Bookmark and Share November 17, 2009 - Dave Mulder

Making a perfect grilled cheese sandwich

You know what a grilled cheese sandwich is: Two slices of bread, lightly buttered on the outside, with cheese in the middle. Toss it on a hot pan for a few minutes until the cheese melts and the bread is golden brown, then enjoy. It’s an American staple.

But it’s a food, like many other American staples, which has been eroded by a wave of commodity materials. Heavily-processed cheese, additive-laden bread, and butter are dirt cheap. A generation of children are eating inferior grilled cheeses.

I wanted to rekindle my love of grilled cheese, so I set about by re-creating something pure, natural, and real.  Inspired by a friend, I think this grilled cheese sets an example for others to follow.

A few more thoughts on this grilled cheese preparation. It was meant to be a variation on the standard bread/cheese model. If you search out grilled cheese recipes, you will find many which involve additional ingredients, like tomato, ham, bacon, etc. I wanted to retain the simplicity of grilled cheese, and did so by avoiding the use of those items (at least this time).


  • Sourdough bread, sliced, from Breadsmith
  • Vermont cheddar cheese
  • Wilmot Farms cheddar cheese
  • Monterey jack cheese
  • Butter, salted


  1. Grate the cheese. You don’t need too much.
  2. Take two slices of sourdough bread. Butter one side of each. Spread it all the way to the edges.
  3. Place one slice of bread on a griddle or pan, buttered-side down.
  4. Put enough grated cheese on it to cover well.
  5. Place second bread slice, butter-side up, on top.
  6. Flip after one minute. Continue flipping until cheese is melted AND both sides are golden brown.
  7. Remove from pan and slice in half. Serve hot.

What can I eat with a grilled cheese?

Don’t eat ALL of these with grilled cheese at the same time. Pick one or two.

  • Tomato soup (creamy or otherwise)
  • Potato chips
  • Pickle spears
  • Potato or butternut squash fries

How long does this take to make?

A few minutes to prep, a few minutes to cook.

Should I experiment?

By all means, yes! An interesting variation is to use pepper jack cheese (spicy), thinly sliced tomato, and a dressing/vinaigrette of your choice. Go nuts and try anything which sounds good.

May I use something other than sourdough bread?

I wouldn’t. Well-made sourdough bread is almost unbeatable when paired with cheese and and whatever else you dream up.

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