Time: 15 minutes
Music Selection: John Denver – Sunshine on my Shoulders
Comfort food and comforting song… peaceful, blissful – everyone needs a “go to” breakfast and song on those days when it is hard to get going.
8 slices bread
4-8 cheddar cheese slices (you can use other cheese, too, like Monterey Jack, Havarti (dill is great) or Swiss)
Optional: 4 slices ham (or crispy cooked bacon)
Optional: sliced dill pickles
Optional: 4 fried eggs – we like them over easy
Optional: sliced tomato
Optional: sliced avocado or guacamole
Open up bread slices in pairs, for four sandwiches. On each slice of bread place a cheese slice – cut up a few extra pieces, if needed to ensure bread is covered. On one slice of bread, per pair, place a slice of ham. If you like other toppings, like dill pickles, fried eggs and tomato, also layer them. Close the sandwiches with the remaining slice that just has cheese. On the top of each sandwich, spread a good amount of butter.
Heat a pan to medium heat and place one or two sandwiches, with butter down. Watch closely until it browns. While it is frying, spread butter on the top of the sandwich. When the bottom is browned, flip and brown the other side. To ensure the cheese is all melted, either place a lid on for a minute or two, or if your pan is cast iron and can go in the oven, you can place it in a 350 deg F oven for 3 minutes.
For some reason this also needs to be served with a huge glass of fresh orange juice!
Our favorite combination: cheddar slice, swiss slice, ham, pickles and runny egg!