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Grilled Cheese Sandwich

When someone says "Grilled Cheese Sandwich", most people immediately have a negative reaction, thinking of a vile composition of flaccid white bread, and yucky plastic cheese, simmered in grease until it's limp and soggy.

This isn't like that. I have to admit I stole the recipe (so what's new) from The Outlaw Cook. Sadly, the recipe is no longer there. And it's not as wonderful a site as it was before it was redesigned. I sure hope they'll un-redesign it. (I do hope people won't say that about this site after we finish our redesign.) But... on to the recipe...

We start with a good bread. Then use a good cheese And we slice it into thick slices. I like almost any good bread for this, but one of my favorites is the Simple Sourdough Pan Bread that the Friends of Carl have on their web page. It has good crumb, toasts well, and has an excellent sourdough taste.

The next ingredient is a good cheese. And slice it just so I like a sharp, or even better an extra-sharp, cheddar. You may prefer other cheeses. Knock yourself out. Slice the cheese so it fits on the bread without hanging over.

Next, put a skillet on medium heat. I prefer a cast iron skillet, although it Generously butter both sides of the bread did confuse the camera I was using. While the skillet is Start by frying the bread heating, generously butter both sides of all the pieces of bread. Start frying the bread with one of the inner sides of the bread. That is, pick two slices that were together, and start with one of the inner sides. That way, the bread will fit together nicely.

Once the bread is nicely browned, flip it over. You may want to sprinkle it with You might want to sprinkle the bread with pepper hot pepper. I'm using Chile Pequin flakes. Put on the cheese Next, put the cheese on the bread, and then start frying the other piece of bread, starting with the inner side. Once the two pieces of bread are nicely browned, put the second piece of bread on top of the cheese.

Then flip the sandwich over to brown the remaining side. Again, fry the bread until it's a nice shade. Next remove the sandwich from the skillet, put it on a plate and serve with some pickles. If you did it right, it should be crisp, full of sourdough tastes, butter tastes, full of gooey cheese, and be a true delight.... with or without the peppers.

Update note: I've had a number of years more practice since I put this together. I think it's time to redo it! Keep an eye out here!