I was so excited Saturday to think I had come up with an original idea that solved my dinner dilemna when my family got home from choir practice after 9pm ravenously hungry. My menu plan had grilled cheese sandwiches on the plan and I had all the ingredients. The problem was that Friday night a piece fell off the hood of my range and landed on my new (less than 6 month´s old) glass top stove and broke it. I was unsure about using the burners until I talked with our landlord. Plus the nice big griddle that I used to use on my old gas stove will not work on the new stove due to it not being flat on the bottom. I was looking at a long process of cooking up 1 or 2 sandwiches at a time on the back burner of the stove to feed all 6 hungry mouths. Then I thought, what if I just put all the sandwiches together on a big cookie sheet and put them in the oven under the broiler? I did just that with enough room for 9 sandwiches on my cookie sheet. I watched them carefully and when the tops were nice and golden brown I flipped them over to do the other side. We all LOVED how they turned out. The cheese inside was melted perfectly and there was a nice balance on the bread between being soft from the melted butter and having a little crunch from the toasted edges. The best part was that all the sandwiches were done at the same time and we were able to sit down together and eat without Mom in the kitchen as the short order cook. Totally works for me and I think it may be the way I always do grilled cheese, at least whenever I need to make them for more than just one or two of us.
Check out what works for others on this week´s Works For Me Wednesday link up.
Oh, and what a surprise to head over to Laura´s blog Monday and see her weekly plan including Oven Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. Great minds think alike I guess. (but I do like my idea of using the broiler setting so I can easily see exactly how toasted my bread is getting and when to flip them over).