I have cooked with my dad for while and want to pass some skills off to my husband. I thought a great place to start is with making a grilled cheese. We have been together for almost 5 years now, and he's just starting to get it. - I'm not sure if that is due to his cooking skills or my teaching skills :)
Though it may appear simple, making a great grilled cheese does take some time and thought. Now, even though I said I cooked a lot with my dad, it was my mom who taught me how to make this one!
Tips on making a grilled ham and cheese sandwich (croque-monsieur)
- Get a "nice" frying pan (this means one that cooks evenly) with a matching lid.
- Don't use too much butter; your sandwich will become too greasy.
- Use sliced cheese for a standard sandwich, or use a spread for a delicious messy sandwich.
- I prefer to only use about 2-3 slices of thin ham so not to take away from gooey mess of the cheese.
- Watch your heat closely and only keep the lid on the pan when cooking the first side of the sandwich. Remove the lid while you cook the second side.
- Start learning with a basic white bread and sliced cheese grilled sandwich before working your way up to those fancy grilled sandwiches.
A recent sandwich - nothing fancy, but it does the trick!
Pet Peeve Alert:
I very much dislike going to a restaurant and seeing that they want to charge $9 for a grilled cheese sandwich. They like to include thick pieces of bread, thick cuts of meet, lettuce, tomato, blah blah blah. If I wanted a club sandwich I would have ordered one, but I wanted two slices of Wonder bread wrapped around two slices of american cheese. Thank You.