National Grilled Cheese Day

12 April celebrates that sandwich everyone loves: Grilled Cheese! What's not to like? Toasty, buttery bread held together by melting, delicious cheese!

I guess if you don't like or can't eat cheese that makes a difference.

You're not just stuck with plain ole American "cheese" either. You can put whatever you like in them: cheddar, Gouda, mozzarella--whatever you like.

I like putting sauteed mushrooms in mine or maybe some deli meat that I tossed on the skillet to to get a little Maillard reaction going on. Then put the meat between the bread. Here's a mushroom grilled cheese I like to make:

Another method I've been using lately is involves the waffle iron. Basically the waffle iron becomes a panini press! Shelby was browsing through Pinterest and saw a bunch of people using their waffle irons to do all kinds of crazy stuff. This is what you get:

Here's how you make it:

  1. Butter the outsides of the bread you're using (any type you can squeeze between the waffle iron.
  2. I used roast beef in this sandwich, wrap the roast beef around the cheese you're using. Put the meat and cheese in between the bread slices. Place a couple of slices between the bread and meat too if you want it extra melty.
  3. Place in the preheated waffle iron and close it. I put an iron skillet on top of my waffle iron to keep it pressure on the sandwich. You probably don't need to do this, I just like to make sure it gets really smushed down in there.
  4. It won't take long to brown the bread and melt the cheese, approximately 2 minutes.

That's it! You end up with a tasty, fancified grilled cheese.