Galganov's Easy Recipe for GREAT,
Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwiches!

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To make this grilled (or "toasted") cheese sandwich recipe you will need:
  • a pan
  • a knife and cutting board
  • a spatula

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  The required ingredients for this grilled cheese sandwich recipe are:
  • 2 slices bread
  • 1 slice cheese - sliced to no more than (about) 1/8 inch (4 mm)
  • if your cheese is too thick it will not melt properly (lowering temperature and extending cooking time may compensate for thicker sliced cheese). Experiment and learn. It's only a cheese sandwich!
  • butter or margarine


  1. grilled cheese ingredientsHeat pan to medium/medium-low.
  2. Butter both pieces of bread.
  3. Place the first slice of bread in the pan - buttered side down.
  4. Stack the cheese on the first slice of bread and place the second slice on top - buttered side up.
  5. Butter/margarine goes on the outside of this sandwich.
  6. pressing grilled cheese sandwichFry the sandwich until the bread turns golden.
  7. Flip the sandwich and fry the other side, squeezing the sandwich in the pan to flatten it slightly, until the other side is golden.
Tips & Tricks:

Grilled cheese sandwich tips and cooking options: While they are usually fried in a pan or on a griddle, Grilled cheese sandwiches can be cooked in a pan, on a griddle, on a grill/barbecue or on a sandwich/panini press.
We found a cast iron press for a grill which, coincidentally, fits our favourite pan perfectly, however, it would work equally well on any larger pan, grill or griddle.

Grilled cheese sandwich variations:

  • To add a fresh taste to your grilled cheese sandwich, try adding a slice of tomato (up to, about, 1/8 inch [3.5 mm] thick). Stack it, first piece of bread (buttered side down), the slice of tomato, the cheese and then the last piece of bread buttered side up.
  • Grilled cheese sandwiches don't have to be made with cheddar (wonderful though it is). Mild (or medium) gouda makes a wonderful grilled cheese sandwich as does a Swiss Ementhal or any of your other favourite, firm cheeses.
  • Deli rye is excellent for grilled cheese sandwiches too ... or try a fresh, home made french bread.
  • Avoid very dark, hard, European style black breads as they will not fry properly.
  • Thicker sliced breads or cheese may require some temperature/time adjustments as well.
  • Some people like soft-ripened cheeses such as brie or camambert. We find soft-ripened cheeses too runny for sandwiches. If experimenting with soft-ripened cheeses, handle these sandwiches very carefully lest the hot cheese run and burn your hands.
  • Aged, grainy or dry cheeses such as very old cheddars and Swiss emmental may not melt properly for grilled cheese sandwiches.

The Background Story
Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Also known as a Toasted Cheese Sandwich, the grilled cheese has always been, for us, standard diner fare. Almost any lunch counter or small diner would make great grilled cheese (squashed on a hot griddle) ... and almost always with processed cheddar cheese food slices - a food product made with real cheddar cheese. This processed cheese food product, while it melts nicely and doesn't fall apart or "separate" in the process, also contains extra salts (and other things) so we opt for real cheese.

Our Basic White Bread Recipe @ is pefect for this Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich!

Still, this diner/lunch counter sandwich, usually served with potato chips (crisps, for our English friends) and, often, a dill pickle was always an inexpensive, tasty treat.

Making it at home is easy and this little treat lends itself to a variety of flavour options.