Heidi's Fried Cheese Sandwich

Recipe by evelynathens
READY IN: 18mins
YIELD: 1 sandwich


  • 2
    slices bread, thick (preferably bakery, but sandwich bread will do if nothing else is available)
  • enough swiss cheese, to make a thick filling (the real stuff, I suppose cheddar would be good too, but Heidi's grandfather always gave her gruyer)
  • 1
  • 3
    tablespoons milk or 3 tablespoons cream
  • salt and pepper


  • Butter the bread generously and layer the cheese between the two pieces.
  • Beat the egg with the milk in a container large enough to contain the sandwich and season lightly (don't forget the cheese has salt too).
  • Allow the sandwich to absorb the egg/milk mixture- turn over 1/2 way through so the other side absorbs some too.
  • This should take about 10-15 minutes so as much of the custard is absorbed as possible.
  • Drop a tablespoonful of butter into a skillet (cast iron is best), on medium heat.
  • When it bubbles and smells very fragrant, add the sandwich and fry on both sides till a lovely dark-golden-brown and the cheese is all gooey and melted.
  • Put it on your best plate, pour yourself a big glass of milk, get out a fork and knife and enjoy.
  • Note: The texture of this is not like a regular grilled sandwich as the bread becomes moist and puffy because of the egg/milk soaking.