Sometimes the simple things are the best things to eat. My simple things I love most are cheese and bread.
It’s not elegant, sexy or cutting edge, but a decent grilled cheese sandwich can make your lunch break. This (very) short post is my take on a classic grilled cheese, using sourdough bread.
Like a lot of people these days, sourdough bread is my absolute favourite. It’s hardy, versatile and tastes good whether you toast it or not. I was recently gifted a big box of goodies from *Gradz Bakery (you can buy their bread via Ocado) which included various loaves such as rye and honey, and chia bread. I’m a big fan of a classic sourdough, so I used their signature bake with hemp and pumpkin seeds to make my toasted sandwich.
The photos below show a selection of the breads I was sent to try. Heads up, there’s gluten free and yeast free options in the range, and my husband enjoyed the GF very much.
- Two large slices of sourdough (I used Gradz Bakery)
- 75g of grated mature cheddar (I used Cathedral City)
- 2 slices of thick carved ham
- Teaspoon olive oil
Heat the oil gently in a frying pan
Butter one side of both pieces of bread. You could add mustard at this point if you wanted.
On the dry side of one piece add the cheese and the ham before adding the other piece on top (dry side down)
Place the sandwich in the pan. You want it golden before you turn it, but the cheese needs time to melt so keep the heat low-medium
Flip the grilled cheese and wait for the second side to crisp up
Half with a heavy-duty knife and serve. I like mine with a side of gherkins because I’m a child of the 1980s and proud of it.
If you like a grilled cheese cooked by someone else, I can highly recommend Kilder in Digbeth. They do some monster toasties in there with exciting cheeses from all over the country.
*Disclosure: I was gifted the bread included in this post. The other ingredients I purchased myself and I was not paid for this blog post. I simply liked the bread and wanted to share that with you.