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National Grilled Cheese Day: 5 Steps to Achieve Grilled Cheese Nirvana

National Grilled Cheese Day: 5 Steps to Achieve Grilled Cheese Nirvana

Apr 12, 2018
National Grilled Cheese Day (Thursday, April 12) is a food holiday we can certainly get behind. There’s not much better than ooey, gooey, melty cheese sandwiched between two perfectly toasted pieces of bread. While a classic grilled cheese sandwich will always have our hearts, our chefs are sharing a few of their favorite ingredients to add to take it to the next level.
 
Cooper Grilled cheese from m b urger
M Burger’s Cooper Grilled Cheese

In celebration of this totally real food holiday on April 12, Mity Nice Bar & Grill in Water Tower Place is giving away a complimentary Deluxe Grilled Cheese Sandwich with a purchase of another (basically two-for-one!), so be sure to bring a friend! 

Chef Tim Hockett of M Burger feels there’s nothing that brings back childhood memories like grilled cheese sandwiches. Here he drops some knowledge on the five crucial steps to achieve grilled cheese nirvana:

  1. Butter the outside of the bread and use warm spreadable butter.  This ensures a golden brown, buttery crust that’s crucial to every great grilled cheese.
  2. Use a griddle pan, a cast iron skillet, or your favorite flat non-stick pan. When using a griddle pan, you can control the heat and the color.
    PSA: The broiler is a no-no.
  3. Turn the heat to medium and place one side of the bread on the pan butter side down. You want a nice medium heat so the cheese will be melted and soft while at the same time the bread is GBD (golden brown and delicious). Top the grilled cheese with 2-3 slices of your favorite cheese and top with the other slice of bread, butter on the outside.
  4. Once the bottom slice is toasted, flip your sandwich over and toast the other side.
    Flip Tip: place one hand on top of the sandwich and place the spatula underneath, gently turning it over to ensure no cheese is lost.
  5. Finally, your good-ole-American grilled cheese is ready after a minute or two!

Bonus tip: Add crispy bacon, pickles, jalapenos and BBQ sauce. Save the BBQ sauce to dip it in, or as Tim likes to do, add all those ingredients right between slices of cheese. The savory, meatiness of the bacon, the crunchy bite of the pickles and heat of the jalapenos complements the traditional grilled cheese nicely.

Extra credit ingredients from our chefs, and where to find them.

Chef John Chiakulas of Mity Nice Bar & Grill: Pimento Cheese
“Pimento cheese adds an extra kick of flavor and combining that with bacon really elevates a normal grilled cheese.”

Mity Nice Deluxe Grilled Cheese
Mity Nice Deluxe Grilled Cheese

Where to try it: Mity Nice’s Deluxe Grilled Cheese Sandwich comes complete with pimento cheddar, Applewood bacon and watercress.

Tip: Get creative with your choice of bread.

Chef Susan Weaver of Mon Ami Gabi: Put an egg on it
“The Mornay sauce and the Jarlsberg cheese in the Croque Monsieur are silky, dreamy and a beautiful combination. The ham is the salty, interesting component. When you add an egg, you get the richness of the yolk and it accents the creaminess of the Mornay Sauce.”

Croque Madame Sandwich from Mon Ami Gabi
Croque Madame from Mon Ami Gabi

Where to try it: Mon Ami Gabi’s Croque Monsieur with warm ham, Jarlsberg and Mornay sauce. Add an egg and make it a Croque Madame. Available in all locations for lunch and brunch, and Sunday brunch in Chicago.
Chef Tim Hockett of M Burger: Your favorite seasonal veggies like vine-ripe tomatoes and avocado, plus great cheese.
 “Add your favorite veggies to any grilled cheese and you’ve got a winner. What makes M Burger’s special are the ingredients we use. We recently became the first restaurant in the Midwest to offer Cooper’s Cheese, a white American cheese named the best American cheese in the world, by Bon Appetit Magazine. Add it to any grilled cheese or burger for an extra creamy kick.” 

M Burger Grilled Cheese
Grown-up Grilled Cheese at M Burger

Where to try it: M Burger’s “Grown-up Grilled Cheese” is found only on the secret menu. It comes with fresh tomato, avocado and melty cheese.

Cooper Grilled Cheese at M Burger
M burger’s Cooper Grilled Cheese

Where to try it: M Burger’s “Cooper’s Grilled Cheese” is on the menu through May 31. Join M Burger’s Mobile Club* and get this grilled cheese for $1 on April 12, available at all six M Burger locations.

If you’re looking for something more hearty, order your burger “Roman-style” with two grilled cheese sandwiches in place of a traditional burger bun at M Burger.

“Just after opening the first M Burger, one of our regulars named Roman began ordering up two classic grilled cheese sandwiches for himself and then asked that we make a double cheeseburger and put it between the grilled cheeses (basically using the grilled cheeses in place of a bun),” Chef Tim explains.

roman style sandwich at m burger
Roman-style at M Burger

Now that you have a guide of our favorite grilled cheese sandwiches, Chef Tim wants to underline one last point:

“Almost anything works for grilled cheese, as long as you start with great bread and achieve a nice melty cheese. Just please, don’t put it in the broiler!”

Happy National Grilled Cheese Day!

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