How To Make a Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich Every Time

For most people a tutorial on making grilled cheese is probably akin to explaining how to tie your shoe, but a friend was recently complaining that her 3-year-old rejects any grilled cheese sandwich with even the slightest hint of burning (scraping the burnt bits into the trash doesn't fool her!) so I shared with her two small tips for making it perfect every time.

What You Need

Ingredients

  • Bread (sliced)
  • Cheese (sliced)
  • Butter (melted)
  • Other sandwich fillings (optional)

Equipment

  • pastry brush
  • small pan with lid
  • spatula
  • stovetop

Instructions

(my two special tips are #2 and #6)

1. Start warming your pan on medium low.

2. With a pastry brush start painting one side of a slice of bread with melted butter.

3. Put this slice into your pan butter side down.

4. Quickly assemble your sliced cheese pieces (and any other fillings) onto the bread.

5. Top with other piece of bread and paint it with melted butter.

6. Cover (doesn't have to be air tight) to generate more heat to melt the cheese.

7. Cook for about 2 minutes (if you're worried you can check the bottom to make sure it's not burning) until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted. A medium low heat should prevent burning.

8. Flip and cook on the other side for no more than a minute until the other bread piece is also golden brown.

9. Remove from pan and serve.

Additional Notes: This will produce a soft sandwich (still with some crunch on the bread) like that you might get in a diner and what I've found many kids like. For an even crunchier texture don't use the cover. I usually keep it simple with just cheese as a filling, but if you want to mix it up try adding prosciutto or ham, apple slices or chutney. Note that I used a semi-hard, extra-sharp New York cheese here. American cheese will melt more quickly and, hence, need less time in the pan.


(Image credits: Carrie McBride)