How To Make a Classic Grilled Cheese

Wonderbread? Check! Processed American cheese? Check! Here we go, the classic comfort food grilled cheese with step-by-step photo tutorial.

Classic Grilled Cheese How TO

We know that you can take a grilled cheese to some amazing heights, and we’re going to do it in the days ahead. But first, we’re starting with the most basic grilled cheese sandwich. This is the sandwich that you grew up eating. It’s the one you crave on rainy days. It’s the one you dip into condensed tomato soup when home alone for dinner. It’s that classic grilled cheese, made with plain white bread, processed cheese slices and butter. Here we go!

How to Make a Classic Grilled Cheese

Step#1

Get out two slices of bread and put them on a plate. Butter the top surface of each slice with softened butter (you can use margarine or mayonnaise if you don’t have softened butter on hand).

butter the bread on one side

Step#2

Flip the slices over. You can butter the other sides but we don’t. Up to you.

flip the bread over

Step#3

Put a whole processed cheese slice onto one piece of bread. Then tear another slice into strips and use the strips to cover any bread that is still showing.

 

put 2 cheese slices on one slice of bread

Step#4

Invert the cheese-less bread onto the cheese. Now both breads are butter-side-out and there is cheese in between them.

cover cheese with other bread

Step#5

Put sandwiches into a skillet that is on low or medium-low heat.

Cook on low or medium-low until browned

Step#6

Peek underneath from time to time to make sure that the undersides aren’t browning too quickly. The trick is to keep the heat low enough that the bread doesn’t burn but warm enough that the cheese melts. It will take 2-5 minutes for the bread to toast, depending on the temperature setting and type of pan used.

Check underneath

Step#7

When the underside is nicely browned, use a spatula to flip the sandwich over. Cook on the other side until it is brown underneath as well, 2-5 more minutes.

flip sandwiches over

Step#8

Transfer sandwiches to a plate or cutting board and cut in half.

cut sandwiches apart

 

Step#9

Pull halves apart and then eat.

pull halves apart

Classic Grilled Cheese

Yield: 1 serving

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 8 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of white bread
  • 1 Tbsp. butter, softened (or margarine or mayonnaise)
  • 2 slices of processed cheese
 

Directions:

  1. Put the bread on a plate. Butter the top surface of each slice with softened butter (you can use margarine or mayonnaise if you don't have softened butter on hand).
  2. Flip the slices over. Put a whole processed cheese slice onto one piece of bread. Then tear another slice into strips and use the strips to cover any bread that is still showing. Invert the cheese-less bread onto the cheese. Now both breads are butter-side-out and there is cheese in between them.
  3. Put sandwiches into a skillet that is on low or medium-low heat. Peek underneath from time to time to make sure that the undersides aren't browning too quickly. The trick is to keep the heat low enough that the bread doesn't burn but warm enough that the cheese melts. It will take 2-5 minutes for the bread to toast, depending on the temperature setting and type of pan used.
  4. When the underside is nicely browned, use a spatula to flip the sandwich over. Cook on the other side until it is brown underneath as well, 2-5 more minutes.
  5. Transfer sandwiches to a plate or cutting board and cut in half. Pull halves apart and then eat.

Christine Pittman

Christine is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Cookful. She also blogs at COOKtheSTORY where she specializes in easy healthy homemade recipes. Healthiness aside, she has been known to shred cheese onto a dinner plate, microwave it for 30 seconds, and then eat the messy goop with a spoon.