Sinking your teeth into crispy buttered bread, filled with melted cheese, is a simple pleasure that diners of all ages love. One of our most craved comfort foods steps into the spotlight on April 12 in celebration of Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day.
This humble classic soared in popularity during the Great Depression when sliced bread and cheese were attainable staples. Other countries had already discovered the tantalizing charms of toasted bread with melted cheese. The French croque-monsieur remains a menu must at Parisian cafes, and the Italian Panini has inspired Americans to add its presses to their arsenal of counter-top appliances.
Grilled cheese sandwiches have evolved with the imaginations of creative cooks. Fill a Panini with pesto, sliced tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. 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 fresh baked bread and butter for grilling.
In celebration of Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, host a sandwich party and allow your guests to create uniquely personal variations on the theme. Visit your favorite gourmet market and fill your basket with an assortment of cheeses, meats and condiments. Back home, be sure to have the Panini press and frying pan waiting for a session of culinary creativity. Add a green salad and steaming pot of tomato soup and you’re are all set to enjoy the cheesiest celebration of euphoric gooey goodness!