I’m sure there are fabulous, elegant grilled cheese recipes that involve artisanal cheese, tapenade and a panini press. I’m sure too that you will be a hit among your adult friends if you make one of those recipes and serve it to them with an Alice Waters-inspired salad and perhaps a nice glass of wine.
This is not that recipe.
This recipe is for some night when it’s late, and your child is tired and hungry and just really wants a nice, comforting grilled cheese.
The Child and I had such a night on our recent Idaho trip: After a long day, she laid in her hotel bed and said, Mommy, I’m hungry.
Only the grilled cheese from the restaurant next door would appease her. So, I went and got one for her.
I mentioned to the waitress that The Child thought there was something very special about their grilled cheese: She’s only ever had one and it’s already become her comfort food. The waitress replied, there is something special about them – do you want to know the secret?
Of course I do.
And she told me – no extra charge.
Red Light Garage Grilled Cheese
2 slices white bread
1-2 slices cheddar cheese
1/2 slice provolone cheese
salted butter, softened
Place cheddar cheese slices on a slice of bread to make a single, even layer. Place half a slice of provolone cheese on top of cheddar (at an angle or however it works best for you. Put the other piece of bread on top.
Butter the bread on the outside and fry in a very hot pan until cheeses are melted.
If you should happen to visit Wallace, Idaho, stop by the Red Light Garage and thank that waitress in person.