Tuesday, August 17, 2010

How to make the perfect grilled cheese

Posted By on Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Everybody has their own system for grilled cheese.
  • Everybody has their own system for grilled cheese.

Grilled cheeses are like the grills on which they are made. Once I'm in front of one, I don't want anybody giving me advice, even if what I'm doing is decidedly wrong. But before I start my grill prep, I'm willing to listen to reason. And there's no shortage of people ready to offer advice -- consider this post on Cheese Sandwich Chronicles.  

CNN says it has uncovered the secret to the ultimate grilled cheese. The network asked cookbook author Laura Werlin -- she's written four books on cheese, including Great Grilled Cheese -- to share the best method. Here's a hint: All you need to know is in the word great.
 

Werlin says the key to a great grilled cheese is to grate the cheese, butter the bread (not the pan) and use a nonstick pan.

"When you grate the cheese, you are in effect pre-melting it. The whole key is to get that cheese melted before your bread burns," Werlin tells CNN.

She also suggests topping the sandwich with pickles, caramelized onions, or a fried egg. This is not a new theory. In 2009, she laid out the same three steps -- grating, buttering, nonstick pan -- when she told Chow the right way to make a grilled cheese.

I'd add one more step: Use a pan or pan top to press the sandwich onto the skillet in order it to brown it evenly. I'm so confident in my ability to make a perfect grilled cheese, I'm strongly considering entering next year's Grilled Cheese Invitational.

How about it, Fat City readers -- what's the secret to a great grilled cheese?

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