Today, April 12, is National Grilled Cheese. It’s not like Americans needed an excuse to eat unhealthy, artery clogging fried cheese sandwiches, but we’ve got one now. Let’s make the most of it, shall we?
According to food historians, cooked bread and cheese is stretches back for centuries, enjoyed across the world in many cultures. The United States modern version of the grilled cheese sandwich originated in the 1920s when inexpensive sliced bread and American cheese became easily available. Originally it was made as an open-faced sandwich. Its popularity probably coincided with the Great Depression, but at least we can look back at that financial crisis and say one good thing came of it.
United States government cookbooks describe Navy cooks broiling “American cheese filling sandwiches” during World War II. Nothing feels better after a long day of war and death than a cheesy sandwich.
Grilled cheese sandwiches are versatile thanks to the ability to mix and match cheeses, bread, and seasonings. Adding sauteed vegetables or herb-infused oils can elevate this simple comfort food to a whole other level. Or, you can just throw bacon in that bad boy and call it a day. Either way, you can’t go wrong.
So enjoy National Grilled Cheese Day and be sure to check out the hilarious gallery above.