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Grilled Cheese, Please

Mayo is the key to devilandegg.coms delicious grilled cheese sandwiches.

Mayo is the key to's delicious grilled cheese sandwiches.

By Denise Mickelsen, senior editor

November 9th, 2010

It's cold outside, and windy, and I wish I could curl up on the couch with a mug of something hot and... a grilled cheese sandwich. Don't you? To me, grilled cheese is the most perfect sandwich in existence, and I thought I knew the secrets to making them well, but... Caroline at Devil and Egg has a grilled cheese tip that blew me away: for frying the sandwich, use mayo on the outside of the bread instead of butter. She says that the mayo "sort of caramelizes, forming a savory crust." I bet the flavor of the cheese (in my house, it's always sharp cheddar) would come through more, too, without having to fight against the butter for star billing.  I can't wait to try it!

So, are you on Team Butter or Team Mayo?

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Comments (7)

rubyofmyheart writes: ok, so now I have to try the mayo. What cheese do all of you use? Does it differ by which part of the coutry you are from? Also regular homemade white bread? I like my food to taste very good, so am anxious to hear just what you do. Posted: 6:00 pm on November 23rd

MelissaDenchak writes: Butter, mayo, who cares? It's a little after noon, and I want these for lunch! (That said, I love butter and I love mayo. Could I pick both? Or is that gross?...) Posted: 12:24 pm on November 10th

seejanecook writes: Mayo all the way. Been using it instead of butter for years. Now my secret is out! Posted: 11:40 am on November 10th

NicoleCelli writes: I never even thought about using mayo instead of butter until last year when I watched my friend do it. The smell it made when he cooked it turned me off automatically, but I'd be willing to try it in my own kitchen. Posted: 10:31 am on November 10th

ebarbour writes: it's the ONLY way I grew up eating grilled cheese! Mayo adds a salty depth to a grilled cheese that butter just doesn't measure up to. Posted: 6:07 pm on November 9th

DMickelsen writes: Having just learned the mayo trick, how can I judge? I've been making grilled cheeses with butter for years, but am always ready to try something new (unless it involves eggs, as you know)! Posted: 4:53 pm on November 9th

LisaWaddle writes: Not being a mayo fan (don't judge me, Ms. Egg Aversion) I know I would prefer butter. Although I'd be happy to take part in a side-by-side taste test. Posted: 4:32 pm on November 9th

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