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(Gothamist)   Everyone's favorite mad scientist celeb chef Alton Brown shows you how to make a grilled cheese sandwich... in case you've been making it wrong all these years   (gothamist.com) divider line 109
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2014-05-15 04:50:13 AM  
Open face rye bread broiled with muenster or swiss. Geez.
 
2014-05-15 04:50:25 AM  
I've finally managed to get all these ingredients without sulfites: Jewish rye, sauerkraut, grated horseradish. Put some pastrami and a slice of swiss in there, and heat through with a pannini press until lightly toasted. I know, not a grilled cheese, but since I've managed to source the first three ingredients without clogging my sinuses it's farking awesome.

And Alton would have gotten the ire of my dad for burning the bread. He regularly yells at people for burning hamburger buns in both fast food and nice restaurants.

/Real sauerkraut is probiotic beyond yogurt.
 
2014-05-15 04:58:44 AM  
I've always thought government cheese was a myth perpetrated by television and black comedians. I see that, apparently, I was mistaken.

Does such a thing still exist? Is there also government bread? Government meat product? How did/does one claim such a thing? Was there a cheese depot? Was it collected with the welfare check? As a WASP, I have questions.
 
2014-05-15 05:12:08 AM  

SilentStrider: Also just saw his episode of Mythbusters.


whaa?? I gotsta see dis!
 
2014-05-15 05:39:38 AM  

robohobo: I've always thought government cheese was a myth perpetrated by television and black comedians. I see that, apparently, I was mistaken.

Does such a thing still exist? Is there also government bread? Government meat product? How did/does one claim such a thing? Was there a cheese depot? Was it collected with the welfare check? As a WASP, I have questions.


 It ended during the '90s, but it was basically a way for the government to use up all the milk that they bought from farmers in order to control milk prices. People receiving certain kinds of welfare as well as the elderly living on Social Security were eligible for the cheese and government butter.

I think you'd pick it up at the local welfare office, but I don't know for certain how distribution worked. The cheese came in a generic brick about the size of those big blocks of cheese that they slice in the deli.
 
2014-05-15 05:40:59 AM  

FnkyTwn: Alton's crazy, but he's seldom wrong. The man is a genius when it comes to Thanksgiving turkey, so I'll probably end up trying his grilled cheese.


His turkey recipe/method is legendary. This is over thinking a justifiably and necessary simple pleasure.

Why not melt your cheese in stainless steel bowls? A 'hat' over an assembled sandwich would work to melt the cheese as you grill the sandwich on both sides (and if desired, grilled the 'inside' before assembling.

And my main question: why reinvent the wheel man. It's grilled cheese with a side of judgment for people not inclined to cook.

/served my lady an Indian spiced Cornish hen with Indian inspired stuffing atop a small bed of couscous with aromatics and paired with kale sauteed with garlic and blistered cherry tomatoes tonight.
//'cuz it was my day off.
///Alton, tho I love him, leans to pretention and ocd. Anathema to passionate cooking.
 
2014-05-15 05:56:46 AM  

robohobo: I've always thought government cheese was a myth perpetrated by television and black comedians. I see that, apparently, I was mistaken.

Does such a thing still exist? Is there also government bread? Government meat product? How did/does one claim such a thing? Was there a cheese depot? Was it collected with the welfare check? As a WASP, I have questions.


Yes, I remember as a child going with mom to the "Surplus Food Center" and getting boxes of generically labeled cans of food. Peanut Butter, Spam, Dried Beans, Flour, Powdered Milk, CHEESE and the such.

Dad died, welfare / public assistance before food stamps
 
2014-05-15 06:55:39 AM  
I tried and liked his earlier version, where he super heated a cast iron pan and just laid it on top of the sandwich.

/Also, another vote for Trader Joe's tomato and red pepper roasted soup
 
2014-05-15 07:11:46 AM  

rynthetyn: robohobo: I've always thought government cheese was a myth perpetrated by television and black comedians. I see that, apparently, I was mistaken.
....
I think you'd pick it up at the local welfare office, but I don't know for certain how distribution worked. The cheese came in a generic brick about the size of those big blocks of cheese that they slice in the deli.



In my small rural town they'd have a set spot for a distribution out of a truck. You'd show up , show them your card and get cheese, rice, flour and some other stuff

My aunt used to get it and she'd give away a lot of the cheese since she got it every month (how much cheese can one little woman eat and the blocks were at least three pounds)


Being as I was poor at the time my friends and I would use it to make 'government nachos' with cheap tortilla chips and some jalapeños.


It was actually decent cheese.
 
2014-05-15 07:15:37 AM  
Ok, this looks good. But, for a normal inside grilled cheese, I have the secret. Start the sandwich open. Put the buttered bread on the griddle, put cheese on top, and heat slowly. When the bread is toasted to gbd and the cheese is melty, then put it together. Both sides of the sandwich come out identically browned and the top bit doesn't have a chance to cool off.

Also, don't use Kraft singles.
 
2014-05-15 07:22:42 AM  
You know it's Fark when people get butthurt over someone tweaking a grilled cheese.
 
2014-05-15 07:39:36 AM  
images.huffingtonpost.com

In a toaster. Bonus: When it pops out, I make the Star Trek shoosh! sound.
 
2014-05-15 07:40:45 AM  
Use mayo / Miracle Whip on the bread instead of butter.
 
2014-05-15 07:43:10 AM  
I melt clarified butter in the pan.  Put in one slice of bread to get covered in melted butter.  Remove and set aside.  Put in your other slice, making sure to get coverage with remaining butter.  Put on desired cheeses and other stuff.  I typically just use what we have already grated in the fridge, its always a surprise. Top with removed slice.  Cook over a mediumish heat, carefully flipping until both sides are nice and crispy.

 As is usually over stuffed, I have to remove bits of cheese that fall out while flipping.  Blow on it to cool off and have a mellty treat while your are cooking.
 
2014-05-15 07:44:29 AM  
1. Tomato soup is nasty.

2. Accent (MSG) goes on the buttered bread before grilling.
 
2014-05-15 07:51:23 AM  
The only addition I'd make, and this is purely optional, is to add a couple of sweet gherkin pickles into the
cheese before melting. Either slices or the whole little tiny ones.
 
2014-05-15 08:06:39 AM  

drjekel_mrhyde: Makh: So when I became an adult, I found out my mom had taught me the most wrong way to do it.  Also why I hated grilled cheese until I left the house.  Her method:  Make toast, put sliced cheese inside hot toast.  For her, food is for sustenance only, and if something had empty calories it garnered the lowest priority.

My mother use to do the same damn thing


I mourn your lost childhoods.  That's the difference...some eat to live, others live to eat.
 
2014-05-15 08:26:51 AM  

Alien Robot: A grilled cheese isn't a proper grilled cheese unless it's served alongside a bowl of this:

[img.fark.net image 255x275]


Amen
 
2014-05-15 08:29:05 AM  

MrBallou: My kid loves me for many things, but my grilled cheese is high among them.

Sharp cheddar, white bread, lots of butter, heat high enough to brown but not burn. Served with love and a glass of milk.

Sorry Alton.


This is how it's done. Toss in a few slices of bacon, ham or even turkey. mmm...
now I'm hungry
 
2014-05-15 08:31:26 AM  

Harry Freakstorm: [images.huffingtonpost.com image 640x480]

In a toaster. Bonus: When it pops out, I make the Star Trek shoosh! sound.


Toaster? sideways?
Why have I never thought of that.
 
2014-05-15 08:45:07 AM  
Just stopping by with another vote for welfare cheese being really decent cheese, and light years ahead of kraft processed cheeses.

We got ours from friends as well. As a farm family, we didn't have much, but we got by. However apparently the families that did get welfare cheese (and milk, dried beans, bread) received their allotment based on family size, and some quantities were just too much for them to eat in a reasonable amount of time. So they would share with others.

Alton Brown is one of my heroes. I don't care if you like him or not, haters.
 
2014-05-15 08:54:17 AM  

CujoQuarrel: rynthetyn: robohobo: I've always thought government cheese was a myth perpetrated by television and black comedians. I see that, apparently, I was mistaken.
....
I think you'd pick it up at the local welfare office, but I don't know for certain how distribution worked. The cheese came in a generic brick about the size of those big blocks of cheese that they slice in the deli.


In my small rural town they'd have a set spot for a distribution out of a truck. You'd show up , show them your card and get cheese, rice, flour and some other stuff

My aunt used to get it and she'd give away a lot of the cheese since she got it every month (how much cheese can one little woman eat and the blocks were at least three pounds)


Being as I was poor at the time my friends and I would use it to make 'government nachos' with cheap tortilla chips and some jalapeños.


It was actually decent cheese.


I remember that stuff. It was pretty decent, but we knew it was government cheese. So of course all I wanted were Kraft Singles.

Whenever we got our monthly allotment, mom would tell us to thank president Reagan.

I kind if wish we still did this instead of just giving people money. Of course that would hurt someone's sales, so there's no way we are ever going back to that.
 
2014-05-15 09:09:52 AM  

FnkyTwn: The man is a genius when it comes to Thanksgiving turkey, so I'll probably end up trying his grilled cheese.


Came here to say this. I don't make my turkey any other way now. My in-awls are mystified at how I can consistently have awesome, juicy turkey that is NEVER overdone.
/doesn't use cooler after the Great Ice Melt of 2007
//Giant Ziploc baggies in the fridge FTW
 
2014-05-15 09:09:59 AM  

Danger Avoid Death: Waitaminute ... I thought all the "you've been doing it wrong all these years" articles were done exclusively by 19-year-old hipster interns over at HuffPo.


hack your grilled cheese
 
2014-05-15 09:12:22 AM  

Unoriginal_Username: Harry Freakstorm: [images.huffingtonpost.com image 640x480]

In a toaster. Bonus: When it pops out, I make the Star Trek shoosh! sound.

Toaster? sideways?
Why have I never thought of that.


Because it's a horrible fire hazard.
 
2014-05-15 09:17:05 AM  

drjekel_mrhyde: Makh: So when I became an adult, I found out my mom had taught me the most wrong way to do it. Also why I hated grilled cheese until I left the house. Her method: Make toast, put sliced cheese inside hot toast. For her, food is for sustenance only, and if something had empty calories it garnered the lowest priority.

My mother use to do the same damn thing


You poor, poor things. And, to be specific, the only way grilled cheese should be prepared:
Melt butter, one slice of bread, a slice of sharp cheddar cheese over med-low heat to allow cheese to melt. Add cooked bacon (or bits!) and thinly sliced Granny Smith, one more slice of sharp cheddar, top with one last slice of bread, with deli-style mustard spread on it... remove from heat, melt a little more butter, flip...

It will change your life.
 
2014-05-15 09:31:23 AM  

Unoriginal_Username: Harry Freakstorm: [images.huffingtonpost.com image 640x480]

In a toaster. Bonus: When it pops out, I make the Star Trek shoosh! sound.

Toaster? sideways?
Why have I never thought of that.


Credit goes to the Huffington Post.  I lurk there hoping for an upskirt/wardrobe malfunction of Arianna.  Just a matter of time.  She did the talking bear with a short skirt and no undies.
 
2014-05-15 09:38:26 AM  

Unoriginal_Username: Harry Freakstorm: [images.huffingtonpost.com image 640x480]

In a toaster. Bonus: When it pops out, I make the Star Trek shoosh! sound.

Toaster? sideways?
Why have I never thought of that.


Because it's a trick. Your sammich will end up on the floor, due to the ejection. When you complain, he will laugh like a stoned hyena and say something along the lines of "sucker!"
 
2014-05-15 10:01:56 AM  

farkingismybusiness:


... you *censored censored* faced little *censored censored*!!!! I have no bacon and no money until next week!

EVIL!!!
 
2014-05-15 10:14:46 AM  
Grilled cheese in the robertus household is a "I need a quick lunch" kind of meal, so that's entirely too much work and effort. If I was trying to impress someone, I'd go through the trouble, but then I wouldn't be trying to impress someone with a grilled cheese.

/Whatever bread I have laying around, butter, sliced cheddar or swiss, in a pan on the stovetop.
 
2014-05-15 10:36:13 AM  

Alien Robot: A grilled cheese isn't a proper grilled cheese unless it's served alongside a bowl of this:

[img.fark.net image 255x275]


Exactly!

And OMG, the sandwiches Alton makes look unbelievably good! It's only 10:30 in the morning and it's making me hungry for lunch.
 
2014-05-15 10:36:14 AM  

Unoriginal_Username: Harry Freakstorm: [images.huffingtonpost.com image 640x480]

In a toaster. Bonus: When it pops out, I make the Star Trek shoosh! sound.

Toaster? sideways?
Why have I never thought of that.


My toaster squeezes the bread when you push down the lever.  Can't do sideways grilled cheese.
 
2014-05-15 10:46:17 AM  

GuardianJDK: Swiss or provolone cheese. Deli sliced ham or lean hot capicola if you want meat. Tomato soup to dip it in. Done.


Swiss "cheese" is an abomination.
 
2014-05-15 10:52:05 AM  

HooskerDoo: SilentStrider: Also just saw his episode of Mythbusters.

whaa?? I gotsta see dis!



They tested whether or not it was possible to make a full turkey dinner using the heat generated by a car's engine.
Fun to watch.
 
Ant
2014-05-15 11:01:49 AM  
Government cheese
69 cent/loaf white bread
Off brand margerine of the cheapest variety
 
2014-05-15 11:03:58 AM  
This guy's spazzing nervous energy made me lose my appetite.  What a waste of charcoal.
 
2014-05-15 11:04:45 AM  
For the past few years, I've been BAKING my grilled cheese. My electric stove top can barely fit two pans at once, and is inconsistent with its temp, so one day when I was sick I decided to just make the soup on the stove and the grilled cheese in the oven. Turned out so perfect that I make almost all my sandwiches the same way now.

Throw a cookie sheet pan in the oven while it's pre-heating. I think I start at 350, adjusting temp throughout. Take the pan out once the oven has heated up, or give it another couple minutes to make sure it's hot. As soon as it's out, take a stick of butter and spread it on the pan at the locations where you'll be placing the slices of bread. Place slices on pan and put cheese on each slice. Place pan in oven and wait until the cheese is just melted enough to stick to the bread. Once it's melted, put the slices together. Continue to bake, flipping and adjusting temp throughout for perfect golden goodness.

It might be a little more time consuming, and it can make the pan a little dirty, but I think it gives you more control of making the sandwich. I feel rushed when making grilled cheese on the stove top. And if you're throwing more stuff in the sandwich, baking will cook it throughout better. Stove top, or a grill even, will burn the outside much faster.
 
2014-05-15 11:05:14 AM  
bbsimg.ngfiles.com
 
2014-05-15 11:23:33 AM  

Alien Robot: A grilled cheese isn't a proper grilled cheese unless it's served alongside a bowl of this:

[img.fark.net image 255x275]


For god's sake, man...make your own tomato soup.

Melt 2-3 Tbls butter and cook 1 chopped onion and 1 small shredded carrot until soft; about 5 minutes. Add about 2 Tbls of flour and cook, stirring constantly, for about 1-2 minutes, without browning the flour too much. Add two pounds of tomatoes that have been peeled, seeded, and chopped (using 1 28oz can of whole peeled tomatoes with their liquid works really great too. Just smash them with your hand as you put them in the pot). Then add 2 cups chicken stock (homemade if you can), 1-2 Tbls tomato paste, 2 Tbls fresh basil, 2-3 tsp fresh thyme, 1 bay leaf. Bring to a boil then lower heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove the bay leaf and blend (I use a stick blender) until smooth. Return to low heat and stir in 1 cup of cream or half/half. Season with salt and pepper to taste. When heated through, serve warm.

Got to have a grilled cheese with it, IMO. I also like to have the puffy type Cheetos.

When homegrown tomatoes fresh out of the garden are used, this is simply divine, while simple to make.
 
2014-05-15 11:24:29 AM  

CoonAce: Alton Brown is kind of a weenie.


Heresy! Burn this Farker at the stake!
 
2014-05-15 11:34:57 AM  
Having a colby, onion and sourdough grilled cheese for lunch right now .
 
2014-05-15 11:37:15 AM  
The only cheese for making toasted cheese sammiches!

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2014-05-15 12:08:17 PM  

Ant: Government cheese
69 cent/loaf white bread
Off brand margerine of the cheapest variety


Is there an on-brand margarine?
 
2014-05-15 12:29:36 PM  

trappedspirit: Ant: Government cheese
69 cent/loaf white bread
Off brand margerine of the cheapest variety

Is there an on-brand margarine?


And wasn't margarine originally discovered/invented while trying to perfect the chemical formula for a deodorant for soldiers during WWII?
 
2014-05-15 12:32:48 PM  

trappedspirit: Ant: Government cheese
69 cent/loaf white bread
Off brand margerine of the cheapest variety

Is there an on-brand margarine?


That reminds me of a recipe I saw once that called for margarine (or you could substitute butter). I was a little dumbfounded as to why you'd ever put margarine as the first choice. Unless there's something about the differences that I don't know about that'd actually make margarine better.

I think they were probably just on the take from a margarine company, the tub was pretty prominently shown in their pictures.
 
2014-05-15 01:26:21 PM  

Harry Freakstorm: [images.huffingtonpost.com image 640x480]

In a toaster. Bonus: When it pops out, I make the Star Trek shoosh! sound.


This bit of mad brilliance is going to make my daughter very, very happy.
 
2014-05-15 01:46:56 PM  
That's a really nice backyard fence too.
 
2014-05-15 02:41:25 PM  
Make toast, butter it.
Mix grated cheese with pepper, milk, worcestershire sauce
put cheese mixture on toast

BROIL until it melts and browns
 
2014-05-15 02:54:43 PM  

Girl Pants: trappedspirit: Ant: Government cheese
69 cent/loaf white bread
Off brand margerine of the cheapest variety

Is there an on-brand margarine?

That reminds me of a recipe I saw once that called for margarine (or you could substitute butter). I was a little dumbfounded as to why you'd ever put margarine as the first choice. Unless there's something about the differences that I don't know about that'd actually make margarine better.

I think they were probably just on the take from a margarine company, the tub was pretty prominently shown in their pictures.


In baking it does matter. Many cookies require oleo.
 
2014-05-15 03:50:27 PM  

Alien Robot: A grilled cheese isn't a proper grilled cheese unless it's served alongside a bowl of this:

[img.fark.net image 255x275]


THIS

Also, I love alton brown but there's no fricking way I am firing up the grill and going through all of that for toasted bread with cheese on it.
 
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