This should go without saying…
but apparently not everyone knows how to make a grilled cheese sandwich. Seriously. It’s 2012 for Pete’s sake. Anyway, the other night I was hanging out with a group of artists at my usual Tuesday night naked lady drawing party when I mentioned that mL’ was going to make grilled cheese for dinner. One of the artists (so that he doesn’t get embarrassed, we’ll call him “Ethan”) said sincerly, “How do you make that?”
I’m not kidding. He’s like 30-damn years old and has never made a grilled cheese sandwich. A grilled cheese sandwich. I made my first one at 6 months old, I’m pretty sure (correct me if I’m wrong, Mom).
“Ethan“, this one’s for you. You might have to substitute a few ingredients since you don’t have a Michelle L’amour to make you homemade bread. But you’ll get the gist.
mL’s Artisan Grilled Cheese
mL’s Homemade Sandwich Bread
Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Heat a griddle over medium heat. Grate the cheese. Spread a THIN layer of mayonnaise onto ONE side of each piece of bread. This is the great secret of the perfect GCS. Don’t use butter on the bread, use mayo. Shhhhh. Don’t tell anyone.
Melt a little butter on the griddle so that your sandwich doesn’t stick. Place one piece of bread mayo-side down onto the griddle. Cover with cheese. Place the other piece of bread mayo-side up on top of it. After a few seconds, flip the sandwich over with a spatula. Brown each side until golden. If you wanna be traditional, slice it diagonally so that you have two triangles of sandwichness.
There are myriad variations on this sandwich. Our dear friend Greta Layne (a Starlet AND Naked Girl…also the one who turned me on to mayo instead of butter – thanks Grets) is currently working through 50 different recipes. Bacon and tomato are most traditional (mmmm, I should try my Taco-ed Bacon) but you can really do anything. Know what’s fun? Giardineira. Totes Hots.