A few years ago, my husband and I went to Florida. We were going to be staying in a friend’s condo for free, which was an amazing deal!
However, when we arrived, it wasn’t everything we expected. Apparently there had been some miscommunication between the owner and family members about who was caring for the condo.
It was… a disappointment to say the least. It was so dirty and disorganized. I don’t know if you have ever been to Florida, but they have these bugs called Palmetto bugs. They are similar to cockroaches and crawl out of the drains and toilets. Blech. When we walked into the condo, there were Palmetto bugs squished all over the floor! And it looked like someone had been living there because there were blankets and clothes thrown everywhere!
We were so excited to have saved a ton of money by staying at this free place on our vacation, so we tried to make it work. We spent three hours cleaning the entire condo which included my husband spending 20 minutes trapped in a bathroom with a giant, angry spider and a game of hide-and-seek with a lizard in the living room.
When I went to vacuum the bedroom, I discovered the entire wall behind the bed was covered in mold (It turned out that the condo next door had a giant leak and was soaking the walls with water to this condo, creating mold)! We gave up after that. Since it was so late, we did stay one night in the condo, but we left for a few hours to get something to eat.
I was dirty and tired and hated the vacation so far.
We found this cute little diner to grab some food and I spotted my meal immediately: the GrownUp Grilled Cheese.
It was everything I needed. Ooey, gooey, cheesy perfection. They took a simple grilled cheese and just took it to a whole new level.
I knew that when I got home, my usual grilled cheese needed an upgrade.
Here are my secret tips to make an amazing grilled cheese!
The ingredients and bread type don’t really have an effect on what I’m about to share with you.
Obviously the harder the bread and the better cheese quality (don’t use American, please) will give you a better grilled cheese. I usually stick with whole wheat bread, sharp cheddar cheese, and a slice of tomato. Sometimes I throw in avocado or a black bean burger. In the sandwich above, I have used mozzarella cheese, tomato slices, and a veggie burger for extra protein.
Steps for an Amazing Grilled Cheese:
Step 1: Butter one side of the bread. Sprinkle powdered garlic powder and grated parmesan cheese onto the butter. Put butter side down in a skillet heated on medium heat.
Step 2: Add your cheese to the bread. If adding other fillings, like tomato, make sure you add cheese on both sides of the filling so the bread will stick. So it will go bread, cheese, tomato, cheese, bread.
Step 3: Put a lid on the pan to allow the cheese to melt without burning the bread.
Step 4: Once the cheese is starting to melt, add the second piece of bread with butter, garlic powder, and grated parmesan. When the piece of bread in touching the pan is a nice golden brown, carefully flip your sandwich and cover again until the bottom piece of bread is a golden brown and cheese is melted.
Enjoy! Guaranteed this will take your grilled cheese to a whole new level and you’ll never go back!