Sometimes you just want something simple. Like a grilled cheese sandwich. But, gone are the days of American cheese slices on white bread. For today’s grilled cheese we need something better; more sophisticated and with grown-up tastes. A little artisan bread and cheese, some good mustard, fresh tomatoes and basil. A cast-iron skillet.
Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich
makes one sandwich
- 2 slices of good bread
- extra sharp cheddar cheese
- dijon mustard (or German mustard, or whatever interesting mustard you prefer)
- 1 small tomato, sliced
- fresh basil leaves
Slowly heat a cast-iron skillet over medium heat while you prepare your sandwich. Thinly slice the cheese (it melts better that way). Spread mustard on both slices of bread and layer on the cheese, tomato, and basil.
When the skillet is hot (but not too hot; you want to melt the cheese in the same amount of time that you brown the bread; slower is better!) butter the piece of bread closest to the cheese. Gently place your sandwich, butter side down, in the skillet and toast it till golden brown. Butter the top of the sandwich and carefully flip it over. Brown the other side.
When the cheese is melted and the bread golden and delicious, remove from skillet and cool for a minute or two before slicing. Serve with a pickle, potato chips, and/or potato salad. A glass of iced tea or a beer wouldn’t hurt either.