Foodies across North America have fun with their national food days. There is one for peanut butter, oatmeal cookies, Caesar salad, or whatever else you can think of. You just need to follow these things.
Some of these national food days originated with the American Government as a way to promote a specific foods or agricultural products. Others just seemed to happen without reason. Today’s National Grilled Cheese Day is one of those.
This simple sandwich of melted cheese and grilled bread has a long history but it’s popularity spread in the 1920′s when sliced bread became commercially available. The smoothly sliced bread was perfect for grilling with some cheese inside.
Many children were raised having processed cheese slices in their sandwiches. Today foodies have made the Grilled Cheese Sandwich into something quite special. You can find them stuffed with lobster, vegetables, chicken, porchetta, all sorts of cheeses are used, anything is possible.
I make mine pretty simple, but my cheese isn’t processed, I like to use aged cheddar. Challah is the perfect foil for the sharp cheese. Cook it slowly on a low heat, don’t rush, let the bread gently turn golden and the cheese turn into a molten river.