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stacyk9
09-17-2008, 01:58 PM
I make mine with just buttered bread and 1-2 slices of American Cheese. Pretty basic, but I saw a great one the other day that also had ham and tomatoes on it. This got me to wondering how everyone else makes their grilled cheese sandwiches?

Jan in CA
09-17-2008, 02:06 PM
Usually just like you do, but I have put ham on it and it's good!

Jax3303
09-17-2008, 02:19 PM
I like to use sharp cheddar on sourdough bread.

Hildegard_von_Knittin
09-17-2008, 02:25 PM
I use whole grain bread, with "stuff" in it (seeds, nuts, etc)... I usually use 3 slices of cheese, we usually have sharp cheddar, provolone, swiss, and meunster in the house. Sometimes I add onion and stone ground mustard.
Sometimes I broil them open-faced, so the cheese gets crispy on top. yum :drool:

Sewing Angel
09-17-2008, 02:30 PM
Oh I wanted to make one today, but had no cheese! This is my favorite one.
Put a little olive oil in a heated cast iron skillet. Add 1 slice bread, top with 1 slice provolone, thinly sliced tomato and fresh basil leaves, a little salt and pepper , another slice provolone and top with another slice of bread. I put another cast iron skillet on top to press till golden, then turn over.
Variations have included, thinly sliced grilled eggplant or zuchinni, or a thin slice or 2 of genoa salami.
If I don' have fresh basil, dried basil or oregano is also really good.

MMario
09-17-2008, 02:33 PM
I am a purist. Grilled cheese sandwichs may have condiments such as horseradish or mayonaise; but adding tomato or ham or even onion makes it no longer a grilled cheese. it is then a grilled "whatever" (ham and cheese; cheese and tomato; onion and cheese).

kellee0302
09-17-2008, 03:14 PM
I make them with just cheese and butter on the bread. but if we have tomato then I add the tomato, it's also really good with grilled onions and tomato.

Crycket
09-17-2008, 03:32 PM
It depends on my mood. A grilled cheese sandwich to me as a child was always white bread and cheese slices (processed cheese). I like to dip mine into Cambells tomato soup (always made with milk, not water).

Every now and again, I like to have a "real" grilled cheese, which I like to do on a fancier bread, like rye or flax. Then I like to cut slices of medium chedder right off the block. Takes longer to melt, but man that is good.

In the end, I feel they are two different things.

PurlyGyrl
09-17-2008, 03:54 PM
I got in a "discussion" the other day with someone so said that a toasted cheese sandwich and a grilled cheese sandwich are ONE AND SAME. I beg to differ--to me a toasted cheese sandwich is a cheese sandwich without any butter that is toasted or broiled in the oven (or toaster oven) and a grilled cheese sandwich involves buttering the bread and grilling it on a griddle or in a skillet.
My mom in her young days ran a restaurent and made a billion grilled cheese sandwiches--she uses a different method--she never butters the bread. Instead she puts the cheese between the bread and takes a pat of butter, throws that on the hot griddle--lets it get all bubbly and brown-then puts the sandwich in the butter puddle on the grill. Oh my yummy!:mmm:

MMario
09-17-2008, 04:18 PM
someone so said that a toasted cheese sandwich and a grilled cheese sandwich are ONE AND SAME. I beg to differ--to me a toasted cheese sandwich is a cheese sandwich without any butter that is toasted or broiled in the oven (or toaster oven) and a grilled cheese sandwich involves buttering the bread and grilling it on a griddle or in a skillet.

Yes, indeedy, they are two very different beasties.

Sunshine's Mom
09-17-2008, 04:25 PM
I'm pretty much the same as you all. Cheese, bread, possibly tomato, ham, bacon, onions, whatever. That one with the provelone and basil sounds yummy....

Ever heard of this:

Grilled peanut butter and marshmallow fluff. Exactly as it sounds. So good! But, your teeth MAY fall out with all the sugar. (you could also put some banana in there too if you wanted). So hungry.......:teehee:

Knit4Pie
09-17-2008, 05:48 PM
I got in a "discussion" the other day with someone so said that a toasted cheese sandwich and a grilled cheese sandwich are ONE AND SAME.

Definitely NOT the same! My grilled cheese is basic...buttered bread, cheese slices in the middle. Once in a while I'll put mayo in there, but I generally keep that for the toasted cheese sandwich.

cdjack
09-17-2008, 06:11 PM
Buttered sourdough with a mix of sharp cheddar and either muenster or havarti and roma tomatoes.

I really like it with brie and either thinly sliced pear or Granny Smith apple, but I'm pretty sure that that wouldn't fall under anyone's idea of a grilled cheese. So good, though.

Mike
09-17-2008, 07:43 PM
Cheese and bread. Cast iron skillet on high heat.

When I was in college I'd forgo the butter and do it in a toaster oven. It was quick. Not quite the same but there was no mess so it was very fitting for college.
I didn't care if it was toasted or grilled. It was melted cheese on burnt bread.
If I fed it to you and you argued whether it was toasted or grilled I'd leave you with nothing :)

Knitting_Guy
09-17-2008, 07:55 PM
Buttered whole grain bread, grilled with a couple of slices of Swiss. Yum,yum.

Now I know what I'm having for lunch tomorrow :mrgreen:

stacyk9
09-17-2008, 09:57 PM
Thank goodness I'm not the only one who just does buttered bread and cheese. After I read about the grilled cheese with ham and tomatoes, I thought mine sounded a little "outdated", but I seem to be in good company. But don't get me wrong, I'm definitely going to try some of the variations you guys gave me!!

Puddinpop
09-17-2008, 10:07 PM
Oh, I like the idea of the apple in it. I am with Cricket though, cheese right off the block. Now, if I need something quick, I will use the processed cheese on a piece of toast buttered. I use to make cheese and bologna sandwiches when I was a kid. I called them Super Sandwiches and I put it under the broiler to melt the cheese. I am so hungry for a grilled cheese now. Thanks guys, I'm on a diet.

suzeeq
09-17-2008, 10:50 PM
I warm up a tortilla and put cheese on one half, then fold it over. Yeah, a quesadilla is a grilled cheese sandwich....

Okay, when I use bread I butter one side of the bread, put that side on the pan, put cheese on it and put another slice of bread, butter side up on top, then flip over when the first side is toasted. I've had one with tomato though, and it's really good.

Plantgoddess+
09-17-2008, 10:56 PM
I make my own bread, so I use my own 10 grain whole wheat bread spread with butter and thick slice of med cheddar. You're making me hungry and I'm trying to lose more weight.

Mike
09-18-2008, 12:22 AM
Thank goodness I'm not the only one who just does buttered bread and cheese. After I read about the grilled cheese with ham and tomatoes, I thought mine sounded a little "outdated", but I seem to be in good company. But don't get me wrong, I'm definitely going to try some of the variations you guys gave me!!

I see those chef shows with their fancy Paninis and I'm like, give me a break, it's grilled ham and cheese.

But then I was cooking fried potatoes and onions for years before I found out chefs call it Potatoes Lyonnaise.

The closest I come to anything fancy on my grilled cheese is dipping it in a bowl of Campbell's tomato soup.

tarrentella
09-18-2008, 05:49 AM
Oh i'm so confused! In the UK we do 'toasties' or we might do cheese on toast or Welsh Rarebit. A grill in the UK is like a small oven with a heat source across the top (gas or electric) and wire rack you put underneath with the food on. The heat is more intense than a regular oven and will brown or cook one side at a time. We use it for things like bacon, sausages or toast.
but a common snack here is cheese on toast: lightly toast a piece of bread. pile on grated or slices of cheese and shove under the grill until it melts. a variation is to mix grated cheese with a beaten egg and and maybe a splash of worcester source then put that under the grill to cook and bubble (that Welsh Rarebit i think).

a toastie can be made in a number of ways and can have a variety of fillings, although cheese is most common and normally the main ingredient. One way of making them is to put cheese (plus other ingredients) between two slices of bread and then put under the grill and flip to cook both sides. The other method uses a toasty maker, which is two hot plates, normally corrugated and with a rim that you put the sandwich between and press together to cook. The rim seels the sandwich so you get a toasted cheesy pocket. It is common to butter the outside of the sandwich.

Duessa
09-18-2008, 07:55 AM
ROFL! I can see why you are confused!!!

"grilled" cheese here has almost NOTHING to do with what it is cooked on! I don't put mine on a grill (usually a piece of equipment for cooking outdoors that has a metal rack with a heat source under it). Think "fried". Cover your bread in butter on one side. Stack some cheese (any kind) in the middle and toss the other butter covered piece on top. Walk away and come back and hope it isn't charcoled. ROFL! Then flip. Your bread is somewhere between toasty and crunchy and your cheese is ooey gooey.

We had grilled cheese last night with potato soup!!! Oh, so my favorite. I'm glad there were left overs because I want more soup with my grilled cheese!!!

Puddinpop
09-18-2008, 10:20 AM
Sophie, I think grilled cheese comes from the grill they use at places that sell sandwiches and hamburgers. It's just a flat hot square that they cook the burgers and grilled cheese on and they might put a weight on the top. Grilling a grilled cheese at home might mean putting it in a skillet over a cooktop or what you describe with two hot plates coming together over the sandwich. Well, I tried to explain it simply, but I think I failed. LOL

tarrentella
09-18-2008, 12:30 PM
When my friend from Canada stayed over he made me a grilled cheese sandwhich of the type you guys are familiar with and i have to admit it was delicious! .. i think it was the melted butter.

The toasty (or is it toastie? it is a controversial spelling, particularly in the pub after a couple of pints when you want somthing to eat and the menu has spelled it differently than how you do!) machine i was describing is specially designed for toasted sandwiches and is hinged. like this (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kenwood-Sandwich-Toaster-Slice-Silver/dp/B000G3JTTY/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=kitchen&qid=1221755752&sr=1-3)

BTW, what is a skillet? i get the feeling it might be a frying pan.

Hildegard_von_Knittin
09-18-2008, 12:45 PM
hmm... I think my next family get together will be grilled cheese and tomato soup. I'll have a buffet of bread and cheese and extra stuff set up; it'll be "make your own" style.

stacyk9
09-18-2008, 12:46 PM
BTW, what is a skillet? i get the feeling it might be a frying pan.

You are correct. It's a frying pan.

Duessa
09-18-2008, 02:50 PM
usually a small frying pan. at least in my house. rofl

sue in canada
09-18-2008, 03:04 PM
When I make grilled cheese I put sharp cheddar and a little mustard between 2 slices of bread, any kind but sour dough is great. Then I lightly butter the outside of the bread (none inside) and then cook in the pan or sandwich maker. Love grilled cheese, anything with cheese really.

feministmama
09-19-2008, 01:11 AM
If there is tomato in it, then it is a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich. No tomato? Grilled cheese sandwhich. Tuna fish? Tuna melt. I put butter in the pan, let it melt, then out sandwhich on top, them squish it with a spatula. Let it get all brown, flip, squish, brown, eat. mmmmmm I'm hungry.

Puddinpop
09-19-2008, 11:44 AM
The toasty (or is it toastie? it is a controversial spelling, particularly in the pub after a couple of pints when you want somthing to eat and the menu has spelled it differently than how you do!) machine i was describing is specially designed for toasted sandwiches and is hinged. like this
Yes, we have those and they can also make Belgium waffles, correct?

Puddinpop
09-19-2008, 11:46 AM
Speaking of Tuna Melts, do you like Patty Melts? It's a piece of hamburger meat on a toasted sandwich with melted cheese and grilled onions. They sell them at the Waffle House and they are so good.

cftwo
09-19-2008, 01:28 PM
tarrentella - in the US, we call your "grill" (the hot heat at the top of the oven) a "broiler".

I do (did) mine with butter/margarine on the bread slices, cheese off the block (any flavor/kind, really), and homemade bread. A cast iron skillet makes the best grilled cheese sandwiches - it gets the toasted part just right.

I'm pretty much not eating dairy now, and haven't found a really good vegan cheese for grilled cheese sandwiches. Nothing quite gives you that gooey-ness plus flavor. The best substitute I've found so far has been shredded soy cheese folded into a tortilla (quesadilla style) and put in the microwave for 30 seconds. Not nearly the same.

jdee
09-19-2008, 01:57 PM
I make mine with two slices of cheese, usually chedder or colby jack, and grill them in a frying pan with butter.

My husband made some awsome grilled cheese sandwiches the other day. He used italian wheat bread, which he sliced on bias, with colby jack and provolone cheeses, with bacon. It was awesome.
As you can see, I'm not the cook in the house.:aww:

A little off subject, but did ya'll see the episode of "Throw Down" where Bobby Flay did the grilled cheese throwdown.

Debkcs
09-19-2008, 02:03 PM
I haven't read everyone's reply (need to actually make lunch and now I know what it will be).

First, I make the bread. We make all our bread, so we'll actually eat it.

Then we buy the cheese, either a sharp Tillamook, or a cheese from a local creamery. Got to have good cheese.

Every time we've moved, a cheese sandwich and homemade tomato soup have been our first meal we've actually cooked. It's tradition!

Ellieblue
09-21-2008, 07:58 PM
I cook mine in my waffle iron.:star:

Puddinpop
09-21-2008, 10:02 PM
Then we buy the cheese, either a sharp Tillamook, or a cheese from a local creamery. Got to have good cheese.

I wish we had a local creamery. Now I know why you make your own bread, with cheese that good, it would be a shame to use store bought bread.

sgtpam
09-21-2008, 11:01 PM
Patty Melt is my absolute favorite...but, it has to be on toasted rye bread and A-1 Sauce on the side..........

sgtpam
09-21-2008, 11:14 PM
[/QUOTE] The best substitute I've found so far has been shredded soy cheese folded into a tortilla (quesadilla style) and put in the microwave for 30 seconds. Not nearly the same.[/QUOTE]

I love Silk Soy Milk; but, I don't think I've ever seen soy cheese. Where do you get it. Do you know a good brand? Does it melt? and does it taste anything like regular cheese...:think:

cftwo
09-22-2008, 09:18 AM
Pam - Galaxy foods has cheeze slices and shreds (not technically vegan, since it has casein in it, but I use them anyway). http://www.galaxyfoods.com/ourbrands/usa/veggie.asp Their shreds is what I use in my tortilla. Soya Kaas isn't bad, but it also has casein in it. You can find the Galaxy brands at Wal-Mart and many regular groceries. The Soya Kaas is more of a health food store item.

There are a few truly vegan brands out there. Veganrella is gross. Vegan Gourmet cheeses are halfway decent, but I still can't get them to melt the way I want them to. I've only ever seen both at health food stores.

They taste somewhat like regular cheese - it's not a perfect substitute. I also have The Uncheese Cookbook, which has cheezy recipes in it, but I've yet to try any. Maybe, maybe, there's a good vegan macaroni and cheese out there!

Duessa
09-22-2008, 10:32 AM
I can't imagine going vegan after listening to you discussing cheese! Man, I love mac and cheese. and not just the home made. I'm pretty guilty of enjoying bosed shells and cheese or even kraft mac n cheese! In fact, I lived off of it my first two years in the dorms!

And speaking of grilled cheese, I'm having some sharp cheddar on rye today!

Something else yummy, make your butter into a garlic butter spread with italian seasoning in it too and put some moz or provelone in the middle. heaven.

Tropicflower24
09-22-2008, 11:19 AM
cftwo - http://www.recipezaar.com/recipes.php?s_type=%2Frecipes.php&q=vegan+macaroni+and+cheese&Search=Search&Searcht=

:D

I usually make mine with cheese (sometimes processed but I hate it. We usaully go up the street to the bulk food store and have it sliced off the block. We don't have a cheese press yet) and super transulent onions slices. Or with provolone and rye, or with........ I have so many variations it's not funny. A good taste is putting some coconut oil down in a frying pan, heating it up, and putting your sandwich on that. :) Yummy!!!

Tropicflower24
09-22-2008, 11:19 AM
Oh, and I am considering going lacto vegetarian..... I would still be able to eat cheese! :)

Luvmyrottnboy
09-22-2008, 12:04 PM
At home I do the toasted cheese: Ezekiel bread and Galaxy foods veggie cheese with dijon. Toasted in the toaster oven. That is my virtuous sandwich.

Out, I order the buttery ooey gooey one! YUM! With bacon sometimes too.

In either case tomato soup is perfect to go with:heart:

Off topic: Tomato soup goes awesomely with a liverwurst sandwich too!

Jaxhil
09-23-2008, 07:21 AM
I soo want a grilled cheese now!!

I usually make them pretty plain-butter in a cast iron skillet (melt it a bit) then put the first slice down, top with colby jack cheese, place second slice of bread. Flip when well toasted adding the second pat of butter and repeat on second side. Sometimes I add ham or tomato, but usually I make it lie this for the kids (plain, that is!).

My favorite though is a grilled cheese on my homemade pepperoni bread-yuuummm!!! I make it almost the same but using the pepperoni bread (which has tiny bits of pepperoni, italian spices and a bit of tomato paste and parmesan cheese mixed in the dough before shaping and baking). I use the same butter-in-the-skillet method, only with this one I use 2 thin slices of provolone cheese instead of my usual colby jack. YUMMMY!! Goes wonderfully with my homemade Pasta Fagioli soup!

I just bought some whole milk mozzerella the other day, which I've never tried before (that I remember) and I want to try it on this.

I think I'm going to have one for breakfast :teehee:

notaregift
09-23-2008, 09:20 AM
Scrambled eggs with shredded quick melt cheese. Stir it up a little in oil in a skillet and taddah....:cheering:


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stitchwitch
09-23-2008, 09:32 AM
This thread got to me and yesterday I went out and bought bread, a tomato and some provolone cheese. I made a grilled chicken, tomato and provolone grilled cheese.
For the most part I'm a velveeta, two slices of white bread buttered on the outside type of gal. I don't like anything on my grilled cheese but figured I'd have to put some healthy things on it yesterday to take away the guilt of eating just gooey cheese, butter and bread.:teehee:

frostywolf
09-24-2008, 12:34 AM
If there is tomato in it, then it is a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich. No tomato? Grilled cheese sandwhich. Tuna fish? Tuna melt. I put butter in the pan, let it melt, then out sandwhich on top, them squish it with a spatula. Let it get all brown, flip, squish, brown, eat. mmmmmm I'm hungry.

Yay! I was beginning to think that I was the only person here that squishes the grilled cheese with the spatula.

I'm of the "if it has anything else in it, it isn't a grilled cheese" camp. Butter the bread (I prefer whole grain types, but anything will do), american cheese, and SQUISH! Serve with tomato soup for dipping. Yum!

Arielluria
02-02-2009, 07:56 PM
I make it on a skilled with butter, of course. BUT, I place a bowl on top of it the sandwich. The extra weight pressing down helps make it gooeyer, I think.......like the old-fashioned press sandwiches for the campfire.

Hmmmmmmmm............I know what I'M having for dinner! I absolutely LOVE grilled cheeses!
:muah:

linknit41
02-02-2009, 08:21 PM
i'm getting hungry!! usually use homemade 1/2 wheat bread, with colby jack, lightly butter the bread (the part that will hit the skillet) and cook til lightlybrowned (tho,usually i get distracted and it is more like dark brown!! also good--use the Philly veggie bits cream cheese spread.linknit41

zkimom
02-03-2009, 07:53 AM
All this talk of grilled cheese and no mention of a Croque Monsieur?

Must be all that ham. Ahhhh, I'm drooling now and dreaming of Paris.

But seriously, I'm a purist when it comes to my grilled cheese. We don't eat processed cheese or white bread so it's cheddar or swiss and whole grain in our house.

Sometimes I use butter but more often I use Earth Balance because it's easier to spread and doesn't burn as fast. I don't eat them often but my teenage son loves them.

Arielluria
02-03-2009, 11:36 AM
Absolutely NO processed cheeses! UGH! I find that Muenster makes the stringiest sandwiches.

LadyFirelyght
02-03-2009, 11:45 AM
Normally I just do the traditional buttered bread and American cheese but...

A few weeks ago, my mom tried putting MAYO on the bread instead of butter. Believe it or not, I couldn't tell the difference! And it's much easier to prepare because you don't have to make sure the butter is softened, you just grab the mayo, spread, and grill!

Ellieblue
02-03-2009, 09:02 PM
I make mine in my waffle iron

newamy
02-03-2009, 09:52 PM
I butter the bread on the out side, put slices of Tillamook medium chedder in the middle and cook it in the frying pan till golden.

If we are having lots of tomatoes and I'm trying to make it seem healthy I might add a tomato.