You can’t expect to be amazing by doing the ordinary right? Well, my logic says the same goes for Grilled Cheese!
Being lactose intolerant I never ever ate grilled cheese but I get the obsession with it, especially when you get creative with the idea of grilled cheese.
So here’s my take! (Which my husband lost his mind over and I had to make it 3 days in a row!!
- Loaf of Italian bread – store brand is great – you can use what you need and put the rest in a baggy in the fridge for a few days.
- Cheese! Duhh.. What made mine different though – I used Chipotle Jack Cheese and Monterey Cheddar
- Toppings – totally optional – my husband loves banana peppers and the flavor went extremely well with the cheeses I picked. Pepperoni is another good option, or tomatoes, etc.
- Butter – lots of it! This is not a diet-friendly dish my friends. Sorry 🙂
- Griddle (or pan is fine too!)
And here’s a step by step:
- Preheat your griddle to 375
- Slice 2 pieces of the loaf – a little less than an inch thick.
- Lightly butter the inside of both pieces of bread
- Thickly cut the cheese, layer one of top of the other – equal parts.
- Add other toppings in the middle of the cheese
- Place other slice of bread on top, butter up the griddle real well and plop that sucker on there!
- The key now is pressure – this is no dinky sandwich you’re about to produce.. This is a real “you deserve this” thick- ass grilled cheese of perfection – you’re going to need to use those baby biceps of yours and equally apply pressure (with a spatula) to the top of the sandwich.
- Flip after about 5 minutes, apply pressure again on and off for the 5 minutes, flip for another 3 minutes on each side. (Now because all griddles are different, this timing may not be best for you – so aim for a really nice golden brown coloring on both sides and the cheese to start oozing out. When it seems to have a good crunch to the outside of the bread, you’re in business!)
- Make sure to add a little extra butter when you flip and to the tops on each side.
- When you see the ooze, you’re good to go!