Let's make some grilled cheese!
Making grilled cheese is something you can do in a pan. You don't have a waffle press or panini maker. With a little patience and ingenuity, you can make a tasty grilled cheese sandwich by employing the aid of your ever-reliable cooking pan.
There are a lot of breads to choose from in making grilled cheese. There's the French breads, soft wheat bread, loaves, Ciabatta bread, the baguette; and the list goes on. For this very simple recipe, I went with what I normally buy in the stores - the good 'ole wheat bread.
As for the cheese, I bought President's processed cheddar cheese slices. I don't have a cheese cutter that'll ensure a perfect cut. I suppose this is the right choice of cheese for me. Plus, they melt very fast.
Other ingredients are up to you. If you are fond of meats, you can add ham, bacon; or in my case, spam. You can also add mushrooms, onions and other delightful fillings in your bread. But... that should call for a different post. For now, we are sticking with the basic.
No butter; no mayo. I try to avoid unnecessary fats in my system. While butter and mayo will definitely add a lot of flavor into my sandwich, I am begging them off. There are other recipes I can put them in. Meanwhile, if you want to add more flavor into your grilled cheese, go ahead and give it a thin whip.
Mustard is also optional.
Then, we start grilling!
Steps in making grilled cheese in a pan:
1. Heat up the pan. (No oil necessary.)
2. While the pan heats up, prepare the cheese sandwich for grilling. (Cheese slice in between 2 slices of loaf bread)
3. Grill that sandwich.
Press the sandwich against the pan using a spatula, preferably rubber.
You want to really press on it to flatten the bread while it grills against the pan.
4. Flip the sandwich to the other side. Repeat step #3.
5. Let it cool for a bit. Then, munch on it!
Just a quick note before I end this simple grilled cheese recipe. Some people like making grilled cheese under low heat so the cheese would melt nicely, warm the other ingredient filled and NOT burn the bread. In my case, I am grilling under high heat since the cheese I'm using is quick melt, loaf breads are really thin and there is no other ingredient to warm. :) It's up to you how high or low you prefer you heat. At least, you get the drift on how to make grilled cheese with the humble pan.
Cook time: 5 minutes
Total time: 5-10 minutes
- Cheese slice
- Bacon (optional)
- Ham (optional)
- Spam (optional)
- Heat the pan.
- Prepare the cheese sandwich.
- Grill the sandwich on the pan.
- Press a spatula against the sandwich until golden.
- Do the same for the other side.
- Serve with a cold drink.
Remember me when you cook! Try out my other snack recipes!
About the Author: Beingwell loves simple home cooking recipes. She enjoys sharing her quick easy meals, including Filipino cooking recipes in this blog.