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The Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Although almost everyone seems to have their own version of the "best" grilled cheese sandwich, this one defines grilled cheese as it was meant to be. The crunchy texture of the bread and the perfectly melted cheese ensure that. To create the perfect sandwich, be sure to press it firmly after you've turned it. This compresses and crisps the bread and makes the cheese-bread ratio just right.
8 1/4-inch slices sourdough
2 tablespoons butter, softened
6 ounces cheddar cheese, coarsely grated
To assemble: Butter one side of each of the bread slices. Place 4 slices of bread, buttered side down, on your work surface. Distribute the cheese over the bread slices. Place remaining bread, buttered side up, on top of the cheese.
For stovetop method: Heat a large nonstick pan over a medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Put the sandwiches into the pan, cover, and cook for 2 minutes. Remove the cover and turn the sandwiches, pressing each one firmly with a spatula to flatten slightly. Cook for 1 minute or until underside is golden brown. Turn the sandwiches once more, press with the spatula again, cook for 30 seconds, and remove from the pan. Cut in half and serve immediately.
For sandwich maker method: Preheat the sandwich maker. Assemble as directed above. Cook according to the manufacturer's instructions.
For outdoor grill method: Brush the grill rack with oil and preheat to medium-high. Follow directions for stovetop method.