Thursday, January 27, 2011

Old School Grilled Cheese Sandwich

I love to make fun grilled cheese sandwiches, with different kinds of cheeses, herbs, veggies anything really to make it interesting.

But sometimes I just want an Old School Grilled Cheese Sandwich. For me, that's white bread and white American cheese. Not that orange, processed, individually wrapped American cheese stuff.
Actual American Cheese... from the deli.

That's what I made tonight.


Grilled Cheese Sandwich
2 slices white bread
2 or 3 slices real American cheese
butter, room temperature

Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread. Place one slice of bread, buttered side down in a skillet over medium heat. Top with cheese slices. Cover with remaining slice of bread, buttered side up. Cook until golden and flip. When golden on both sides, remove from pan and enjoy!

Real cheese

Buttered white bread

One slice, buttered side down and topped with cheese

Cover with remaining slice of bread, buttered side up

Flip when desired level of golden goodness is reached

For me this could be right up until almost burned

When the other side is a golden match, you're done!

Now when I mention the Old School Grilled Cheese Sandwich, most people instantly want a bowl of tomato soup with it. I've never had tomato soup with my grilled cheese. My mom never made it. So tonight I called her to ask her why. She said, back then she really wasn't much of a soup fan. I can remember her making turkey & rice soup after a turkey dinner, but really no other soups from scratch. We did have a selection of Campbell's soups in the cabinet. Most chicken noodle or chicken and stars, that kinda thing.

So I never had tomato soup. It seems like something I would like. I love tomatoes, tomato sauces, ketchup, most anything you can do with tomatoes. But so far, I've never tried a tomato soup that I liked!! And I only started trying tomato soup as a tomato loving adult. So it really is disappointing that I haven't found one that I like.

The Old School Grilled Cheese Sandwiches of my youth were most likely served with chips... on a paper towel!

Anyway... I thought the Old School Grilled Cheese Sandwich was deserving of it's very own post!

So there you have it!!

Old School Grilled Cheese!!


Gabby@FoodChowDown said...

Who doesn't love old school grilled cheese sandwich. It reminds me of when my hs friend would take home extra grilled cheese sandwiches because she loved it so much. Goodluck finding a tomato soup you love. I know wholefoods makes a really good one :)

Patti T. said...

One of my husbands favorite sandwiches, but he always had and has tomato soup with it.

Danielle said...

you mean there's american cheese that isn't orange and processed?! LOL...shows you what I know!
What tomato soup recipes have you tried? Do you have a Corner Bakery out there? They make a really good tomato and basil soup (along with a yummy chicken and pesto panini).

Sara said...

I too never ate them with tomato soup until I went to Soup Plantation and they serve an amazing tomato soup (seasonal). I can totally imagine it with a really good grilled cheese. Since I'm on the hunt for both today, I'm sharing two recipes I found from These are highly rated though I haven't tried them yet. Maybe you'll get a chance and make something that might complement your sandwich =)
Search for Rich and Creamy Tomato Basil Soup and Basil Tomato Soup. Good luck! =)

StarryBugg said...

Mom always made our grilled cheese with mayo and cheese. I thought everyone did it that way until I got older and had them other places. "Where's the mayo?" I'd wonder and ask. Something about the mayo makes the cheese more creamy and yummy!

Alex Staff said...

Having a grilled cheese sandwich every breakfast, along with a mug of hot coffee, always makes a fun and exciting start to my day. And whenever I buy cheese for it, I go to a place that has a huge deli section, since I want try out different kinds of cheese for my sandwich.