Cheese and sandwiches step into the spotlight because today is April 12, Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day. Sinking your teeth into crispy buttered bread filled with gooey melted cheese is a simple pleasure that all diners love.
In America, this sandwich soared in popularity during the Great Depression because bread and cheese were attainable staples for most kitchens. Other countries had already discovered this delicious combination.
The French croque monsieur remains a menu must at Parisian cafes, and the Italian Panini has inspired cooks everywhere to add panini presses to their arsenals of small kitchen appliances.
Imaginations of creative cooks have elevated the grilled cheese sandwich and it is no longer restricted to white bread and day-glow-orange processed cheese products. Today’s sandwiches span the global spectrum of authentic cheeses.
Consider a sandwich of Gruyere, bacon, mushrooms and a touch of Dijon mustard. Imagine the sweet, salty goodness of ham, cheddar and apple butter – just add premium quality bread and butter for grilling.
In celebration of Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, visit a gourmet food market and fill your basket with an assortment of cheeses, meats and condiments. Have a get-together and let friends create uniquely personal variations on the theme.
Pull out the Panini press and frying pan for a session of culinary creativity. Add a green salad along with a steaming pot of tomato soup and you’re all set to enjoy a cheesy celebration of gooey goodness.