April Is Grilled Cheese Month

Sunrise Senior Living  |  April 18, 2012

April is National Grilled Cheese Month, and while you may not want to spend all 30 days eating a cheese sandwich, once and a while these scrumptious lunchtime treats will definitely hit the spot. Although it may seem as though every day is a new National Food Day, you may not realize that some special items get their own month.

The beauty of grilled cheese is that you can be the chef. Picking your favorite kinds of cheese and toppings and grilling them on bread makes for a quick and easy meal, and one that is sure to excite your taste buds. Martha Stewart reports that choosing the perfect bread is key, and that it should be crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, but not so flavorful that it takes away the cheese's flavor.

Of course, if you prefer strict guidance on how to perfect the grilled cheese, the best option is to go to the original. Here's All Recipes' take on the American classic:

Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Adapted from All Recipes

2 slices white bread
1 tablespoon and 1-1/2 teaspoons butter, divided
1 slice Cheddar cheese

Preheat skillet over medium heat.

Generously butter one side of a slice of bread.

Place bread butter-side-down onto skillet bottom and add 1 slice of cheese. Butter a second slice of bread on one side and place butter-side-up on top of sandwich.

Grill until lightly browned and flip over; continue grilling until cheese is melted.

If this recipe isn't exciting enough to excite you, then consider adding some creative toppings inside the sandwich, such as cherry tomatoes, arugula or shallots.