30 percent of Americans say the simple grilled cheese sandwich is their favorite.
Did you know that April is National Grilled Cheese Month? Americans make an estimated 2.2 billion grilled cheese sandwiches every year so it seems only appropriate that there is an entire month dedicated to the delicious concoction of melted cheese and buttery, toasted bread. This simple sandwich is beloved by children and adults alike and, like the hamburger, can be dressed up in so many different ways.
The modern grilled cheese as we know it has been around since about the 1920’s, although the French were making their version, the croque monsieur, a few decades before. Even the ancient Romans had their own recipes for a melted cheese sandwich of sorts. But the combination of sliced toasted bread and melted cheese came together after the automatic bread slicer was invented. In 1914 processed cheese was patented by James L. Kraft, so with the widespread availability of inexpensive cheese and pre-sliced bread, the sandwich came to be. During World War II the grilled cheese was a staple served to the troops. In the 1940’s and 50’s the grilled cheese was typically served open faced and called either a toasted or melted cheese sandwich. It wasn’t until the 1960’s that the term grilled cheese was first used in print.
Nowadays the grilled cheese is made with all kinds of cheese and often includes popular ingredients like tomato, bacon or avocado. Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month at Gunther Toody’s with our Four Cheese Grill. We make it with pepperjack, cheddar, Swiss and American cheese on grilled sourdough bread. Try one with some French fries on the side and a delicious milkshake!