Do you have simmies with a Grilled Cheese Aspiration? If so, I’m sure they’ll be celebrating today. Why not celebrate along with them and enjoy an ooey, gooey, delicious grilled cheese?
You might think there’s nothing more American than cheese melted between two slices of toasted bread, but a little investigation reveals the simple sandwich is actually an ancient meal. As far back as the ancient Romans, you can find recipes for melting cheese between slices of bread.
In the early 1900’s, the French began selling “crocque-monsieurs” — grilled ham and cheese — and the sandwiches have been popular ever since.
Of course, the grilled cheese as we know it today owes its gooey taste to Kraft Foods and the processed cheese they introduced in the 1920s. This new food product was perfect for another new invention: sliced bread.
Up until the 1960s “grilled cheese” was known as “toasted cheese” or “melted cheese” sandwiches. They appeared on many café and diner menus and became a favorite — especially with kids. Mothers loved them because even the pickiest eaters would gobble down every last bite.
Today’s “foodie culture” has ennobled the simple sandwich by creating sophisticated versions that include fruits, meats, and a variety of herbs and spices.
Here are a few “grown-up” versions of this simple, comfort-food favorite:
And don’t forget to check the archives here at Jonathan Chronicles. You’ll find 50 Ways to Grill Your Cheese! Maybe you’ll find exactly the sandwich you want to celebrate this very special day.