Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Spread about 2 teaspoons butter or margarine over one side of a slice of bread. Spread the mustard over one side of the other slice. Place the cheese slices in the middle and close the sandwich, dry sides out.
Heat a frying pan over medium heat for about 1 minute. When the frying pan is hot, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in the frying pan (it should be sizzling).
Add the sandwich to the frying pan. Cook until the bottom is golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Press down gently on the sandwich with a spatula while it is cooking.
Push the sandwich to the side and add about 2 teaspoons of butter to the pan. Turn the sandwich over and cook on the other side until browned and the cheese is nearly melted, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the sandwich from the pan and cut in half.
Grilled Cheese Sandwich — the American Quesadilla
The classic grilled cheese sandwich is really just a quesadilla minus the sour cream dip, and with bread replacing the flour tortilla. The main difference between them is the greater variety of ingredients that find their way into a quesadilla — everything from goat cheese to cream cheese may be used. And, while most of us would balk at the idea of serving a grilled cheese sandwich to guests, quesadillas cut into wedges are a popular appetizer.
This comforting snack makes an excellent accompaniment to Warming Herbed Tomato Soup (page 45). Cheddar, American, and Swiss processed cheese slices all work well in this recipe.