Taking your grilled cheese to the next level

Franklin Dai ’21

Mayonnaise and shredded cheese. To the average grilled cheese consumer, these two things sound strange and terrifying when mentioned in the same sentence. I will undo these preconceptions and take your grilled cheese to the next level.

Mayonnaise, love it or hate it, is not used conventionally for a grilled cheese sandwich. It does not belong anywhere near the inside of grilled cheese. It belongs on the outside of the sandwich as a substitution for butter. Mayonnaise has a higher smoking point than butter meaning it’s harder to burn. Now, you might say “I’m not a bad cook, I don’t burn my bread.” This might be  true; mayo’s higher smoking point, however, allows for more time on the grill, thus more time to melt your cheese.

Mayonnaise also results in a lighter, less greasy piece of bread that is just as crunchy in your end-product.

Mayonnaise also results in a lighter, less greasy piece of bread that is just as crunchy in your end-product. If you’re reluctant to try mayonnaise on your sandwich because of your hatred for the condiment, then you’re in luck as all traces of mayonnaise flavor are removed once you finish grilling the sandwich.

By using sliced cheese instead of shredded cheese, you’re doing a disservice to yourself. Everything about shredding your own cheese is superior: you have no overlapping lumps of cheese and your cheese will melt easier. The opportunities for shredded cheese are so much greater than those of sliced cheese. You can mix cheeses, and choose virtually any cheese rather than just sticking to the simple Swiss, American, or cheddar cheeses. 

Poll by Austin Zhuang ’22

If you think to yourself, “Why would I shred my own cheese, using pre-sliced cheese is so much easier,” then you must ask yourself if that’s the varsity move. Is it the varsity move to take the easy option for a grilled cheese that did not live up to its potential? 

“We do things not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”

President John F. Kennedy

To quote President John F. Kennedy, “We do things not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”