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
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!