Classic Grilled Cheese and Tomato

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Classic Grilled Cheese and Tomato
Classic Grilled Cheese Recipe
Arthur Bovino

Classic Grilled Cheese Recipe

An amazing grilled cheese sandwich is simple, and yet in that simplicity, so rife with potential disaster. There are few things as sacrilegious as a failed grilled cheese sandwich. There’s nothing worse than biting into a grilled cheese sandwich and finding that the bread isn’t properly caramelized and crunchy and that, for the love of all things cheesy, the cheese isn’t melted all the way through. Are you kidding? Seriously?

To avoid failure and to achieve grilled cheese perfection you have only to keep five things in mind: a sufficiently but not overly grilled exterior, correct cheese-to-bread type, correct cheese-to-bread ratio, use of butter, and cheese that is melted all the way through. For more tips, check out this primer on How to Make the Ultimate Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

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1
Servings
847
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup butter
  • 2 slices white bread
  • 4 slices American cheese, preferably white
  • 1-2 slices tomato, depending on size

Directions

In a small pan, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter. Brush evenly on the exterior of each slice of bread. Bring the cheese to room temperature, or better yet, par-melt 2 slices of cheese in the microwave for 10-15 seconds on a piece of plastic wrap and then turn over onto the non-buttered side of the bread. Repeat.

Get a pan set up over medium-high heat. Depending on the size of your tomato use 1 or 2 slices.  Just make sure there’s even tomato distribution in each bite. Combine the halves.

Add the remaining butter to the pan and make sure the bottom is coated evenly. Put the sandwich in the pan and cover. Cook until the surface of the bread is golden, dark, and creates a crisp, solid exterior that won’t bend, about 1 minute. Flip, cover, leave for 1 minute and retrieve. Let sit for 20 seconds, slice. Eat.

Grilled Cheese Shopping Tip

If a piece of cheese smells strongly of ammonia, don't buy it. This is typically a sign of spoilage.

Grilled Cheese Cooking Tip

Allow cheese to come to room temperature before serving. This will accentuate the flavors and aromas.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
69g
100%
Sugar
5g
N/A
Saturated Fat
43g
100%
Cholesterol
176mg
59%
Protein
24g
47%
Carbs
37g
12%
Vitamin A
405µg
45%
Vitamin B12
1µg
20%
Vitamin B6
0.2mg
10.8%
Vitamin C
6mg
9%
Vitamin D
0.9µg
0.2%
Vitamin E
2mg
8%
Vitamin K
10µg
13%
Calcium
512mg
51%
Fiber
3g
11%
Folate (food)
50µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
69µg
17%
Folic acid
12µg
N/A
Iron
3mg
16%
Magnesium
57mg
14%
Monounsaturated
18g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
4mg
18%
Phosphorus
446mg
64%
Polyunsaturated
3g
N/A
Potassium
517mg
15%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.5mg
32.3%
Sodium
1114mg
46%
Thiamin (B1)
0.3mg
18.9%
Trans
2g
N/A
Zinc
3mg
22%

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