This week on Cook Smart, the ever-informative Alton Brown tackles the problem with grilled cheese sandwiches, which, according to Alton, is that they’re not living up to their name.
“For me, these words represent disappointment, dishonesty, and disillusionment,” says Alton. “That’s because whenever and wherever people say they’re gonna make you a ‘grilled cheese sandwich,’ what they really mean is they’re gonna make you a griddled sandwich containing some melted cheese.”
Which is wrong, of course.
“When I say ‘grilled cheese sandwich,’ I mean a grilled sandwich, containing grilled cheese,” Alton clarifies.
Thus begins this week’s cooking tutorial from Alton Brown. It’s the perfect low-key start to the outdoor grilling season, and gives you a chance to get reacquainted with your grill. Alton uses a charcoal grill, by the way.
You’ll need Gruyere and extra sharp cheddar cheese, a hearty loaf of bread, and a few spices (mustard, smoked paprika, and ground black pepper).
As always, written directions are provided on Alton’s website.
Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.