You can’t talk about sandwiches and not include some version of a grilled cheese sandwich. I used a sandwich press and a grill pan. Giving mine the char grilled hash-marks of a good panini. But whether you want to call this sandwich a panini or a grilled cheese doesn’t matter. Because, in many ways this simple combination of flavors is everything I require in hand-held perfection.
There are very few things in life you can count on quite like a grilled cheese sandwich. As the Saveur sandwich issue states, “Plans falter and empires collapse, the no-fail recipe fails. But you can pretty much take it on faith: Grilled cheese will not disappoint.”
Well my version of grilled cheese is the perfect example of a sandwich that does not disappoint. I was very careful in choosing the ingredients for this sandwich because I really wanted it to be simple but satisfying. But it got me thinking. Why is it people love grilled cheese so much? Well, for starters it may have been one of the first foods you ever learned to make. Once mastered, if you are at all like me you may have experimented with its components. New cheeses and new partners. I pretty quickly learned to look beyond the Velveeta and try other cheeses. Swiss, mozzarella, gruyere– even brie, they all make great grilled cheese.