The Art of the Grilled Cheese Sandwich

grilled cheese, E-Mealz, cooking, how toThe first simple recipe that I had to master as a young mom was the art of the grilled cheese sandwich. It may seem easy to some, but I struggled to get that delicious and perfectly tasty sandwich.   My mother-in-law had been making grilled cheese sandwiches for over 35 years before I met her and thank goodness for that!  She shared with me her art of making this simple yet tricky treat.  I hope what she shared with me will help you in mastering one of America’s favorite foods.  Enjoy!

Grilled Cheese Sandwich


Favorite Bread

American or Cheddar Cheese


1. Heat skillet over medium low heat and add butter to coat the bottom.

2. Assemble the sandwich and place in the skillet, pressing down on top with a spatula. Let it cook for 3-4 minutes.

3. Remove the sandwich, add butter again, (this is a big key to the success of the sandwich) flip the sandwich and return to the pan, pressing down again. Let it cook another 3-4 minutes.

Additional tips:

You do not need high heat to cook with butter because it burns at a low heat unlike oils.

One of the most important steps in the recipe is to make sure you add butter again before flipping the sandwich over.

Give your sandwich a firm press with your spatula.

Cooking times are never exact so make sure you are watching the underneath for that crispy golden brown bread as the cheese melts.


2 thoughts on “The Art of the Grilled Cheese Sandwich

  1. Ruth

    My grandmother always buttered both the inside and the outside of the bread. When she took the sandwich out of the skillet, she always cut it in four pieces. I do the same for my grandchildren.

    Good memories!

  2. Ronalee

    It’s funny how this sandwich varies, depending on how you were raised. We always assembled the sandwich, buttered one side of the bread and let it cook while buttering the other side. Then we’d flip it back and forth until the cheese melted.

    I’ve also heard that some people do this with mayonnaise on the bread instead of butter.

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