Making The Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich


A friend asked me recently what my “signature dish” is.  That one stumped me.  I had never stopped to consider that I might have some food that I’m known for.

And, then it occurred to me.  I’m known for my grilled cheese sandwiches.  At least with the discerning “under 12″ crowd.  And a few adults that love a good cheese sandwich.

Grilled Cheese Close-up

I don’t remember exactly when I honed my technique.  I do know that in college, and in the lean fiscal years after, I made all my grilled cheese sandwiches with Velveeta.  I’m happy to report that my taste in cheese has improved slightly over the years.  Now my cheddar cheese of choice is Tillamook (spoken like the Pacific Northwest girl that I am).

Over the years, I have gotten a lot of practice at making these sandwiches for kids of all ages.  I like to think that I’m personally responsible for saving several children from a life of complete malnutrition and starvation when their picky eating habits limited their choices.  And, I think I’ve also provided a cure to more than one hangover on weekends when the night-before-party often warranted a good grilled cheese sandwich the next day.

To say that mastering a perfect grilled cheese sandwich is easy is rather an understatement.  It’s really not difficult.  It just takes a little bit of know-how and patience.

Steps to the Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich:

Select a good cheese.

Tillamook Cheese Slices

Slice the cheese thin, and then layer it a bit.  This will enable it to melt the way you want it.

Layering the Cheese

Butter the outside of the bread, on both sides.

Buttering the Bread

Cover the pan when you’re cooking the sandwich.

Grilling the Sandwich

Set the heat so it’s hot enough to toast the bread but low enough to slow cook the sandwich so the cheese gets perfectly melted and oozy.  On my stove that’s medium-low.  You’ll probably need to let the sandwich cook several minutes on each side.

On the Griddle

Ready to Eat

You can add a variety of ingredients to these sandwiches:  Ham, bacon, tomatoes, or tuna fish salad.  Whatever you like can easily be melted into this sandwich.  Because, as they say, variety is the spice of life.

Serve with a bowl of tomato soup and make it a meal.

Happy Entertaining (people of all ages!)

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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5 Responses to “Making The Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich”

  1. BudH says:

    Try some “Kraft Miracle Whip” on the inside. Works for me:)

  2. Tricia says:

    Delicious! I, too have made grilled cheese sandwiches over many years and continue to love them. Now, I am including a wee bit of mayo and some delightful mustard
    just to give the sandwich a bit of jazz. Makes me feel
    the need for one right now, Debbie!

    • Hostess says:

      Thanks, Tricia. I probably should be embarrassed to admit how many times a grilled cheese sandwich is my go-to lunch. They are just so easy and SO good!

  3. Christine says:

    Oh sure, publish a to–drool-for recipe when my kitchen is packed! This is gonna be our first feast on Sunday after speed-unpacking. Thanks for the motivation

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