How to Make The Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich w/ Gluten & Dairy Free Options!
When I was little my mom used to make me grilled cheese and tomato soup many days of the week because it was my absolute favorite and still is today!
The crispy buttery bread, the melty cheese, dipped into hot tomato soup makes the perfect comforting combo.
As an adult, I often tried to replicate this delicious dish with no success. I would either burn the bread or the cheese would not melt or some other fiasco. I could just never get it right.
However, after years upon years of practice, I am now able to make the perfect grilled cheese sandwich just in time to make them for my son, as this meal is now his favorite too.
Another thing I love about this meal as an adult is that it is very frugal! A package of sliced cheese is about $2, a loaf of bread is about $2 and a can of tomato soup is only about $1 so you can really feed your family with this meal for $5! That’s cheaper than fast food for sure!
FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO EASILY MAKE THE PERFECT GRILLED CHEESE:
1. Place a small sandwich sized pan on the smaller stove burned and put your temperature on medium to medium-low (some stoves vary in hotness, so just use the temp that is closest to true medium for your stove) While the pan is heating up, put a thin layer of butter or margarine on 2 slices of bread. Make sure the butter is not too thick and covers the entire slice, even the edges.
2. Place one slice of bread, butter side down into the pan. Then put one slice of your favorite cheese on top of that and then the other slice of bread, butter side up on top of that.
3. Watch the clock and wait for 1.5-2 mins. Also, listen to the sound of the sizzle. It should start to fade out around the 2 min. mark. Once that happens or the time is up, take a big spatula and flip the entire sandwich over.
4. Repeat step 3 and flip again to make sure both sides are crispy and golden. Try another 20-30 sec on each side if not quite done.
That’s it! The key is using the correct size pan and burner as well as a lower temp and only a thin layer of butter. Too high of a temp and/or too much butter can cause the sandwich to cook too quickly causing burnt bread and cheese that is not quite melted.
Also, having a pan that is too big can make poor heat distribution allowing the sandwich to take too long to cook and not get very crispy.
If you are gluten-free, you can use gluten-free bread. Two brands that we really love are Glutino and Canyon Bakehouse. To me, these brands taste the most like “regular bread” and you get the most amount of bread for your money compared to other brands.
They also make a few different brands of gluten-free tomato soup that you can make as the perfect side.
If you are dairy-free, you can use vegan cheese and vegan butter. My son loves the Go Veggie cheese slices and vegan butter from I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter.