Time: about 15 minutes. This is more a method than a recipe, but you can make a fantastic sandwich with just great bread, fresh butter, and your favorite cheese. To make 2 sandwiches at once, just use a larger frying pan. If you want a thin, ultra-crisp sandwich, use a panini press set to medium (350°), or heat a cast-iron skillet on a separate burner. Set the skillet on top of your sandwich as it cooks in the frying pan, and cook about 4 minutes total.
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 slices of your favorite bread
2 slices of your favorite cheese*
How to Make It
Butter bread slices on 1 side. Turn them over.
Lay cheese slices on 1 bread slice. Top with the other bread slice, buttered side up. (The buttered sides face out so that they'll turn crisp and golden when they touch the hot pan.)
Heat a medium frying pan over medium heat. Flick a drop of water into the pan; if it sizzles and evaporates, the pan is hot enough.
Put sandwich, buttered side down, in pan with both hands. Let it cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden and crunchy underneath. Using a spatula (or one in each hand, if the bread is large), turn the sandwich over. Let it cook another 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden and crunchy on the second side.
*Choose a cheese that melts well. Some classics for grilled cheese: cheddar, jack and pepper jack, Colby, gruyère, Swiss, fontina, provolone. Brie works well too.