Huzzah! What a great national holiday.
I thought that I would let you know about it in the event that you would like to celebrate it with your grandkids.
It probably won’t garner quite the same excitement with your grandchildren that Christmas does. But, it can still be fun to celebrate with them.
Especially when you jazz up your sandwiches like I’m going to tell you about.
Grilled cheese sandwiches are quick and easy to fix. Spread butter on two pieces of bread, put a slice of cheese between them and then fry them until golden brown.
And generally, they please even the most picky eaters. (That sure makes things easier for grandma when that picky eater comes over for a meal.)
However, I want you to take making grilled cheese sandwiches to the next level. Make them using a bread press!
What is a bread press? you ask.
It’s a gizmo that makes a pattern in your bread when you press it down on the bread.
I bought two of them years ago in the supermarket when my kids were little. They got a kick out of using them for toast and grilled cheese sandwiches.
Since you might not be familiar with a bread press, let me show how you can use it for grilled cheese sandwiches.
Get your bread, your press, and cheese slices.
Place the bread press on top of a slice of bread. Press firmly.
Put a slice of cheese between two of your pressed slices of bread. Cook over a low heat until lightly toasted on both sides.
Now. This is where I’m supposed to show you a lovely picture of the golden sandwich.
Well, first, Iemme tell you what I learned today when I made these sandwiches. Not all store bought bread is created equal.
My husband likes the ‘farm’ bread. It’s thicker and more like homemade bread. So, that’s the kind that he buys all of the time lately and that’s the kind that I had on hand to make these sandwiches.
Alas, because it is thicker, the design didn’t stay in the bread very well. It floofed out.
I pressed the design in the bread a second time. Pressing down. Very. Hard. Even. Harder!!
This is how the ‘I love you’ pressed sandwich turned out.
I should have spread more butter on the bottom left corner of the sandwich. But, not too shabby. Grandkids could still see the design.
“But, what about the other sandwich?” you ask. “The one that says good morning? Let’s see that one.”
Harrumph! I had hoped that you wouldn’t ask.
“Show it to us!” you beg. “Please? Please?”
Oh alright. But, I’m warning you. It isn’t pretty.
See? I told you so.
Can you make out the words? Nope.
Can you see the sunshine peaking over the clouds? Sorta.
So. Let me tell you what I think happened. I think that the farm bread is just too thick. It doesn’t hold the shape of the design that is pressed in it.
I know that Wonder Bread works marvelous with a bread press. In the past, it worked really good every single time.
So, when you use a bread press for your grilled cheese sandwiches, use Wonder Bread. You’re results will be better and you’ll be happier.
Now, a word about bread presses.
I looked online to see if I could find some bread presses. I only found two. And, I really wasn’t thrilled about them.
So, I suggest you check your local grocery store or your dollar store. They will probably have them down the aisle where they sell kitchen gadgets.
If you can’t find them, you can use cookie cutters. Just don’t press so hard that you cut the piece of bread into the shape of the cutter!
I hope you have fun celebrating National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day with your grandkids — whether or not you use a bread press to make your sandwiches.