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Grill it, or Toast it? 
Dec. 20, 2011 11:15 pm 
Updated: Dec. 22, 2011 11:21 am
What it all boils down to, is which side of the Atlantic Ocean are you...  To most of us, it's simple... a "grilled cheese" is a given, eaten in most households at some time or another - great with a bowl of cream of tomato soup, btw!

So, here in the US, one makes a grilled cheese sandwich by frying buttered bread containing a healthy amount of cheese, in a skillet.  Now personally, I butter the bread, but I've recently learned that some simply butter the pan.  Either method results in a hot sandwich of delectable melty cheese, with a "toasted" outside.

Now, if I use the term "toasted cheese," I'm really not sure just what one would think...  I simply call it cheesy bread!  My personal choice is a thick slice of crusty bread topped with extra sharp cheddar, and placed under the broiler until the cheese melts...  Omg... I just had a slice, but now I'm getting hungery for another!

So, from here, we cross the ocean, and spend time in the kitchen of a British cook...  First, you must realize that when we here in the US "broil," the British "grill."  When asked for a "toasted cheese" sandwich, the British cook would pull out a skillet and put it on the flame to preheat... the two slices of bread encasing cheese, and fried each side... while "grilled cheese" is a single slice of bread topped with cheese, and placed under the "grill" until melty and bubbly.  This may also be served with "brown sauce" which in my mind translates into steak sauce... UMMMM...  Mom's favorite brown sauce is "HP" which can be found here in the US, but not too commonly.

I'm not quite sure what the issue is, but tonight I used a slice of sandwich bread rather than crusty... it's ok, but not the same!  Not even with the "brown sauce" on it!

So, whether you toast it or grill it, it's bound to be good, as long as you make it to suit your own taste!  Don't forget the tomato soup, if you're so inclined!  Sounds like a wonderful "comfort food" lunch to me, not only when we're experiencing inclement weather!

Didn't get too "hot" today, low 60s but I was still tempted to put the top down on the car coming home from the doctor!  Nice and sunny - FINALLY... 

Next post, I'll be back to describing the antics of a CrazyCook, I imagine...  Baked two loaves of banana bread "when I had a minute" today!  More goodies for friends and neighbors... also think I'll run some yummies up to my dr's office this week!  Perhaps a loaf of today's bread? 

Meantime, be healthy, be happy, be crazy, and HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all!
Dec. 21, 2011 5:21 am
Toasted ,roasted, grilled. Just baked some bread last night and believe that a grilled cheeser with a bit of fresh tomato on the inside will be breakfast when done sleeping. It's melted gooey cheese and toasted bread no matter how or where you assemble it! Must get back to sleep so I can dream of breakfast. Perhaps I'll have a Christmas cookie and some coffee as a side.
Dec. 21, 2011 5:25 am
Hmmmm... two thin slices of banana bread buttered on the outside in the skillet with cheddar melting in the middle as the bread gets sweetly toasted...
Dec. 21, 2011 6:17 am
I love cheese and bread!
Dec. 21, 2011 9:20 am told mayo works well in place of butter on a grilled cheese sandwich. Makes for a crispier sandwich. "When I have a minute" I'll go make one.
Dec. 21, 2011 10:47 am
I love grilled cheese! Have you tried sourdough bread with mozzarella... dip in egg mixture of egg and milk... Then fry in pan of butter and olive oil mixture! Talk about good stuff... mouth watering at the moment!
Dec. 21, 2011 10:48 am
Bd.... tooo funny... you know Stevie doesn't have a minute! lol!
Dec. 21, 2011 11:20 am
I always make my grilled cheese on sourdough. Terry's idea sounds good.
Dec. 21, 2011 2:17 pm
I am a rye bread affectionado - with seeds, of coursel, and Jarlsberg for the cheese. Heaven!
Dec. 21, 2011 5:12 pm
"Toasted Cheese" here in central PA... (and I only like them w/cheap white bread, white American cheese, and yellow mustard)...
Dec. 21, 2011 6:36 pm
Now you've done it, my head is spinning. And with all the loose stuff rattling around in there, spinning is the last thing it needs. All this time I thought it was a given. The entire cheese-eating world knows grilled is fried, unless it's outside, in which case grilled is grilled and it's meat. You just had to come along and confuse me, Stevie? Was that your task for today? Check it off the list, mission accomplished! LOL Please, get back in the Crazy Kitchen where the things you write make sense to me! Please?
Dec. 22, 2011 11:21 am
Soooo many suggestions! They all sound great! Thanks! Also got a chuckle, but guess I owe lucy an apology.... Rest assured all, I'm spending a "crazykitchen" day today, and will have ALL sorts of babble later... right now I'm taking a MUCH NEEDED MINUTE to eat some lunch! (and rest my feet!) Be well all, and thanks for all of the comments!
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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