Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

April 12 is the day we celebrate one of the ultimate comfort foods, grilled cheese sandwiches. Melting cheese on bread has been around at least since the Romans, but grilled cheese sandwiches as we know them today didn’t become popular until the 1920s. When cheese became readily available, and so did sliced bread, a culinary delight was born. Though in the U.S., it is customary to have simply cheese melted on bread, there are international variations. In France, people enjoy Croque Monsieur (a grilled ham and cheese sandwich) while in Switzerland it is customary to melt the cheese and toast the bread separately before combining them. Coca Cola’s page about Grilled Cheese naturally suggests having a cold coke with your meal. 🙂 You can also check out the Facebook page for this day here. It has information and where to go for a free sandwich if you live in the right city.

Only three ingredients are necessary for your grilled cheese, of course: bread, cheese, and butter. But after that, you can add what pleases you. Personally, I love to pair tomato with mine, either a sliced tomato on the sandwich itself or a bowl of tomato soup. A couple other suggested variations are a Pesto Grilled Sandwich made on Italian bread. The recipe is here. There is also an Italian Grilled Cheese with garlic, oregano, and marinara sauce. You can find that recipe here.

Quotes about grilled cheese

Everyone prefers some foods over others, but some adults take this tendency to an extreme. These people tend to prefer the kinds of bland food they may have enjoyed as children – such as plain or buttered pasta, macaroni and cheese, cheese pizza, French fries and grilled cheese sandwiches – and to restrict their eating to just a few dishes.–Andrew Well

Grilled cheese and tomato soup is the ultimate comfort meal.–Ina Garten

I’m into grilled cheese.  Grilled cheese makes me feel beautiful!–Emma Stone

I’m just a regular 16 year old kid. I make good grilled cheese and I like girls.–Justin Bieber

I make this really good tomato soup from scratch and I do it with grilled cheese sandwich dippers on the side. That’s really, really, really good. And my grandma loves that. My grandma is the best cook ever so for her to love that makes me think it’s probably the best thing I make.–Gigi Hadid

My father, the lone male in our estrogen-heavy household, had always dealt with any kind of emotional situation or conflict by doing something concrete and specific. … Coming home in tears for reasons you just didn’t want to discuss? He’d go make you a grilled cheese, which he’d probably end up eating.–Sarah Dessen

I gut check my show. I say, I say, “Gut, gut, does that feel true to you?” And Gut says, “Yes it does, Stephen. Let’s get a grilled cheese sandwich.”–Stephen Colbert

How might an omnipotent being with the long view of history respond to those who visit the traveling exhibit of a grilled-cheese sandwich, sold on eBay, that is said to bear the image of the Virgin Mary? It certainly argues against intelligent design, or at least intelligent design in humans.–Anna Quindlen

I do like a little romance… just a sniff, as I call it, of the rocks and valleys. Of course, bread-and-cheese is the real thing. The rocks and valleys are no good at all, if you haven’t got that.–Anthony Trollope

The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.–Gilbert K. Chesterton

Age is of no importance unless you are a cheese.–Billie Burke

When cheese gets its picture taken, what does it say?–George Carlin

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