Tuesday, June 06, 2006

How to Make a Grilled Cheese Sandwich

First thing that you got to do is get some good bread.
By that I mean bread that does not feel like marshmallow.
It should be nice and crusty.
It should have crunch.
You can bake your own.
You can buy it.
But it must be good bread.
You need to read the ingredients.
If you need a chemistry book to understand the label,
do not buy this loaf.
Do not use really old bread.
If it is green or blue
this is not what you want to eat.

Ok, next you need cheese.

Do not buy presliced cheese.
You can slice your own.
It is really easy.
Buy a hunk of cheese.
Unwrap it.
Put it on a cutting board.
Grab a knife.
Starting at the top of the hunk cut downward.
That is called slicing.
See how easy it is.

Do not buy orange cheese.
Cheese is not orange.
The color orange comes from the annato seed.
It is great in achiote paste for Mexican food.
It is great for coloring rice.
But cheese is not orange.
So do not buy it.
Not ever.
Please.

It is is good thing to buy cheeses
that have blue or green veins in them.
It is part of the aging process.
Some people do not like these cheeses.
They have strong flavors.
If you use a blue cheese you can sprinkle nutmeg on the cheese before you grill the sandwich.

There are lots of good cheeses to choose from.
Some people like to use a combination of several cheeses.
Not me.
I prefer to use one cheese.

Next take two slices of bread
and put them on a plate.
Lay the chosen cheese on top of one slice of bread.
Put the other slice of bread on top of the cheese.

Put a frying pan on the stove.
Turn the heat to high.
When you can throw water in the pan,
and it races across the pan, then the pan is ready to use.

Pour some olive oil in the pan.
I know you thought I was going to say to use butter.
But this is my recipe.
And I prefer olive oil.
Extra virgin.

Put the ungrilled sandwich in the pan.
It will cook very fast.
Before it burns, turn it over with a spatula.
You may need to add more olive oil to the pan.
The other side will cook quickly.

Now using your spatula,
put the grilled cheese sandwich on a plate.
I like to eat a few gherkin pickles with it.
You may wish to dip your grilled cheese sandwich
in ketchup, mustard or salsa.
Or even in tomato soup.

Your fingers will be oily when you are done eating.
If you are alone it is ok to lick them.
If you are dining with others
you might want to ask their permission
before you lick your fingers.
Your mom taught you good manners.
So remember them.
It is only right.

5 Comments:

Anonymous colleen said...

I find this very inspiring. Makes me want to write...and then eat.

10:58 PM, June 09, 2006  
Blogger Fred Garber said...

Colleen...thanks for the kind words. For me it is the other way around!

9:14 AM, June 10, 2006  
Blogger Patry Francis said...

Glad you emphasized the good bread.

9:06 PM, June 19, 2006  
Blogger Fred Garber said...

Patry....there is nothing like good bread...

9:25 AM, June 20, 2006  
Blogger Peter said...

I smother my cheese in mayo first. It is the only sandwich I use mayo for. I love grilled cheese dipped in tomato soup.

Your recipe employs all of the five senses very well. I guess cooking can be like eating that way.

I never thought how much color was involved in making a grilled cheese. I'll try to keep the green and the blue in the right place.

1:35 AM, July 19, 2006  

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