Tuesday, 1 May 2012

(Fried) Grilled Cheese Sandwich

I'd heard about grilled cheese sandwiches in various films and TV series from the USA, but it wasn't until I looked into it that I realised that they are actually fried. As far as I can discover, in American English grilling is the equivalent of frying in British English and broiling is the American English equivalent for grilling in British English. Regardless of cultural differences, grilled/fried cheese sandwiches are rather tasty.


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 slices of bread
  • 100g cheddar cheese, sliced
  • 5 olives, thinly sliced
  • 1 chilli pepper, thinly sliced


  1. Heat a frying pan over a medium heat.
  2. Add the olive oil to the frying pan and wait for a couple of minutes for it to heat up.
  3. Place the slices of bread on a couple of plates and place the cheese on two of the slices.
  4. Cover the cheese of one slice with olives and use the chilli slices to do similarly on the other slice.
  5. Carefully place the empty slices of bread over the cheese and olive/chilli stacks.
  6. Transfer the two sandwiches to the frying pan and fry for a couple of minutes on each side, until it's gone a wonderful crispy brown colour.
  7. Enjoy while hot, possibly with a blob of ketchup on the side.
Serves 2.

1 comment:

  1. Usually we make these without the olive oil. Instead, the bread is buttered on the outside and then toasted on a dry skillet. The butter does the frying bit. Also an American grilled cheese never has olives. Just plain cheese, occasionally with a little mayo. Sometimes with the blob of ketchup on the side.