The Hungry Stag: Grilled Cheese Redux

Hankering for some toasty tastiness between meals? Or, are you just looking for something exciting to do instead of studying for finals? With some stuff from the dining hall and the iron sitting in your neighbor’s closet, you could make yourself a grilled cheese sandwich in 15 minutes.  Your roommate will be impressed with your late night pressing skills, and when he tells his mom about it, she will be too.  The idea has been floating around the internet for ages; I had to try it.  I made it for the first time on my desk late one night with some black pepper I had on hand.  The result was gooey and delicious.  The optional ingredients may sound like a pain to find, but you can find them with the pizza condiments or deli in any dining hall.  They're worth the extra effort; in my opinion, they make the sandwich.

Equipment:

Iron

Aluminum foil, enough to easily fit two slices of bread side by side

Knife

Ingredients:

2 slices of bread, I like sourdough

Cheese, I like cheddar

[optional] Herbs and spices: black pepper, chili flakes, oregano, thyme, rosemary

[optional] Dijon mustard

Here goes:

1. Preheat your iron.  Make sure it’s not set to steam.  No one likes soggy toast.

2. Spread the aluminum foil on your desk.  Place the slices of bread in the center of the foil side by side.

3. Slice the cheese into thin strips, about 2-3 ID cards wide.  Cut enough to layer about 5 ID cards worth onto one of your bread slices.

4. Layer the sliced cheese onto one of the slices of bread.  If you’d like, sprinkle with the herbs and spices of your choice.  Cover with the other slice of bread.

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5. Fold the aluminum foil over the top of your melt to-be.

6. Briefly iron your aluminum-covered sandwich like you would a shirt.  When the aluminum foil is pressed onto your bread, leave the iron on top of the sandwich for three minutes.

7.  Flip your sandwich over, careful not to let the cheese fall out in the process, and repeat step 6 on the un-ironed side.

8. Flip the sandwich over, replace the iron and cook another 3 minutes.

9. Flip again and cook another 3 minutes.

 

10. Peel back the foil to reveal your cheesy goodness.  If you care to, dip its corners in some Dijon mustard for a spicy kick.  Enjoy!

 

Riffs on the recipe?  Ideas?  Requests?  Comment and I'll get back to you.