Kids in kitchen: Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Is there anyone who doesn’t like a grilled cheese sandwich?
Our kids in the kitchen series starts off with an almost universal favorite, the grilled cheese sandwich. I learned how to make this when I was what was then called a latch-key kid. My brother and I spent most of the day alone at home during summer, so if we wanted to eat, we had to make it ourselves. It’s very easy to do to make a grilled cheese sandwich, but it takes practice to get it perfect. Just follow the step-by-step instructions and you’ll get it down quick as anything!
What you need:
butter side down on hot skillet.
2 slices of bread, any type will do, rye, wheat, white, gluten free or cinnamon*.
1-2 slices of cheese of your choice, American is typically used but a fine sandwich can be made with cheddar, mozzarella, or Monteray jack.
Cast iron skillet, spatula, butter knife, potholder (so you don’t get hurt when touching the handle of the skillet)
Add whatever you want to make a grilled cheese sandwich all your own.
1. 1. Place skillet on stove-top and turn on burner to med-high.
2. 2. With a butter knife, spread a light coating of butter on one side of the bread.
3. 3. When the skillet is hot place the bread buttered side down.
4. 4. Place the cheese slices on top.
5. 5. Butter the other slice of bread and place it on top of cheese, butter side up.
6. 6. With spatula slip under the corner of the sandwich. If it looks golden brown, it’s time to flip it over.
7. 7. Very carefully slip the spatula under the whole sandwich and in a quick motion, flip it onto the opposite side.
8. 8. Cook until done, about 30 seconds.
9. 9. Slip the spatula under sandwich and transfer it to a plate.
10. 10. Turn off stove and leave the pan to cool while you eat your sandwich.
The whole thing should take ten minutes once you get the hang of it, but it does take practice. After you get really good at making a grilled cheese sandwich, you can add things like slices of tomato, cucumber, ham, salami, bologna, roast beef or anything that suits your fancy.Next time we’ll tackle something else for the kids in the kitchen series and if you have any suggestions, let me know.
*Hey, don’t laugh. It was really good! Cinnamon bread was all I had in the house at the time, and one thing a frugal person has to remember is to use what you have.
Photo credit: Glory Lennon
Glory Lennon when she’s not teaching kids vital survival skills, can be found being entertaining, funny, silly and/or frugal at Bubblews http://www.bubblews.com/account/38335-glorygarden, sometimes simultaneously!