Go To Food

As much as I love to cook, there are certain times when I just don’t have the inclination or concentration to be fabulous in the kitchen. That is why there are always “go to” ingredients in the house for a simple, comforting, often not-quite-healthy, dish. For some, it’s always having eggs and butter for scrambled eggs. For others, it’s about stockpiling the refrigerated crescent roll tubes and lunch meat for easy roll-ups. For me, it’s all about the grilled cheese sandwich. And just to get this out of the way… a toasted cheese sandwich does not count. A grilled cheese sandwich is made in a pan or on a griddle, period. No excuses. And it really will not taste as good if you use some kind of whole grain, rope-embedded, make you crap for days bread. Plain bread works fine, thank you.


Sliced American Cheese
2 Slices of Bread


Heat up the pan or griddle to a little under medium. Butter one side of each of the slices of bread. When cooking surface is hot, add a glob of butter and allow to completely melt. Put both slices of bread on surface, dry side down. Cook until just brown. Flip bread. Place sliced cheese on both sides of bread (how much is all determined by how much gluttony you can muster). When bread has sarted to brown, assemble sandwich, but leave in pan. When the down side has reached desired doneness, flip the whole sandwich and brown the other side. Slide onto a plate when done. Yes, you can tuck in sliced tomatoes or ham or bacon into the sandwich. But that involves added concentration and creativity. And yes, you can use fancy cheeses, too. But who are you trying to impress?

Eat it while it’s hot so that you can insure that you a) scald part of your mouth and b) make a mess. Do not share.


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