Don’t Add Mayo To Your Grilled Cheese…And Here’s Why!

I was scrolling through Facebook when I found what I thought was the tip of the day! According to the post, you should not butter your grilled cheese but rather put mayonnaise on it instead. I was seriously so excited, I told my husband it was what he was having for supper!

I was already sitting at my kitchen table catching up on the day with my husband, Michael. I glanced at this post and was floored. I even subjected my husband to my expectations along with reading him the entire post out loud (like he didn’t know how to read). He even thought it sounded delicious!

So off to the pantry and fridge to gather the ingredients. I didn’t have mayonnaise, but I did have Miracle Whip. They are incredibly similar, so I spread it on one side of the bread. I heating my pan to medium heat like I do with all my toasted sandwiches, and then added some Mexican blend shredded cheese per my husband’s request. And this is what happened.

Grilled Cheese Epic Fail!

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I had this sticky, gummy mess in my pan. I thought, oh, I must have flipped it too early. So I cooked the other side for a few minutes longer. And this is what I had.

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Wow! What a mess! I just stopped at this point in time because I knew that we were at the point of scorched pans and fire detectors squealing.

So I scrubbed.

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And I scrubbed…

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Until I had it mostly cleaned. Seriously, I had to use elbow grease and took a few precious minutes away from my family time. I really despise doing dishes.

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The Right Way To Grill A Cheese Sandwich

So now that the pan was clean, I decided to make grilled cheese my way. So I turned the glass top burner to medium heat.

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And I added about 1 tbsp. Canola oil.

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Then I added a pat of butter, about 1 tbsp. Now this gets a whole lot of grease, so I take my two slices of bread and coat both sides of both pieces in the oil and butter mixture (I had to use margarine in this picture because I was out of unsalted butter. Anyone that knows me knows I prefer unsalted butter any day over margarine!)

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Leave the last slice in the pan after you have coated both sides. Sprinkle your cheese in the middle.

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Put your second slice on top.

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Wait 20 to 30 seconds and then flip!

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Seriously! So much prettier than the last one! Wait 20 to 30 more seconds and serve (unless you like it darker). Cut with your spatula, and voila! AND IT’S NOT STUCK TO THE PAN!!! SERIOUSLY EASY CLEAN UP IN ABOUT 30 SECONDS!

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Okay, so I am no perfect photographer. But this was seriously so crispy and cheesy. So I asked Mike his opinion, and his advice? “Don’t always believe what you read.” He also thought that the Miracle Whip sandwich was too soggy and overpowering taste of the mayo spread.

The grilled cheese classic? Mike says that it’s just the way it’s supposed to be. Now it’s your turn. You decide which is the best.

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