FUN FACTS:

  • The grilled cheese sandwich became popular in the 1920s, after the invention of processed cheese (Kraft slices) and sliced bread. It was inexpensive and easy to make.
  • This sandwich is very versatile because you can change it up in so many ways: (a) try it with different breads, such as white, whole wheat, sourdough, rye …, (2) try a different cheese, such as Cheddar, Swiss, Brie, … There are so many possibilities!
  • Do you like to ADD to your grilled cheese sandwich? Most popular add-ons are bacon, ham and tomato. But how about some sauteed vegetables?
  • Number of calories in a typical grilled cheese sandwich: about 291 calories.
  • How much would you pay for a sandwich? In 2004, a grilled cheese sandwich, which supposedly had a grill pattern on it in the image of the Virgin Mary, was posted on eBay and purchased for $28,000! What??
  • According to RecordSetter, Takeru Kobayashi set a record for eating 13 grilled cheese sandwiches in one (1) minute (Austin, Texas, March 11, 2012).

And now … Chef Shai has a very “gouda” recipe to share!! Try this gooey, delicious sandwich today 🙂

Grilled Cheese

Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 150g old white cheddar sliced thinly
  • 4 Slices of sourdough bread
  • 30g unsalted butter  

Directions:

  1. For each sandwich, generously spread 2 pieces of bread with butter and lay on your cheese slices. Top with the other slice of bread and spread the outsides with a good amount of butter.
  2. Heat some butter in a large frying pan over medium heat.
  3. Place sandwiches carefully in the butter and fry until crisp and golden brown. Flip and continue frying until second side is crisp and golden brown and cheese is fully melted.
  4. Remove sandwiches from frying pan and slice in half. Enjoy immediately.