Classic grilled cheese

Time 10 minutes
Yields Serves 1
Classic grilled cheese
(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Place the sliced cheddar between the bread slices to assemble the sandwich.


Heat 1 to 2 tablespoons butter in a nonstick sauté pan over medium-high heat until melted. Place the sandwich in the pan and cook until one side is toasted to a rich golden color, then lift the sandwich out of the pan. Add additional butter to the pan, if needed, and when it is melted, place the sandwich back in the pan, untoasted side down. Cook until toasted and a rich golden color, then remove, slice and serve.

For a variation, substitute cave-aged Gruyère or Comté cheese for the cheddar, and rye bread for the pain au levain, and serve the sandwich with garlic pickles and French mustard.

S. Irene Virbila is a former restaurant critic and wine columnist for the Los Angeles Times. She left in 2015.
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