I love a good grilled cheese sandwich. Who doesn’t? Not so interested in getting your pots and pans dirty and firing up the stove? Try flipping your toaster on its side and making an improvised grilled cheese. While it’s not going to be the same as a great grilled cheese cooked the right way; in Paula Deen approved levels of butter.
Not all toasters and accomplish this feat and other get nervous just looking at it. Do what makes you comfortable. If you’re going to try it – there are a few things you might want to be aware of.
Some toasters shut off if they’re tipped over. Great safety feature – bad for this purpose. Other toasters have metal gates that come down on the toasted item to keep it in place. These will mush the cheese and cause you a smoking sticky problems. Don’t try it. If you’re going ahead with this – please take these necessary precautions and pay attention to these important points. Go forth with careful consideration.
- CLEAN OUT YOUR TOASTER - Turn it upside down and make sure there’s not crumbs or big chunks of bread lurking.
- DO A TEST RUN WITH BREAD - Check for any hot spots or weird toasting that might cause a problem.
- DO NOT LEAVE YOUR TOASTER UNATTENDED WHILE YOU’RE MAKING THIS - Ever. At all.
- WHEN YOUR TOAST IS DONE – YOUR TOASTER MAY FLING THEM ACROSS THE ROOM - Your toaster is designed to pop the toast up. When it’s on the side it very well may fly across the kitchen. Far. Be careful. Hot butter and cheese is like napalm. My toaster is old and the spring is bad so it just clicks and releases gently.
The picture will convey better than I’ll ever be able to put into words exactly what you’re doing. As an added note: if your toaster has the little “cages” inside which grip the toast as it’s lowered, you’ll need to wrap the sandwich in parchment paper or similar to keep from getting a melted gooey mess.