Velveeta cheese, 2 slices of white bread, margarine. As a child, those three ingredients satisfied the requirements for a grilled cheese sandwich, or so I thought. First I substituted butter for margarine and then used different types of bread and cheese, but it’s still a three ingredient sandwich.
I guess I’ve been living in the Dark Ages. Grilled cheese now has a day of its own and tomorrow events in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and other cities recognize a sandwich that even the school cafeteria can’t mess up. Restaurants and food trucks specialize in this classic sandwich, but not necessarily the simple three ingredient one I make.
Recipes for Waffle Grilled Cheese, French Onion Grilled Cheese, and Green Goddess Grilled Cheese are only a few found on Internet sites. Spinach, bacon, walnuts, brussel sprouts, pulled pork, and pineapple are some of the “secret ingredients” used to add pizzazz to the grown-up version of a culinary staple; but at what point is the grilled cheese sandwich not a grilled cheese sandwich? Is a sandwich with shaved roast beef, green bell pepper, yellow onion, and cheese really a grilled Philly Cheese Steak sandwich or a grilled cheese sandwich with extra ingredients?
I guess I’m a traditionalist, if it’s grilled cheese…just three ingredients; but I’m looking forward to trying some new grilled sandwiches with cheese. And, please share your version of this classic sandwich.
Happy Grilled Cheese Day!