The technique and the ingredients you choose make the difference between a good grilled cheese sandwich and a great grilled cheese sandwich.
Why This Recipe Works
In our Monterey Melts recipe, the right ingredients ,coupled with the proper technique gave us perfect sandwiches. Buttering the bread—not the pan—gave our sandwiches the most even browning. Cooking the sandwiches over medium-low heat allowed the cheese to melt evenly and the bread to brown deeply. For a sandwich the California flavors, we combined Monterey Jack cheese with avocado, bacon, sliced turkey, and pickled jalapeño chiles. For a crisp crust, we pressed the Monterey Melts with a cake pan to mimic a panini press.