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XanaDUer2

(11,867 posts)
Fri May 14, 2021, 07:36 PM May 2021

How you you all make grilled cheese?

I bought some Kraft Singles and white wheat bread. I usually melt butter and brown the sandwich. However, many times the bread is too browned and the cheese not melted enough

Pssst it's grilled cheese o'clock

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How you you all make grilled cheese? (Original Post) XanaDUer2 May 2021 OP
I use either sourdough or whole wheat bread. CaliforniaPeggy May 2021 #1
Hi, Peggy XanaDUer2 May 2021 #2
YW! Glad I can help! ♥ CaliforniaPeggy May 2021 #4
Peggy, do you brown both sides of the bread lillypaddle May 2021 #46
Actually, my dear lillypaddle, I only brown the outside of the sandwich. CaliforniaPeggy May 2021 #48
Thanks! nt lillypaddle May 2021 #50
Sharp Cheddar and MOMFUDSKI May 2021 #3
use lower heat and press the sandwich with the spatula. I_UndergroundPanther May 2021 #5
I love Dave's bread Rorey May 2021 #10
velveeta I_UndergroundPanther May 2021 #13
I read that Dave's Bread is a "second-chance" employer-- dawg day May 2021 #27
Dave's bread is awesome! nt yellowdogintexas May 2021 #32
Same here and I am impatient... Phentex May 2021 #55
When you are frying butter you can NOT use very hot heat. LakeArenal May 2021 #6
+1 to mayo Shermann May 2021 #23
I also use the mayonnaise spread. It really does make a nice sandwich nt yellowdogintexas May 2021 #34
This message was self-deleted by its author I_UndergroundPanther May 2021 #7
I butter the bread Rorey May 2021 #8
When I make them Marthe48 May 2021 #9
I forgot I_UndergroundPanther May 2021 #11
In my part of the woods, the tomato soup is mandatory. zanana1 May 2021 #43
Sharp cheddar, butter on the other sides of both slices. Ocelot II May 2021 #12
I use a sourdough or Italian bread. peacefreak2.0 May 2021 #14
Why am I craving a grilled cheese sandwich now? MerryHolidays May 2021 #15
Mayo instead of butter, flying rabbit May 2021 #16
Damn. Now I've got to go try to make a grilled cheese sandwich in my George Foreman grill. House of Roberts May 2021 #17
I think that would work- dawg day May 2021 #26
I use my GF grill for grilled cheese all the time Trailrider1951 May 2021 #47
I use PAM or a spray on oil instead of butter. Lower calories, browns nicely, tastes good. Midnight Writer May 2021 #18
Cheese Frenchie version. madamesilverspurs May 2021 #19
No one has mentioned the pickles? Chainfire May 2021 #20
I thought I was the only one who put pickles on their grilled cheese! VarryOn May 2021 #22
So many new ways to try! I have to bookmark this thread, and go make a sandwich...n/t ms liberty May 2021 #21
Some people "butter" it with mayo... dawg day May 2021 #24
I do a low fat, low cholesterol version. wnylib May 2021 #25
What temp are you grilling it on? dewsgirl May 2021 #28
Usually med high XanaDUer2 May 2021 #29
Indeed, I know it's hard to be patient. Especially if dewsgirl May 2021 #56
Kraft Singles suck. Real cheese for me. Nt XanaDUer2 May 2021 #57
Gordon Ramsay explains how in this video Kaleva May 2021 #30
Sharp cheddar, Swiss, and provolone. Aristus May 2021 #31
My goto grilled cheese sammy. OAITW r.2.0 May 2021 #33
Preheat my 6" pan with the bacon press on the cooktop at medium csziggy May 2021 #35
Bring the cheese out of the fridge early flotsam May 2021 #36
More or less what people here have said... electric_blue68 May 2021 #37
in the military dorm room, we used an iron Skittles May 2021 #38
Wah!!!! XanaDUer2 May 2021 #39
Instant pot air fryer MissB May 2021 #40
Light mayo instead of butter RandiFan1290 May 2021 #41
When I'm feeling fancy MrsMatt May 2021 #42
(1) Thinly slice real cheese (like swiss); get out mustard; struggle4progress May 2021 #44
the mustard is important. mopinko May 2021 #45
Colby Jack and Kraft singles with Boarshead Horseradish sauce, pressed in a panini NightWatcher May 2021 #49
Probably in a boring way Ahpook May 2021 #51
easy way jcgoldie May 2021 #52
One of my favorite meals. RegularJam May 2021 #53
I try to follow the Roy Choi method which I learned watching Chef with Jon Favreau GoneOffShore May 2021 #54
Kraft Singles suck. Real cheese for me. Nt XanaDUer2 May 2021 #58

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,731 posts)
1. I use either sourdough or whole wheat bread.
Fri May 14, 2021, 07:40 PM
May 2021

And I also use real cheese. It just tastes much better.

I spread the buttery stuff on the outside of the bread and slice the cheese to fit. Then I put it in the pan (I use a small frying pan).

It's smart to use a low temperature/flame so you don't burn the bread. This gives the cheese a chance to melt and the bread to brown.

I keep a close eye on it.

It's so good!

lillypaddle

(9,593 posts)
46. Peggy, do you brown both sides of the bread
Sat May 15, 2021, 04:32 PM
May 2021

before adding the cheese, or do you brown the entire sandwich?

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,731 posts)
48. Actually, my dear lillypaddle, I only brown the outside of the sandwich.
Sat May 15, 2021, 05:33 PM
May 2021

And that happens after I've assembled the sandwich with the cheese inside.

It's how my Mom did it!

 

MOMFUDSKI

(7,080 posts)
3. Sharp Cheddar and
Fri May 14, 2021, 07:44 PM
May 2021

Mozzarella on whatever kind of bread you choose. I really like pumpernickel. Real butter in the pan and fry slowly. The cheese melts and oozes out in places and that becomes crispy, fried cheese attached to your sammy. YUM

I_UndergroundPanther

(12,714 posts)
5. use lower heat and press the sandwich with the spatula.
Fri May 14, 2021, 07:46 PM
May 2021

I use Dave's bread powerseed kind of bread and real butter and velveteeta cheese along with a thin slice of sharp cheddar cheese.

I don't use white bread anymore,diabetic.

I use a cast iron pan, medium heat, melt the butter before I put in the sandwich, I put butter on the top side . I cook and press the sandwich down a few times with the spatula before I flip it and I press again after I flip it.Lower heat gives it time for the cheese to melt before the bread's overcooked.

I_UndergroundPanther

(12,714 posts)
13. velveeta
Fri May 14, 2021, 07:55 PM
May 2021

makes the cheese inside more creamy.Singles do the same thing.I can't get singles near me. I walk everywhere.When I do get a ride to a proper grocery store I get the big pack of kraft singles.

dawg day

(7,947 posts)
27. I read that Dave's Bread is a "second-chance" employer--
Fri May 14, 2021, 09:12 PM
May 2021

hiring former inmates and giving them another chance.

The Powerseed bread is really good.

Phentex

(16,347 posts)
55. Same here and I am impatient...
Sun May 16, 2021, 12:33 PM
May 2021

but I like the gooey melted cheese so I wait for the inside to cook while the outside gets nice and brown.

LakeArenal

(29,306 posts)
6. When you are frying butter you can NOT use very hot heat.
Fri May 14, 2021, 07:47 PM
May 2021

Also, mayonnaise works well instead of butter.

Shermann

(7,780 posts)
23. +1 to mayo
Fri May 14, 2021, 08:56 PM
May 2021

I added that to my trick bag recently. The flavor grilled is similar but it is so much easier to spread!

Response to XanaDUer2 (Original post)

Rorey

(8,471 posts)
8. I butter the bread
Fri May 14, 2021, 07:48 PM
May 2021

I butter a slice of bread and put it in the pan, butter side down. Then I put shredded cheddar on it, and top with the other slice of bread, buttered side up.

I like to use shredded cheese so it sort of overflows the sandwich. That toasted cheese is a bonus treet.

Ideally I have it with tomato soup.

Marthe48

(17,900 posts)
9. When I make them
Fri May 14, 2021, 07:49 PM
May 2021

I used white or whole wheat bread. I got into using real cheese, and liked a combination of swiss and sharp cheddar. I butter the bread, and lay both slices in the pan, then put the cheese on them. When the cheese is starting to melt, I put the sandwich together. It usually takes me about 10 minutes to grill one. If you use a lower heat, the bread gets crispier.

If you are using Kraft singles, you might want to use 1 1/2-2 slices per sandwich.

I used to butter both sides of the bread, lay them out on the grill to toast a little, flip them, put the cheese on the grilled side and then grill the other side. Really good texture, but a lot of extra calories

However you fix your sandwich, enjoy!



I_UndergroundPanther

(12,714 posts)
11. I forgot
Fri May 14, 2021, 07:51 PM
May 2021

I love having tomato soup with a grilled cheese.Sometimes I put half a can of diced tomatoes and a little bit of half and half into the campbells tomato soup.

zanana1

(6,204 posts)
43. In my part of the woods, the tomato soup is mandatory.
Sat May 15, 2021, 10:33 AM
May 2021

I make a grilled cheese with cheese and a ham slice. Yummy, especially when dunked in tomato soup.

peacefreak2.0

(1,023 posts)
14. I use a sourdough or Italian bread.
Fri May 14, 2021, 07:56 PM
May 2021

Cheese-your choice, anything from Kraft garbage cheese to havarti. I like add mustard. I get my pan hot. I coat the one side with mayo. Add to pan. I use a little weight on sandwich. Add the mayo to top side and flip. A couple minutes and done.
The mayo allows for a higher smoke point.

House of Roberts

(5,370 posts)
17. Damn. Now I've got to go try to make a grilled cheese sandwich in my George Foreman grill.
Fri May 14, 2021, 08:13 PM
May 2021

I think it can be done if you use only the bottom griddle portion.

Trailrider1951

(3,434 posts)
47. I use my GF grill for grilled cheese all the time
Sat May 15, 2021, 05:15 PM
May 2021

Butter one side of a slice of whole wheat bread. Place it on the cold grill. Add a thick slice of medium cheddar, or your favorite cheese, and top it with another slice of bread, butter side up. Close the grill and plug it in. When the bread is slightly browned, flip the sandwich and close the grill. Continue to cook until the bread is browned to your liking. This doesn't take long, maybe 6 or 8 minutes, and makes a great sandwich.

 

Chainfire

(17,757 posts)
20. No one has mentioned the pickles?
Fri May 14, 2021, 08:39 PM
May 2021

A Grilled cheese, in a cast iron frying pan with (very little) butter is incomplete without pickles with the cheese. I alternate between bread and butter pickles and dill. I will usually mash the bread down with a saucer while it is cooking.

 

VarryOn

(2,343 posts)
22. I thought I was the only one who put pickles on their grilled cheese!
Fri May 14, 2021, 08:49 PM
May 2021

My wife thought I was a freak the first time we made grilled cheese.

I prefer hamburger dill slices. White bread (Wonder bread) and American cheese. Nothing fancy.

dawg day

(7,947 posts)
24. Some people "butter" it with mayo...
Fri May 14, 2021, 09:09 PM
May 2021

I tried that and didn't notice any difference.

The important ingredient is tomato soup.

wnylib

(22,979 posts)
25. I do a low fat, low cholesterol version.
Fri May 14, 2021, 09:09 PM
May 2021

Any kind of bread you want. I prefer whole grain breads, like Arnold's 12 grain.

Toast the bread in a toaster. Spread both slices with Hellman's olive oil mayo or Smart Balance mayo. I always use real cheese, usually Cabot's low fat sharp cheddar. (Sometimes both cheddar and low fat Swiss.

Put the cheese sandwich into the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds. Turn it over and do 10 to 15 more seconds. Time depends on how much cheese I use. Sometimes 20 seconds on one side is enough. I can tell when it's been enough by the melted cheese that seeps out the side.

Optional - put a dill or sweet pickle in the sandwich before nuking it. I prefer dill.

The melted cheddar and warm mayo blend for a great taste. Don't know if it would work as well with another type of mayo.

(Low fat cheese still has good taste and texture. Fat free cheese is awful, like eating cardboard.)

dewsgirl

(14,961 posts)
28. What temp are you grilling it on?
Fri May 14, 2021, 09:16 PM
May 2021

I watched my DIL eat a almost black grilled cheese one day, she admitted she was impatient and hated to cook it on low/med. This was a few years ago, she's gotten much better.

dewsgirl

(14,961 posts)
56. Indeed, I know it's hard to be patient. Especially if
Sun May 16, 2021, 12:40 PM
May 2021

you're hungry. Depending on the stove type, I would aim for the point in between med low and medium. It took me years and tons of burnt food to gain the patience to finally wait. I still hate to user broiler on any type of bread, no matter what I still burn it 50 percent of the time.🤦
Good luck, I've actually learned quite a bit from this thread.

Aristus

(67,081 posts)
31. Sharp cheddar, Swiss, and provolone.
Fri May 14, 2021, 09:51 PM
May 2021

Sandwiched between slices of buttered sourdough. Fry in olive oil on medium heat until cheese is melted and bread is toasted to desired shade of golden-brown.

Blot with paper towel to remove excess oil, and enjoy!

OAITW r.2.0

(25,727 posts)
33. My goto grilled cheese sammy.
Fri May 14, 2021, 09:53 PM
May 2021

Rye bread, ham or roast beef, swiss or provolone. Mustard or mayo. Slice of tomato if made with the mayo.

csziggy

(34,162 posts)
35. Preheat my 6" pan with the bacon press on the cooktop at medium
Fri May 14, 2021, 09:55 PM
May 2021

This is essential since I have an electric cooktop and one of those layered pans that takes forever to heat up.

While the pan and bacon press* are heating, I take a blended grain bread, spread mayonnaise on one side and brown mustard on the other. Put whatever kind of cheddar cheese is in the fridge on one side, close it up. Spray the pan with Pam, drop the sandwich in, spray the top with Pam, put the bacon press on top.

Cook about 2-3 minutes on first side until as brown as I like it. Flip it over, cook for 1 minute, turn off the burner. There is enough heat left in the pan to finish browning the second side if left for about 2 minutes more.

I end up with a nice, mashed grilled cheese sandwich. The bacon press pretty much works as if I were making a panini. It also is great for making "grilled" ham and cheese or bacon and cheese sandwiches.

* The bacon press is a cast iron weight with a handle, meant to be used to keep bacon flat while it is cooked in a pan. Gift from my parents about 40 years ago - has a nice picture of a pig on the face of the iron part. It's oval so it fits in my pan nicely.

I've also made inside out egg sandwiches, sort of like this but with Pam spray rather than butter:



Those are fabulous!

flotsam

(3,268 posts)
36. Bring the cheese out of the fridge early
Sat May 15, 2021, 12:44 AM
May 2021

if warmed to room temp you get a 30 degree jump on melting, and then use a deep pan lid with a smaller diameter than your skillet to dome your sandwich which will begin melting your cheese from the top as well. The end result is a faster more evenly melted sandwich. I add a light sprinkle of blue cheese (maybe a teaspoon) so that the melted American or cheddar envelopes it and adds a strong cheese undertone without overwhelming the entire sandwich.

electric_blue68

(15,934 posts)
37. More or less what people here have said...
Sat May 15, 2021, 05:53 AM
May 2021

I use only one (real) cheese per sandwich. Either extra sharp cheddar, or Swiss cheese. I have added slices of a good green market summer tomato when available.
If I remember sprinkle on some garlic powder.

A good white bread, rye w/o carraway seeds, and I'm glad someone here reminded me about pumpernickle bread (which I have used in the past).

I see 🔮 a grilled cheese sandwhich in my future! 😄

MissB

(15,839 posts)
40. Instant pot air fryer
Sat May 15, 2021, 10:07 AM
May 2021

I use Dave's killer bread and kerrygold cheese. Butter each side, put in the air fryer.

MrsMatt

(1,661 posts)
42. When I'm feeling fancy
Sat May 15, 2021, 10:16 AM
May 2021

sourdough with brie, sliced granny smith apples and arugula.

or substitute the brie with sharp white cheddar.

struggle4progress

(118,701 posts)
44. (1) Thinly slice real cheese (like swiss); get out mustard;
Sat May 15, 2021, 10:45 AM
May 2021

gently melt butter in cast iron skillet

(2) Brown first side of two slices of good bread (I prefer rye)

(3) Flip bread; quickly mustard crispy sides; add cheese; close sandwich

(4) Turn heat down (or off); cover

(5) Once bottom slice is crispy outside, flip sandwich to crisp other slice outside

(6) Cover again; wait until gooey

NightWatcher

(39,348 posts)
49. Colby Jack and Kraft singles with Boarshead Horseradish sauce, pressed in a panini
Sat May 15, 2021, 05:43 PM
May 2021

Butter top white bread with butter on the bottom outside and top outside.

Ahpook

(2,756 posts)
51. Probably in a boring way
Sat May 15, 2021, 10:47 PM
May 2021

Whole grain bread, havarti, tomato and the fake bacon from Sweet Earth

I put a bit of olive oil in a pan and cook em up. A good side is a few sprigs of steamed kale.

Mmm

jcgoldie

(11,706 posts)
52. easy way
Sat May 15, 2021, 10:52 PM
May 2021

Put the bread in the toaster then spread some butter on the toast... couple slices cheese between and nuc it. I know probably the gourmets will be appalled by that but the toast is crunchy and cheese melty.

 

RegularJam

(914 posts)
53. One of my favorite meals.
Sun May 16, 2021, 12:08 AM
May 2021

White bread, two Kraft single slices, two thin slices of tomato. Put it together and butter the outsides. Brown the outsides. Cheese is always melted for me. Sit it next to a bowl of tomato soup.

GoneOffShore

(17,399 posts)
54. I try to follow the Roy Choi method which I learned watching Chef with Jon Favreau
Sun May 16, 2021, 05:12 AM
May 2021


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I add pickles and mustard or when it's tomato season thin slices of tomato, not forgetting the mustard.

Or for variation, prosciuotto.
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