While it may be one of the first meals that most of us ever attempt to cook, there is a science to the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. Toast the bread on both sides, to add buttery flavor and promote even melting; cook the sandwich low and slow, for an even, deep brown crust; use plenty of American cheese; and don't forget to salt. The result is the crunchy, buttery, melty sandwich of your childhood dreams.
How to Make a Better Grilled Cheese
2 tablespoons (30g) butter, cut into 3 even pieces
2 slices hearty white bread, such as Pepperidge Farm or Arnold
2 to 4 slices American, cheddar, or Jack cheese
In a 10-inch nonstick skillet, melt 1 piece of butter over medium heat until foaming subsides. Add both bread slices and cook, swirling occasionally, until pale golden brown on bottom sides, about 2 minutes.
Transfer bread to a work surface, toasted side up. Place cheese slices on top of one slice, then close sandwich, with both toasted sides facing inward.
Add 1 piece of butter to skillet, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until melted. Add sandwich and cook, swirling occasionally and pressing with your hand or a cooking weight, until deep, even golden brown, about 5 minutes. Using a flexible spatula, transfer sandwich to work surface. Add remaining butter to skillet, cook until melted, then return sandwich to skillet, toasted side up. Season with salt. Cook, swirling occasionally, until second side is deep, even golden brown and cheese is thoroughly melted, about 5 minutes; if cheese isn't fully melted, cover skillet and continue to cook until cheese is melted. Serve immediately.
10-inch nonstick skillet
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 45g||57%|
|Saturated Fat 27g||134%|
|Total Carbohydrate 20g||7%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||2%|
|Total Sugars 7g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|