Quite Possibly the World’s Most Perfect Food


It’s 1am as I begin to write this post.  I was all set to fill up the page with snark and wit…that is until my GTHC chants fell upon deaf ears in Detroit tonight.  Oh well, it was not the most unexpected win of all time, but that doesn’t dappen my depression.

With that behind us, I will now explain my newfound ability to cook the world’s simplest food…the gilled cheese sandwich.

If there is one thing about Endless Simmer that you might have learned by now, it is that we are not below admitting that sometimes we don’t know what we are doing.  This is one of those cases.  I live in a world without microwaves (going on 3 years now) and I have never made a grilled cheese.  And while Gansie tried to convince me that it was just not that hard, putting bread on a pan just seemed like it was asking for trouble.  I could already smell the burning.

Turns out though, and don’t tell Gansie this, making a grilled cheese is so easy Tyler Hansbrough could do it (maybe).  What follows is a perfect example of why I write on this blog anonymously.

Put cheese on bread (this is cheddar):


Put butter on pan, about a tablespoon (yes, that’s a lot):


Cook sandwich (on low/medium heat, cover to keep heat in):


Eat gooey cheese:


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  • BS April 7, 2009  

    So I was all set to make fun of you – for even considering making grilled cheese in a microwave, for thinking frying one would be hard – but then I saw your photo. That’s not really your first grilled cheese, is it? It’s effing perfect! You might have a natural talent.

  • Maids April 7, 2009  

    the simplest food in the world is the gilled cheese sandwich? …. is that kinda like a grilled cheese sandwich. By the way, fuck you for making me long for cheese this early in the morning.

  • Pinch o Minch April 7, 2009  

    Where are the gills?

  • 80 Proof April 7, 2009  

    Obviously, I like to think of cheese as a living breathing fish sometimes.

  • Michael April 8, 2009  

    I substitute Pam cooking spray for butter, only because its quite common when I’m eating grilled cheese that someone will pop up behind me and ask: “did you PAM dat shit?” I guess I just don’t want to disappoint them.

  • aaron April 8, 2009  

    grilled cheese is the second best food ever.
    after a tablespoon of butter.
    when combined, they’re
    a perfect union of yum.

  • dad gansie April 8, 2009  

    way to go 80 p looks delis nice and gooie
    sorry about the blue men
    if you’re not worries about kissing add some onion if so add some tomatoe i remember that as a kid from my mom, and remember adding some mustard too

    wishing all the es’ers safe, fun, happy easter and/or passover

  • Pika April 8, 2009  

    nice post and pictures. i’m also a huge proponent of putting the butter/margarine directly on the bread. you still get that crispy brown bread and you probably use a little bit less butter. also, i agree with d.g. – fresh tomatoes are really good, and so is ham and/or tomatoes.

  • Harmony April 9, 2009  

    Grilled cheese is the perfect base for so many different combinations. Add some sliced apples or pear for a sweet touch, or as suggested above ham(or chicken breast) and tomato with some mustard on the inside. I always spread my butter on the bread though, not in the pan. I recently made grilled cheese with some very hearty multi grain bread and added a thin layer of home made chili and a sliced up hot dog! I love grilled cheese, if you couldn’t tell..

  • Maggie August 14, 2009  

    Instead of buttering the bread, I use a thin layer of mayonnaise. It’s easier to spread, and I can use much less, and it comes out perfectly even and browned every time. Try it, I dare you.

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