The Grilled Cheese Sandwich
We know, with the heat and drought we are experiencing, it is hard to comprehend that Fall is upon us, but according to the calendar it is so let’s turn our attention to a traditional Fall meal.
On our “kids menu” you will find one of America’s staple recipe items, one passed down from family to family to family and guaranteed to please just about anyone walking the planet. We are talking, of course, about the grilled cheese sandwich.
How you make it is a point of debate that we refuse to touch on in this article; every family member thinks they make the best grilled cheese sandwich and our own Chef Franson is pretty fond of his, too. The basics cannot be debated: grilled bread, usually on both sides, melted cheese in the middle, and condiments depending on taste and there you have it, the grilled cheese sandwich.
The grilled cheese sandwich has its origins from ancient cultures where evidence of cooked bread and cheese can be found in many reference materials. The American version, however, finds its origins in the Great Depression, when bread and cheese were staples that were easy to get and reasonably inexpensive. At that time, during the 1920s, it was called the “cheese dream” and was quite popular in practically every household.
The original version was made as an open-faced sandwich, with the top slice of bread an addition during the 1960s, and the grilled cheese sandwich was a standard meal during World War II, leading one to believe that there was a lack of qualified cooks in the Armed Forces and the simplest meals were the ones chosen, and really there is no meal easier to prepare than the grilled cheese sandwich.
We can’t tell you how Chef Franson makes his grilled cheese sandwiches. We are told it is a combination of cheeses grilled to exact standards and there might just be a secret ingredient thrown in there that gives his grilled cheese sandwiches that extra savory taste. All we know is that once you have tasted a grilled cheese at the Chef Point Café you will be asking your kids to order it so you can sneak a taste of theirs during your meal.
Gives a whole new meaning to the term “best family restaurant,” doesn’t it? If you are in Fort Worth and you have a craving for some fine dining at family prices, then swing by this local family restaurant and try out our tasty menu items; just make sure you have one of your children order the grilled cheese so you can have a bite.