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The Best Basic Grilled Cheese

The Best Basic Grilled Cheese
Susan Russo for NPR /

This is a no-frills grilled cheese sandwich – the one that children love and that makes an adult feel like a kid again.

Makes 1 sandwich

2 slices favorite soft white bread

1 tablespoon real butter

2 slices American cheese

Butter one side of each slice of bread. Place slices, buttered side down, on a clean work surface. Place both slices of cheese on one slice of bread, slightly overlapping them. Top with the second slice of bread, buttered side up. Close the sandwich.

Place sandwich in a preheated nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook 2 minutes, or until the underside is golden brown and the cheese has begun to melt. Flip the sandwich with a spatula, pressing lightly to flatten. Cook 1 minute, or until it is golden brown and the cheese is completely melted. Slice in half on the diagonal. Eat it while it's hot.

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