Here’s some simple ingredients that changed my dorm life and probably my slammin’ teenage figure.
– 1 iron
– about a 1 square foot of tin foil
– 2 pats of butter
– 2 slices of hearty whole wheat (mine was seeded)
– a little under 4 tbsp of shredded serious cheeses
– 1 tbsp grated Comte
– 1 tbsp grated Gruyere
– 1 tbsp grated Ossau Iraty
– .5 tbsp crumbled Stilton (or some yummy blue)
To begin, Plug in your iron and put it in a safe spot. I know you probably don’t have a lot of room, but this is very important, burns are the worst. If it has a steaming option, turn it off and set it to the highest heat setting (which is usually labeled cotton).
From here, lay out your tin foil and butter one piece of bread. Flip it so the butter is face down.
Now pile on your cheeses! I know I definitely didn’t have enough money to buy fancy cheeses like these while I was enrolled in college (and to be honest, I still don’t have enough money!) and I’m not even sure if they had these delicacies available in Tallahassee (besides Sweet Grass Dairy which I didn’t even know about until I was a senior..sad face).
I should have totally thought about this before I did this post… BUT OH WELL. I think it would be just as good with a Kraft single, some provolone and swiss, and maybe even a slice of muenster if you’re extra fancy or go to an ivy league school or something like that.
Now simply place the other piece of bread on top and butter it!
Now fold up the tin foil to create a little alien spaceship home for your sandwich. These silver packets can function as really fun and playful weapons to use when your suite-mates* are getting out of hand. You can chuck it at them in anger without hurting them and as soon as they realize what hit them in the back of the head – you’re forgiven because of the warm gooey cheesy mess that’s about to grace their
state college oh-so-refined palette.
Now when your is iron piping hot go ahead and place it on top and apply some pressure. After about five minutes, carefully (it’s freaking burning hot) check to see if the bread is starting to crisp up. It took me about 5-6 minutes for each side.
I’ve heard you can also do this without the tinfoil, but at the time when I learned this method I didn’t want to risk having any my beautiful Forever 21 garments spotted with butter stains. But to be completely honest, this was probably the most action my iron got during those days. And to be even more honest, I couldn’t even tell you the last time I ironed anything. I really love the wrinkle release spray stuff. It saves my life or at least my appearance.
After it’s all cooked up, go ahead and gently open up your packet. I think it’s best to take out the grilled cheese right away because it gets kind of soggy if it stays all cooped up.
Now this method isn’t only for dorm room residents. It also works really well in hotels, apartments with gross kitchens, bus stations, train terminals,
dive bars and so on. As long as you have a plug, you can bring your sandwich pre-wrapped and cook it anywhere. Well almost anywhere, I’m sure the cashiers at Forever 21 might have a problem with it.
Stay tuned for next week, where I present another new and exciting way to cook up a yummy grilled cheese sandwich!