Makes 2 sandwichesThe key to making a good grilled cheese sandwich lies in the heat of the cooking surface. A griddle or well-seasoned cast-iron skillet will produce equally delicious results.
4 slices of firm white sandwich bread
4 slices cheddar cheese
Unsalted butter, room temperature
Sliced ripe tomato
Freshly ground black pepper and salt
- Heat a griddle or large cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat.
- Place two slices of bread on a clean work surface. Butter and cover each with a layer of your favorite cheese; some sliced tomato is also appropriate. Grind on fresh black pepper and sprinkle with little salt.
- Top with remaining bread slices, pressing gently to adhere. Generously butter both sides of each sandwich, spreading it all the way to the edges.
- Place sandwiches on the griddle or in the skillet. Cook until golden brown on each side and the cheese has completely melted, 3 to 4 minutes per side, turning once. Before removing from griddle, flip sandwiches to reheat first side, about 15 seconds. Cut each sandwich diagonally in half; serve immediately.