Fresh seasonal vegetables are not devastating by any stretch of the imagination. However, when standing back and looking at the concept of a grilled cheese sandwich, one must remember that simplicity is what gives the sandwich integrity. I am personally guilty of forgetting this, which is why I am bringing it to light. I tend to smother a perfectly good grilled cheese sandwich in dark leafy greens, perhaps some avocado slices, and if tomatoes are in season, then that pure and innocent grilled cheese sandwich gets a lashing of sweet and juicy ripe tomatoes, covered in any type of pepper I have on hand which surely steals the limelight if not its title. So, to preserve the sanctity of grilled cheese sandwiches everywhere, I believe that less is more and this is my example.
I have had a great many grilled cheese sandwiches, considering it was one of the first things I learned to cook as a kid and this is my favorite. Soft and tangy marble rye toasted to perfection in mildly browned butter with a light coating of melted aged swiss sandwiched between the two toasted bread slices. It is not overtly gooey or overly smothered and complicated. It is just what a grilled cheese sandwich should be: toasty, tangy, rich, delicious and comforting. And while I realize that “National Grilled Cheese Month” was last month, I truly believe that this classic beauty is worth the wait.
A Simple Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- 2 slices of marble rye bread
- 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
- 2 -3 slices ultra finely sliced swiss or American cheese
equipment: A heavy bottomed shallow pan that fits two slices of bread fairly snuggly.
Place a heavy bottomed pan over medium heat. Drop butter into pan and swirl or brush the butter to coat the pan evenly as the butter sizzles. Drop both pieces of bread onto sizzling melted butter. Top each slice of bread with a piece of cheese. Cook until butter is browned, bread is golden and cheese is melted which will all happen simultaneously over two minutes. Combine the two cheesy sides together to create a simple grilled cheese sandwich. Enjoy.
Serve with soup or salad for a complete meal.