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(Mental Floss)   Sick and tired of partisan politics, international saber rattling, missing airliners, horrible weather? Then take a mental break and enjoy this loving tribute to the the greatest comfort food ever invented: the grilled cheese sandwich   (mentalfloss.com) divider line 50
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2014-03-10 09:21:09 AM  
I would post the obligatory link to Melt Bar & Grilled, but last time I went to their site it gave me some nasty malware.
 
2014-03-10 09:22:35 AM  
Why are we greenlighting an article about Joan Rivers' crotch?
 
2014-03-10 09:25:01 AM  
I'm not watching anything about grilled cheese unless it includes a little reach-around for tomato soup. You can't have one without the other.

\I also like grilled cheese with slices of spam cooked into it.
 
2014-03-10 09:26:37 AM  
Add bacon....
 
2014-03-10 09:28:48 AM  
mmmmm grilled cheese. Our children won't touch them. Good. Leaves more for me.

/Velveeta on Texas toast
//whatever -- it's delicious
 
2014-03-10 09:28:57 AM  

smoky2010: I'm not watching anything about grilled cheese unless it includes a little reach-around for tomato soup. You can't have one without the other.

\I also like grilled cheese with slices of spam cooked into it.


It's in there.  I was raised on grilled cheese and tomato soup.  It was always Campbell's soup and plain white bread with Velveeta cheese.  My mother was an uninspired cook at best.  Now, I bake my own bread, buy real cheese, and make my own tomato soup that beats Campbell's all hollow.  But it's still a favorite comfort food meal.
 
2014-03-10 09:30:01 AM  
Had some really good leftover cheese sitting in the fridge last night so I ate two Swiss grilled cheese sammiches.
 
2014-03-10 09:31:52 AM  
Ok, I'm not sure it's the "Greatest Comfort Food", but it's certainly something which takes no time or skills to prepare. I would generally make things which taste much better than a simple cheese sandwich, but I'm an admitted food snob.
 
2014-03-10 09:33:53 AM  

Mr. Right: smoky2010: I'm not watching anything about grilled cheese unless it includes a little reach-around for tomato soup. You can't have one without the other.

\I also like grilled cheese with slices of spam cooked into it.

It's in there.  I was raised on grilled cheese and tomato soup.  It was always Campbell's soup and plain white bread with Velveeta cheese.  My mother was an uninspired cook at best.  Now, I bake my own bread, buy real cheese, and make my own tomato soup that beats Campbell's all hollow.  But it's still a favorite comfort food meal.


Mine was white american cheese, on white bread. Yes, I was raised int he 70's, why do you ask? We would get the campbell's tomato soup. If we were lucky, maybe some of those little pasta bits cooked into it. If we were really lucky, my dad would cook them and we would get either pickle slices and/or spam slices cooked into the grilled cheese. It was pure gold as a young man.

\I no longer can stomach the taste and consistency of american cheese. I'll make my wife grilled cheese with it though. She prefers 2-3 slices of american cheese on potato bread, cooked in real butter. If I have bacon, I'll throw some in for her too.
 
2014-03-10 09:34:05 AM  
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2014-03-10 09:38:17 AM  
OK, what are the best cheeses for Grilled Cheese? My favorites:
-Cheddar
-Fontina
-Gouda
-Gruyère
-Havarti
-Monterey Jack
-Swiss
 
2014-03-10 09:38:36 AM  
Ick
 
2014-03-10 09:41:27 AM  
Author of TFA seems to think this is an American thing, when the Welsh have been rabbiting for a couple of centuries.

/Australians use a skid mark of Vegemite to salt it up a bit.
 
2014-03-10 09:44:34 AM  
Velveeta on Wonder Bread.
From the 'burbs to the trailer park, it's like manna from Heaven.
 
2014-03-10 09:49:00 AM  

smoky2010: I no longer can stomach the taste and consistency of american cheese. I'll make my wife grilled cheese with it though. She prefers 2-3 slices of american cheese on potato bread, cooked in real butter. If I have bacon, I'll throw some in for her too.


I'm with you on the American cheese (officially known as "processed cheese food")

I ran across something one time and have not been able to relocate it but it was a table with a list of breads, a list of cheeses, and a list of jams/jellies.  The challenge was that you could take one from each list at random, make a grilled cheese sandwich out of it and it would be good.  I've experimented a few times with any bread, cheese, and jam I have at hand and have yet to find a bad combo.  Dark Rye, blue Cheese and sour cherry jam is a particular favorite.  But, for tomato soup, some kind of white, Italian, or wheat bread and a good cheddar, Monterey Jack or Swiss cheese is as far out as I'll go.

I'm a little older than you - I was raising my kids in the 70s.  But they all loved the tomato soup and grilled cheese  lunch as do my grandkids.  It will probably outlive all of us.
 
2014-03-10 09:52:34 AM  

smoky2010: I'm not watching anything about grilled cheese unless it includes a little reach-around for tomato soup. You can't have one without the other.

\I also like grilled cheese with slices of spam cooked into it.


Yum.

macross87: Add bacon....


And this, too!
 
2014-03-10 09:53:57 AM  
Cabot cheddar, Cabot butter. Homemade white bread.
Cast. Iron. Skillet.
 
2014-03-10 09:55:00 AM  

Mr. Right: I was raising my kids in the 70s.


hell, you're older than I am.

Damn, that's old.
 
2014-03-10 09:56:51 AM  
Grilled pimento cheese and bacon on rye or GTFO.
 
2014-03-10 09:57:24 AM  

anuran: OK, what are the best cheeses for Grilled Cheese? My favorites:
-Cheddar
-Fontina
-Gouda
-Gruyère
-Havarti
-Monterey Jack
-Swiss


Jarlsberg is great too, but kinda pricey.
 
2014-03-10 10:09:28 AM  
Dill Havarti.
 
2014-03-10 10:09:59 AM  
But if da Russians killt all the Ukraines dey wont evn get to eat grilld chease no more :(

LIKE DIS IF U CRY EVRY TIME
 
2014-03-10 10:10:11 AM  

vudukungfu: hell, you're older than I am.


I'm so old that for my first grilled cheese sandwich, I had to grow the wheat and grind it into flour; milk the cow by hand and make my own cheese - uphill both ways!
 
2014-03-10 10:12:32 AM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: I would post the obligatory link to Melt Bar & Grilled, but last time I went to their site it gave me some nasty malware.


I've never had a problem.  Mmmm.....

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2014-03-10 10:12:33 AM  
Grilled cheese sandwich needs meat.  And jalapeños.
 
2014-03-10 10:18:14 AM  
When does a grilled  cheese sandwich get called a rarebit?
 
2014-03-10 10:37:32 AM  
Oh yeahhhhhh...

i.huffpost.com
 
2014-03-10 10:45:28 AM  
Damn I'm hungry now.

Thanks Obama! :/
 
2014-03-10 10:49:54 AM  
How much beyond cheese and bread can you add before it becomes just a sandwich? A patty melt isnt a grilled cheese with a burger, its a patty melt. 

And grilled cheese martini? Is there gin and vermouth in it? Doubt it...
 
2014-03-10 11:03:56 AM  
"Gourmet" grilled cheese? Who'da Thunk it? Nah, grilled chese is for when I want something and there's not much left in the fridge. Or I can pop a can of tuna fish into a bowl, toss a couple spoonfuls of mayo in there and mix it up and have a couple really plain tuna sammiches. (Gag!) That's no better. Bacon? If I had some lettuce and a 'mater I could do a couple BLT's and skip the cheese. I'm good wih that. Damn now I'm hungry too!
 
2014-03-10 11:06:41 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-03-10 11:13:14 AM  
I love a good grilled cheese.  Adding spinach and tomato is a nice touch, goes well.
 
2014-03-10 11:17:28 AM  

anuran: OK, what are the best cheeses for Grilled Cheese? My favorites:
-Cheddar
-Fontina
-Gouda
-Gruyère
-Havarti
-Monterey Jack
-Swiss


Brie is a good choice as well. My go-to grilled cheese inspired sandwich is brie, smoked turkey, granny smith apple slices, and stone-ground mustard on a nice crusty bread like sourdough or rye.

/damnit, now I want one.
 
2014-03-10 11:28:46 AM  
ABC.
Apple-Bacon-Cheddar, grilled on 7-grain bread.  Pretty damn good.

\use good apples, though, like Stayman Winesap
\\had a version recently with Red Delicious, and it sucked
 
2014-03-10 11:44:05 AM  
I wish I was in London so I could get a Kappacasein sammich.
 
2014-03-10 11:51:09 AM  

Lapdance: "Gourmet" grilled cheese? Who'da Thunk it? Nah, grilled chese is for when I want something and there's not much left in the fridge.


We have a restaurant up here in Vermont that has like 50 types of mac n cheese on the menu.
That is one place I will never go to eat.
It's nice that they are in business, just like any place that is not a chain, but still, not my bag.
I do love mac n cheese, but I'm not going to put myself in a position where I feel obligated to tip the one who brings it to me.
 
2014-03-10 11:58:39 AM  

Nightjars: Grilled cheese sandwich needs meat. And jalapeños.


If it has meat, it isn't a grilled cheese sandwich. It is a grilled <insert meat> with cheese.

/with a possible exception for a little bacon
 
2014-03-10 12:07:06 PM  
Easier Depression Era comfort food: margarine on saltine crackers.  Very tasty.
 
2014-03-10 12:22:27 PM  
When you start adding stuff to a grilled cheese sandwich -- like a hamburger patty and sauteed onions -- what's the point of pretend that it hasn't become something else entirely? If you're going to do that, you might as well say that there's no such thing as a GC sandwich, it's just bread except some people like to melt cheese on it too.
 
2014-03-10 12:35:34 PM  
What if your girlfriend won't make you grilled cheese?

Sorry about the formatting on the page.
 
2014-03-10 12:35:55 PM  
Half the sandwiches I have seen listed in this thread are no longer Grilled Cheese sandwiches.  They are Hot/Grilled Sandwiches with Cheese.
 
2014-03-10 12:45:54 PM  
I'm still fuzzy on the definition of comfort food. Is there such a thing as uncomfortable food? And if it is uncomfortable, why are you eating it? And what about people from other cultures, I mean a guy from the middle east might love a good falafel with pita chips, but has never had a grilled cheese sandwich in his life.


/just saying
 
2014-03-10 12:53:45 PM  

Zizzowop: I'm still fuzzy on the definition of comfort food. Is there such a thing as uncomfortable food? And if it is uncomfortable, why are you eating it? And what about people from other cultures, I mean a guy from the middle east might love a good falafel with pita chips, but has never had a grilled cheese sandwich in his life.


/just saying


Comedy gold, Jerr.
 
2014-03-10 01:48:30 PM  

Zizzowop: . Is there such a thing as uncomfortable food?


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2014-03-10 01:54:28 PM  

yakmans_dad: Zizzowop: . Is there such a thing as uncomfortable food?

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That's pretty uncomfortable for me, but some people love those, so, comfort food is still really a subjective term. Kind of like the term, 'the girl next door' -does that mean she's hot, or kind of hot, why not just say she's hot? Yeah, I think too much sometimes.
 
2014-03-10 02:20:35 PM  
For a taste of real down home grilled cheese you got to have commodity cheese! I got a block last weekend that came from an indian reservation. Tonight I will make grilled cheese sammiches and tomato soup!!!

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2014-03-10 02:21:30 PM  
Grilled cheese and soup
Tomato with basil please
Yummy forever
 
2014-03-10 03:44:02 PM  
I think the best grilled cheese I ever had was on a nice thick honeywheat bread and had 3 types of cheese on it. And to top it off a cup of tomato soup. mmmmmmmmmmmm
 
2014-03-10 04:20:38 PM  

Zizzowop: I'm still fuzzy on the definition of comfort food. Is there such a thing as uncomfortable food? And if it is uncomfortable, why are you eating it? And what about people from other cultures, I mean a guy from the middle east might love a good falafel with pita chips, but has never had a grilled cheese sandwich in his life.


/just saying


As I understand it, "comfort food" refers to any meal that can significantly elevates one's mood beyond simply eliminating the feeling of hunger.  Meals that qualify tend to be high in fat and simple starches--such meals have been shown to affect one's mental state in a similar manner to opiates.  However, a meal might also qualify if a particularly happy memory is associated with it (think of the climactic scene from "Ratatouille"), which makes an objective definition pretty much impossible.
 
2014-03-10 07:27:27 PM  
the the greatest?
 
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