This simple grilled cheese sandwich is a great alternative to eating out everyday when you're away from home. Use your creativity to deploy the ingredients around your hotel or dorm room to whip up this sandwich. Serve it with a leafy salad dressed with garlic lemon vinaigrette for a complete meal.
Preheat the iron by plugging it in and turning it up to its highest heat setting. While waiting for the iron to heat, butter both sides of your bread. The butter on the outside of the sandwich will prevent the bread from sticking to the aluminium foil when you press it with the iron. The butter on the inside is optional. I like to butter the inside because it makes the sandwich taste richer.
Place the sliced cheese on one of the slices of bread. If you have a microwave handy, zap the bread with the cheese for 30 seconds to melt the cheese. This gives your sandwich a head start so your iron can do less work. If you don't have a microwave handy, you can skip this step.
Assemble the sandwich by bringing the two slices of bread together to close the sandwich. Lay the sandwich on one side of the aluminium foil and fold over the other side. Don't wrap the foil around the sandwich like a parcel because the heat from the iron won't be able to reach the sandwich if you have too many layers of foil in the way.
Carefully press the hot iron on top of your wrapped sandwich for 2 minutes. You should hear a sizzle. Keep your hand on the iron to supervise it. Don't leave the iron unattended. Remove the iron after a few minutes. Peek into the foil and check on the sandwich. If the bread looks grilled to your satisfaction, flip over the sandwich and grill the other side for 2 minutes. If you want to grill the sandwich for longer, fold over the foil and press the hot iron into the wrapped sandwich for another 2 minutes. Then turn over to grill the other side.
When your sandwich is golden and crispy, it is ready to eat. Cut it in half. Enjoy your grilled cheese sandwich!
You can find most of these ingredients at the nearest grocery store. If you're in a remote place without access to a car, you can plan ahead and pack these ingredients in your bag before leaving for travel. Store the butter and cheese in an air-tight plastic container to keep the ingredients fresh (with an ice pack if you have extra room).