I used to babysit a whole gaggle of kids and slow cooking sandwiches on the stove top just wasnt practical! This is a nice oven baked alternative. If you are really in a hurry, use the broiler! (For a full lunch, I would add two slices of turkey or ham to each sandwich)
- Butter each side of the bread slices with 1 t butter or margarine, and place on a baking sheet.
- Place cheese on each slice of bread.
- Top with remaining bread.
- Bake in preheated oven for 6 to 8 minutes at 450.
- Flip the sandwiches, and bake an additional 6 to 8 minutes, or until golden brown.
Fantastic, shocking how a different cooking technique changed the texture and flavor of the sandwich. Crunchy out side/soft cheesey inside. For my DS's I went with american, and I always use 2 slices of cheese per sandwich, also added julienned sliced deli ham(by cutting the ham in strips I don't have to worry that they will take a bite and have a whole slice of ham slide out of the hot cheese and scald their chins-has happened too many times before). For my DH and I used 1 slice of american, julienned ham and a slice of Jarlsberg. Yummy. Served pickled green tomatoes and red tomatoes w/s&p on the side.
You can make them this way for just one sandwich too (I use the toaster oven). Sometimes I don't use the butter at all. My mom always made them this way for me when I was a kid. When I ordered a grilled cheese in the high school cafeteria and commented to everyone at my table that this wasn't how grilled cheese is supposed to be, they all looked at me like I was crazy! I had no idea grilled cheese was supposed to be fried and greasy! I guess technically this is really toasted cheese, but whatever you call it, it's good. One other thing my mom used to do is put finely chopped onion on each sandwich half, on top of the cheese. The onion would soften up under the broiler. Mmmmm-mmmmm.
The oven is the only way for a truly GREAT toasted sandwich....it is just super fast and results in a crispy toasted sandwich. BUT...I use the broil setting on the oven...couple of minutes on each side...just keep an eye on it as it toasts fast....and the cheese is completely melted. Don't just use the method for cheese sandwiches though...any sandwich is toastable and so much better for it. This is the way it has always been done in our family...but there are a few that prefer the skillet method...but not me.