There are very few things in life that will give you more pleasure than a perfectly prepared grilled cheese sandwich, and no, that isn’t an exaggeration either.
As far as popular foods go, grilled cheese sandwiches are often in people’s top 10 food lists of all time, and their top 3 of all time comfort foods, which is even more appropriate at this time of the year as the weather is turning decidedly chilly for many of us.
With the winter months now here, days are growing shorter, the night’s colder, and the weather is turning colder and more and more unsettled. Picture this scene. You’ve had a long day, you walk into your nice warm home, you take a hot shower, get into your comfiest PJ’s, and curl up in front of the fire with a crispy, golden, soft and oozy grilled cheese that tastes like pure heaven with every bite.
We love grilled cheese sandwiches, they taste fantastic, they’re cheap and simple to make, and they‘re considered the ultimate comfort food. Combine one with a bowl of delicious creamy tomato soup and you have pure heaven in a bowl.
Here’s a look at grilled cheese sandwiches, including why we love them, the best and worst breads to use, the best cheeses that work, and more.
So, why do we love them so much?
Obviously the main reason why so many people tend to love them so much is because they taste so delicious. You have oozy, warm, and gooey cheese packed full of flavour, the crispy and golden bread fried in butter, and of course any sauces and condiments to choose to have with them. Another reason why they’re so great is the fact that they’re so easy to make and also so cost effective. You can pick a loaf of bread up, a block, or blocks, of cheese, and a pack of butter for next to nothing these days, and in less than 10 minutes you can have a delicious meal or snack that warms you, comforts you, and fills you with pleasure.
What are some of the best breads to use?
To be perfectly honest, the types of bread you use will depend mostly on your own personal preferences, soft white bread is a firm favourite as it takes on a delicious crunch and golden colour when it comes in contact with the butter. If you like brown, whole meal, oatmeal etc, then use that. The trick however, is the thickness. For the ultimate grilled cheese, you must make sure that your bread is not too thick, and not too thin either. Medium sliced loaves tend to work well.
What are some of the best cheeses to use?
Now we know all about the bread and the perfect thickness, let’s talk about the star of the show, the cheese. Again, it all comes down to personal preference as there are so many different cheeses to choose from. If you like subtle flavours, try combining a mild cheddar with mozzarella. For a stronger taste, go for extra mature cheddars, red Leicester cheeses, and perhaps even a crumbling of blue cheese such as stilton. If you simply love all cheeses pile as many different kinds on as you like.
Do’s and don’ts for the perfect grilled cheese
To help you on your quest for the ultimate grilled cheese, here are a few do’s and don’ts.
Do – Use plenty of cheese, you want it to be oozing down the edges ever so slightly.
Don’t – scrimp on the butter. The butter is what helps give it the golden crunchy coating and delicious richness, so make sure you use plenty in the pan, as well as on the inside and out.
Do – Experiment with condiments and sauces, but always, ALWAYS, have them as a dip on the side, never on the actual sandwich itself. Non-cheese ingredients in a grilled cheese sandwich are considered sacrilege.
Don’t – Worry about calories. Enjoy your sandwich, don’t feel guilty about the calories and fat content, you can always eat a salad and go to the gym tomorrow.