April is National Grilled Cheese Month
Did you guys know that April is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month?
Usually, I think these “National Something No One Really Cares About Month” designations are pretty silly, and to be honest, a grilled cheese month is pretty silly too. But at least I like grilled cheeses.
For me, a true grilled cheese is Velveeta, on buttered white bread. Served with a bowl of Cambpell’s Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup. Not regular Chicken Noodle Soup, mind you. Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup. That’s how my grandma used to make it.
Of course, then I got to high school, and everyone’s favorite meal is grilled cheese and tomato soup. Same in college. (I could tell you about the fight Leah and I had about grilled cheeses freshman year, but that’s another story). This new combination really, really confused me. Eventually, I learned to like it.
Now that I’ve grown up a bit, my grilled cheeses tend to be panini. These days, we don’t keep Velveeta on hand, or plain white bread for that matter. We almost always start with crusty sourdough, though sometimes we’ll use a good italian bread. We usually spread the inside of the bread with some kind of mustard or sauce, often including chicken, turkey, or roast beef. And of course, the cheese. A panini at our place has at least two kinds of cheese. Like fontina and mozzerella. Or sharp cheddar and dubliner. Or smoked gouda and mild cheddar. Or, really any cheese at all. As you guys know, we always have plenty of cheese. I’ve been dreaming up a bruschetta grilled cheese panini, with fresh mozzarella—I can’t wait until tomato season.
By the way, if you don’t have a panini press, a George Foreman grill is a pretty handy substitute. Just butter both sides of your bread, put it on the grill, and close the lid. You will have to press down on the lid to get your sandwich smashed down, but otherwise, you’re all set.
Another grilled cheese favorite is these amazing gourmet pretzels from Kim & Scott’s. They’re delicious! You can find them at your local grocery store, in the freezer case. We just got a box at Costco that has the Grilled Cheese flavor along with a Cheese Lover’s flavor.
Think you’ve got the best grilled cheese recipe? You could always challenge Bobby Flay to a Throwdown.
Or attend the 1st/7th (?) Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational in Los Angeles.
I guess if you don’t want to make your own, you could always buy a grilled cheese with the likeness of the Virgin Mary for $28,000. I think I’ll be sticking with homemade.