The Great American Grilled Cheese Experiment
In celebration of April being National Grilled Cheese Month, Patch wants to know what ingredients you add to take this sandwich to the next level.
The grilled cheese sandwich: It is the quintessential cuisine in the average American’s kitchen. It’s inexpensive and easy to make. Just slap some cheese between two slices of bread, fry it in a pan with a little butter and voila, the delicious, cheesy goodness is all yours.
The grilled cheese is absolutely wonderful in all its simplistic glory, but the traditional sandwich also offers seemingly limitless opportunities for innovation. Some folks like to add bacon or tomato, while others take it in a whole new direction and throw Ramen noodles on it. Yeah, Ramen noodles.
So what exactly are you putting on your grilled cheese these days? We want to know, so please tell us in the comments below. In the meantime, for your culinary enjoyment, we serve up a list of your local Patch editors’ favorite spin on the grilled cheese. Buon Appetito!
- Amanda Gillooly, Canon-McMillan Patch: "I like my grilled cheese with provolone, turkey and tomato. I'll pass on the tomato soup though. I'll pair it with a bowl of minestrone any day."
- Stephanie Rex, Forest-Hills-Regent Square Patch: "Grilled cheese with Velveeta!"
- Erin Faulk, Dormont-Brookline Patch: "Mmmm...Grilled cheese sandwich = cheddar and Monterrey Jack cheese with tomato on the sandwich. Add a bowl of tomato soup for perfection."
- Heidi Dezayas, Plum-Oakmont Patch: "My favorite grilled cheese is a pretty simple ham and cheese. I butter the outsides of light wheat bread, and put honey ham and cheddar cheese inside. The sweetness of the ham and bitter/saltiness of the cheese is simply delicious. You can't go wrong!"
- Andrea Bosco, Peters Patch: "I'm a fan of using Gruyère cheese on Brownberry's 12-grain bread, and Kerrygold Butter is a must! No additional ingredients are necessary. Mmm. Simply divine."
- Becky Brindle, Upper St. Clair Patch: "The secret ingredient to an excellent grilled cheese is cheese curds! They make the sandwich extra gooey. What are these cheese curds you ask? Trust this cheesehead when I say they are amazing. They are little nuggets of fresh, mild cheddar cheese. The squeakier they are when you bite them, the fresher (and better) they are. I haven't been able to find them Pittsburgh grocery stores, but the best ones can be ordered from Simon's Specialty Cheese."
So, what's on your sammich?
Editor's Note: A version of this story first appeared on Foxpoint Patch.