The grilled cheese sandwich! A statement of heavenly ooey, gooey toasted cheese and bread like in the Goat Cheese, Basil and Tomato and Herb Bread Grilled Cheese Sandwich I’m sharing today.
There’s a technique to making the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. Don’t be fooled into thinking you can throw just any type of bread and cheese together and make the best possible sandwich. Making a great grilled cheese comes down to bread and cheese quality, types of both used in combination, cooking heat of the pan and browning factor.
Quality is everything when picking ingredients for any type of cooking. The grilled cheese is no different. Think artisan bread, sliced to your preferred thickness. When picking your bread, think about what cheese you’re pairing with it. They should compliment each other.
Another nice thing about being able to slice your own bread is that you can customize the sandwiches to everyone’s tastes. Hubby likes thick slices and I like thinner, so it works well to slice our own bread.
As far as cheese, I like to use a mixture rather than just one. I’ve used just about any type of cheese you can think of in a grilled cheese. The one thing I do avoid is that presliced and plastic wrapped stuff. It’s just not the way to go.
Use a low cooking heat so your cheese has time to melt. If you use too high heat, the bread will burn way before the cheese has time to become ooey and gooey. Although, you could be like my hubby and believe burnt is a flavor! Apparently, burnt was his mom’s favorite cooking style while he grew up, so he has fond memories of burnt food.
Burnt food aside, you definitely want your grilled cheese cooked low and slow so you end up with a beautiful golden brown toasted sandwich with lots of ooey, gooey cheese dripping over the edges.
Bread to cheese ratio is another important factor. Thinner bread equals less cheese and of course, just the opposite for thicker bread.
I also sometimes add veggies, meat, different types of cheese and fresh herbs. I tend to do savory grilled cheeses but you could also do sweet. It’s really up to your imagination and taste buds. Get creative, have fun and enjoy. That’s what cooking is all about.
So what is your favorite grilled cheese sandwich flavor?