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There are a lot of suggestions and methods here that it's hard to choose which to use. I feel like my grilled cheese is very good - I usually don't like anyone else's. Here's my method:

-Using an 8" non-stick pan at medium heat (medium heat is crucial so you can melt the cheese without burning the bread too fast)
-Two pieces of cheese between to LIGHT pieces of bread - wheat and whole wheat take far too long to brown.
-Butter one side of the sandwich and melt a tablespoon of butter in the pan.
-While the butter is melting, place your sandwich unbuttered side down on top of the melting butter.
-If the heat it low enough it should take about 4 minutes for side one to be done. You can lift up the side of the sandwich and check for doneness.
-Flip it when you think you're ready. When you flip, if the first side is not done enough for your liking, you can flip it back down once side two has been cooking for a minute or so.

Sounds a little indepth for grilled cheese but good grilled cheese goes a long way. Adding stuff inside the sandwich is fun, too!
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