How to Make a Better Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Thursday, January 19, 2012


I'm hooked on Ruth Reichl new column! Each week she shares tricks and tips on how to make our favourite meals even more irresistible. Pretty cool, isn't it? And guess what, the other week she wrote about her take on the warm, gooey and perfect-for-lazy-evenings: grilled cheese sandwich. Bingo! So, here are Ruth's three little tricks that tickled my fancy immediately and hopefully will make us all enjoy our chees-y goodness even more:

*Always use butter (spreading it inside and outside of the bread) but never margarine.
*Spread grated (good quality) cheese rather than sliced for quicker and more even melting.
*And my favourite one: add a gentle swipe of mustard (or horseradish) to the inside of the bread for that extra layer of flavour.

Mmm...everything tastes so much better with mustard, especially Dijon, doesn't it? Lovelies, do you have a secret ingredient that you add to your grilled cheese sandwich? Do share...xo

P.S: How funny that tiny little changes can make such a big difference in taste.
P.P.S: Also, here are three other sandwiches I love, including the funny (and a bit gross) tricky one.

(Photos by Honest Fare, Closet Cooking & Whitney Chen)

29 comments:

marissa at the boot said...

i love dijon on my grilled cheese! i need to make this, asap! (today for lunch, basically.) i love ruth! have you read her memoirs? they are all so good!

Anonymous said...

Diana, this is great. We eat grilled cheese sandwiches at least twice each week and I can not wait to try it this way. Cheers, Grace

SNIKKERBUO said...

I always use mustard. My favourite is Norwegian grained sweet mustard ;) Mmmm! I got hungry now! A slice of ham is also good along with the mustard and cheese :)

Hope your day is great!
Love Helene

little t said...

Is there anything better in this life?

Diana Mieczan said...

Ohh, Marissa I haven't but after your comment I simply must:) Thanks! I can't wait as I also adore her.

Diana Mieczan said...

Glad you like it, Grace and Helene, your Norwegian grained sweet mustard sounds scrumptious:) Wish I could taste it right now. Yum!

Sage Crown Parker said...

i'm drooling!!!

Mal said...

I read this article too, I need to try all the suggestions, I love a grilled cheese!

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Chapstick Fanatic said...

this looks delicious! i love the combo of cheddar and tomato.

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Kristin H said...

Not hard to get hooked on. NAM!!!

Cara said...

umm YUM!

hi-d said...

Oh this sounds divine! We have been enjoying grilled cheese sandwiches lately. I'm going to have to try these tips. TOTALLY makes sense to use grated cheese. That's always one of my biggest frustrations with sliced cheese. It takes forever to melt and sometimes isn't fully melted. And the mustard idea? BRILLIANT! I can't wait to try this.

Thanks, Diana. Have a lovely day!
Heidi

Mary Beth Heishman said...

Best grilled cheese sandwich at the Sacred Wheel in Oakland, CA. My husband makes these gruyere cheese sandwiches follows all above rules except the shredded part. Will have to share that tip! Xo

Mary Beth Heishman said...

We copied sacred wheels gruyere cheese sandwiches! Best I the west.

Diana Mieczan said...

Awesome, Mal and Morgan, cheddar and tomato = LOVE!

Diana Mieczan said...

Totally true, Kristin and little t, exactly:)

TheChambrayCountess said...

I really want a grilled cheese right now! I love adding fruit and sometimes bacon. My fav combo is brie + pear slices + a little Dijon mustard. Try it!

Annie said...

Guess what I wish I had for lunch today... :) great tips - Thanks Diana!! xo

Stephanie said...

Ooh, I always do butter on the outside of the bread, but I've never used it on the inside. I'll have to try that next time.

My personal favorite for grilled cheese is provolone with tomato slices and fresh basil. It's pretty much the most delicious thing ever.

TheBeautyFile said...

This sounds and looks AMAZING!! Wow. Now I need to make this for lunch!

shopgirl said...

great idea about putting the mustard on it for some zing!

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Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

i love grilled cheese with tomatoes in the middle - YUM YUM YUM!

Krissy :: Miss B and Hustle said...

YUMMMMMM.

Amber said...

mmm mustard would taste great. I am gonna try that out.

SJ said...

i am drooling looking at those photos. i would LOVE a toastie right now :)

LyddieGal said...

mmmm my mouth is watering!

I love my grilled cheese with fresh tomatoes!

Chic on the Cheap

Marisa Seguin said...

Mmm grilled cheese sandwiches are my favourite food! I like to spread a bit of apricot preserve on with some nice sharp cheddar.

Diana Mieczan said...

Marisa, your take on it sounds super delicious too. Yum!

Diana Mieczan said...

TheChambrayCountess, wow what a fantastic flavour combination:) Totally going to try it. Thanks

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