I've long been a fan of grilled cheese. When I was little, my mother worked during the day, and my dad at night. So he was home with me during the day and saw to my meals. He was a good cook, and he was a master at grilled cheese. Every sandwich came out perfectly crisp and golden. My dad even had a special name for grilled cheese made for me.
He would say, "I know what you want for lunch! A girl cheese sandwich!".
I would laugh and say, "Daddy, it's grilled cheese!"
"Really?", he'd reply. "I thought it was girl cheese, because little girls love it."
Anyways, on to my recipe for grilled cheese. I grew up in Upstate New York. Two things we're famous for: extra sharp New York cheddar and apples. Eating them together is a New York tradition. I developed this sandwich when I was in college. It's the best of two New York specialties.
Grilled Apple Cheese Sandwich
2 slices wheat bread
1 tablespoon margarine, room temperature
1 Granny Smith apple, sliced thin (substitute fairly tart apple of your choice here)
2-3 0z. Extra Sharp New York State Cheddar, sliced thin (I use Heluva Good, made in Sodus, NY)
Spray a non-stick skillet with cooking spray. Heat skillet until hot. Meanwhile, butter your wheat bread. Place one slice, butter side down, in pan. Arrange apples and cheese on top. Cover with other slice of bread, butter side up. Fry until bottom of sandwhich is golden brown. Flip and repeat on other side. (Note: the most important thing to remember when making grilled cheese, is to only flip once. So don't use your flip until the bottom is really cooked.) Makes 1 sandwich.