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Food to Make in Your Dorm: Grilled Cheese

Step right up, don’t be shy! Are you ready to witness something so amazing, so spectacular, you won’t believe it with your own two eyes?! What if I told you that you could make the most popular sandwich in America today in your very own dorm RIGHT NOW? A feat that can be accomplished with items you already possess  in about the same amount of time it takes to brush your teeth (assuming you brush the recommended 2-3 minutes)?! Those easily distracted may want to avert their eyes…

TA-DA!! Ironed Cheese! Grilled cheese made with just an ordinary clothes iron! Impressed? You shouldn’t be! It was possibly the easiest thing I’ve ever made!

To create your own “Ironed Cheese” YOU WILL NEED:

  • sliced cheese of your choice (I went with the classic American, but whichever kind you choose, make sure you get way more than you need so you have something to eat while the iron heats up)
  • 2 slices of white bread
  • some type of cooking spray (I used spray-able olive oil but any type of delicious fat will do)
  • 1 leftover piece of your roommate’s “binder-of-women” Halloween costume to cook on (or any clean piece of poster/cardboard)
  • 1 standard iron (make sure all of the water is emptied out of your iron before you begin or you’ll end up with a soggy sandwich)

CAUTION: The process of cooking your grilled cheese will cause your iron to become as greasy as a sorostitute tanning in the summer.

HOWEVER: This is easily fixed by patiently waiting for your iron to cool down, and then busting out your Lysol cleaning wipes.

After gathering your ingredients, crank up some Bob Marley (this is stoner food after all) and work some magic.

1. Pre-heat your iron. My particular iron’s sweet spot was at the highest setting (6 if you must know) but presumably your iron is different. Since irons don’t get extremely hot, I would try the highest setting first, as it seems to be the secret to the perfect crispy-ness to melty-ness ratio.

2. Prep your sandwich. After you’ve decided on the amount of cheese, close your sandwich and spray the top with your cooking spray.

3. Place your pre-built sandwich on your cardboard, oiled side up like this:

4. At this point your iron should be ready to go. Firmly grasp your iron, and smush it down onto your sandwich. Press firmly, and evenly, lifting up occasionally to check for browning and even weight/heat distribution. This will create a lovely crackling sound as the oil hits the hot iron, and soon your entire room will smell like grilled cheese. (You also get super cool iron patterns on the bread). Once the one side is browned to your liking, let your iron rest on top of the bread a bit to help melt the cheese.

5. Flip the sandwich over, and repeat the ironing process.

6. Once your grilled cheese is completely browned CONSUME IMMEDIATELY, and take a bow. You deserve it.

I was actually quite surprised at the effectiveness of the iron and its browning/melting ability. Although this method creates a fairly thin sandwich, it contains everything you could possibly want in a grilled cheese: the outside of the sandwich is perfectly browned and crispy, while the inside is full of hot melted cheese.

Once you’re set up each sandwich only takes about 3 minutes tops to make, so cranking out a bunch of these golden brown babies is a must (and actually easier than the traditional way). Since you already have the ingredients and the set up, you might as well feed your entire floor too — who doesn’t love a grilled cheese party?

About the Author

Catie Simpson

Catie is a junior majoring in Human Development and Family Studies. She's also the resident townie and culinary enthusiast due to a brief stint at the CIA (the culinary school not the secret government agency). She currently works at a Baby Temperament Lab on campus where she tries to get babies to do dangerous things. She's also on the twitter.


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