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Grilled Cheese Sandwich in a Minute or Less

Back when I was in college, sometimes I wouldn’t have enough time to eat.  The following is one of my best tricks for a quick meal on the run.

Instead of grilling cheese over the stove, I would do the following:

  • Put either 2 or 4 slices of bread in the toaster and let brown to normal desired level of toasting.
  • Put two slices of American Cheese slices between each pair of toast so that it looks like a typical grilled cheese sandwich
  • On a microwave save plate (or napkins/paper plate), put the toast and cheese in the Microwave and cook for 13 seconds or unit the cheese start to melt.
  • After 13 seconds if the cheese isn’t melted, put it back in for 3 seconds more.  Repeat until the cheese is soft or melted to your satisfaction.  Personally, I don’t like my cheese running wet, soft is just fine for me…

An additional step I use to do was to put butter on the top of the sandwich, but that took too much time, so I cut that step out.  I doesn’t add much time, but when you are in a hurry… You are in a hurry!

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Now most of you already know this trick, but I’ve come across enough people that I thought that I would share my little trick.  Yes, technically it’s not a grilled cheese sandwich, but it taste about the same.

A nice compliment to the microwaved “grilled cheese” sandwich would be carrot sticks or some other veggie that you could just grab out of the refrigerator while running out the door to class or work.  My favorite was carrot sticks, because they are not wet or stick and easy to chew on while in the car or walking…

Note, if you don’t use butter, this version of a grilled cheese sandwich is almost identical to the original grilled cheese sandwich, but in a fraction of the time, and without any real cleanup afterwards (this assumed you use a paper plate or a napkin instead of dishes).

Do you have any quick, time saving cooking tips?



17 Responses to Grilled Cheese Sandwich in a Minute or Less

  1. That’s the exact same thing that I do for a quick grilled cheese lunch. When you’re not using American cheese it takes a bit longer, but I think it’s worth it for Pepper Jack Grilled Cheese.

    • I’ve never tried pepper jack before, but I have tried other cheeses and it was pretty good too. But as you said, American Cheese is quick and predictable with respect to cooking time.

  2. Looks so tempting and even the picture is just so perfect. I take the usual toast with either butter or American cheese but most of the time its butter. Instead of grilling cheese over the stove I’ll try what you shared, thanks! 😉

    • True, but I’m willing to bet that I did this technique before you did 🙂

      In fact, I’m willing to bet I did this before most people did (lol). I just assumed that everybody did it. Imagine my surprise whenever I make one that people around me are amazed.

  3. When my husband and I moved in together and consolidated stuff, we opted for keeping my iron as he admitted the only thing he ever used his for was making grilled cheese sandwiches.