Next up for celebration is the first foodie. Are you hungry? With the April being National Grilled Cheese month, one might wonder why a single day is designated as celebration of the grilled cheese sandwich. Any time one hears the expression 'grilled cheese', isn't the sandwich the first thing that comes to mind? I have heard of fried cheese (no bread necessary) but grilling cheese without the bread might be a bit tricky. So, for this celebration, let's just stick with the sandwich.
April 12 is ...
National Grilled Cheese
A Bit of History...
|Open-faced Grilled Cheese|
International versions have existed for years, including “toast,” from Israel, “kasarli tost,” from Turkey, and “toasties,” from Britain. Other, meatier versions also exist, like the French “croque monsieur,” the Dutch “tosti kaas,” and Scottish “roasted cheese.”
The sandwich, then called a “cheese dream,” gained even more popularity during the Great Depression as rations grew slim. But grilled cheese has gone from functional staple to deluxe dinner item thanks to a little help from Kraft singles, which debuted in 1949, and helped promote grilled cheese as a nostalgic, childhood treat.
Today Americans consume more than two billion grilled cheese sandwiches a year. That’s a whole lot of sandwiches. For a heart-health spin on the delicious grilled cheese, here are a few tips:
♥ Whole wheat bread is a healthier option than white.By the way, be sure to use REAL BUTTER! It is actually better for you than any of the artificial margarines.
♥ Choose sharper cheese like an aged cheddar. The cheese’s natural kick will let you use less in the sandwich while getting the same amount of flavor. Do NOT use fat-free cheese. No fat means the cheese will have a hard time melting.
♥ Instead of frying a grilled cheese in a pan of melted butter, try a panini maker or lightly spray a sauté pan with olive oil. [NOT my fav!]
Color me GONE!