By NICK WOOTEN (@nwootened)
Photo credit goes to centralmarket.com.
It’s just after 10 p.m., and my favorite episode of American Dad featuring rock band My Morning Jacket is playing. But something is amiss; my stomach is singing whale songs.
It’s grilled cheese time.
I might be at home, and there may be other food in the house, but old habits die hard. I reached for the bread, butter and cheese just the same as I would have in my dorm.
Perhaps it’s because it's easy. Underneath this moderately well-dressed and groomed facade, I am among the laziest of men.
Perhaps it's because I make the best grilled cheese I’ve ever had. My mom, girlfriend and one of my best friends -- who just happens to be fellow YS writer Justin Baxley -- agree, and they aren’t biased parties at all, right?
Regardless, I can at least give you a tip or two to make some ooey, gooey grilled cheese.
Turn the stove on medium heat. Mine has a knob with numbers ranging from 1-10; four seems to be your number for grilled cheese. As the pan heats, cut half a tablespoon of butter and add it to the pan. (Pro tip: If you have some of that Papa John's Garlic Butter leftover from the night before and don’t know what to do with it, pour it in that pan instead of regular butter. You’ll love it.)
I know what you’re thinking -- But Nick, my cholesterol!?
I’m not your doctor, and I don’t care. If you want to be healthy, go somewhere else. Nearly all of my meals consist of several meats and caffeine. But if that bothers you, use some butter substitute or whole wheat bread which brings me to my next point.
Assemble the sandwich. I prefer to use the plain-label, brown-bagged and yellow-colored Captain John Derst bread. I use two Kraft Singles slices and overlap them. (If you must have meat, Black Forest Ham or Smoked Turkey are my personal choices. Please note the meat may not be warm if you follow my steps.) Once the sandwich is assembled, place it in the pan.
This is optional, but I recommend using a light pinch of garlic and onion powder on the top and bottom of the sandwich. Now, cover the sandwich. Yes, cover the sandwich in the pan. The seam will get the cheese to melt perfectly and heat all of the sandwich.
Let the first side sit for 30 seconds longer than the second. I generally go with 2 minutes on the first side and one minute, 30 seconds on the second side. The sandwich at this stage will be medium brown and crispy. (If you prefer golden brown, go for one minute, 30 seconds on the first side, then one minute on the second side. If you like it nearly black, go two minutes, 30 seconds on the first side and two minutes on the second side.)
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Stay hungry, readers.