It’s National Grilled Cheese Day! Give a nod to the dish that created some of your favorite childhood memories and make a gooey, cheesy, toasty sandwich to celebrate. Use the best Cheddar cheese and crusty sourdough bread or pain au levain you can find to take this classic over the top, and for a real treat, pair it with a cup of rich tomato soup.
3/4 lb. mild cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
8 slices sourdough bread or pain au levain
4 Tbs. unsalted butter, at room temperature
Heat a griddle or 2 large frying pans over medium heat until hot. For each sandwich, place one-fourth of the cheese on top of 1 bread slice and top with a second bread slice. Spread the outsides of each sandwich with 1 tablespoon of the butter. Place on the griddle, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until the undersides are golden brown, 3–4 minutes. Flip the sandwiches and brown the other side, 3–4 minutes more. Serve at once. Serves 4.
Variation: With just three ingredients, this sandwich is perfect as is. But there are countless variations — try adding ham or tomato slices before grilling for a twist.