Monday, 16 April 2012
National grilled cheese day passed on April 12th. I completely forgot the holiday. I should have made a special grilled cheese lunch. Even though the special day came and left, and I forgot, it doesn't mean we can't celebrate now.
Who doesn't like grilled cheese? It's composed of butter, bread, and cheese. Grilled cheese is quick to make, tasty, and an ultimate minor snack. In college, whenever hunger crept up on me before running out to class, I flipped on the burners, buttered bread, grabbed a couple slices of sharp cheddar, and fried up a delicious grilled cheese to go.
The greatness behind the grilled cheese is not only its quick availability, but the endless possibilities for creativity. You can make adjustments to customize grilled cheese to your liking.
I'm an original, stick to the basics, grilled cheese kind of guy. Butter (let's face it, more butter makes a better grilled cheese), 2-3 slices of any cheese (preferably sharp cheddar or American), and either white or wheat bread. That's my idea of a perfect grilled cheese.
If you feel kind of plain with the original, then change it up in whatever way you prefer. You can use any bread on hand. I've seen white, wheat, rye, Texas toast, and multiple other bread varieties.
I stick to butter, but I've eaten grilled cheese that took a different route. In college at the dining hall grill station, the cook (probably no cooking experience whatsoever), lathered up the industrial sized griddle with the cheap oil. The grilled cheese was pretty good due, but probably the unhealthiest grilled cheese there is.
What you decide to put between the two slices of bread is up to you. I normally settle on cheese with the occasional bacon.
Bacon Grilled CheeseDon't stop with the cheese. If you're like my father, you need more. He demands thinly sliced ham and pickles on his grilled cheese. I've concocted a tomato and mozzarella grilled cheese. Tomato, pickles, bacon, and ham seem to be common relatives of the grilled cheese.
I have heard of all types of combinations. If you can think it up, then it's possible.
After some research I've encountered pizza grilled cheese.
Mexican Grilled Cheese.
A grilled cheese burger. This isn't really creative. Whoever made this didn't realize they were making a cheeseburger with bread and butter.
Buffalo grilled cheese.
And even a grilled cheese doughnut (that's a stretch for me).
I was curious about what other grilled cheese combinations were out there. I visited the Grilled Cheese Academy. Wow! Take a look. This place takes grilled cheese to a whole new level. The grilled cheese combinations coupled with the incredible seductive voice description, blew my mind. They showcase grilled cheeses such as the "The Monroe", "The Dagwood", "The Big Sal", "The Bianca", "The Bavaria", and other grilled cheese sandwiches that forced me outside of my grilled cheese safety zone. If you check out the academy, you'll have a new appreciation for the creativity of the grilled cheese.
What's your grilled cheese?