Grilled Cheese for a crowd?
I'm doing massive amounts of grilled cheese next week...I'll have a large, flat griddle, but I need something to press them down with...My normal cast-iron skillet trick won't work; wrong shape, and probably not attractive enough...I'm thinking of wrapping something in aluminum foil to use as weights? Any suggestions, or better ideas?
One large weight doesn't allow for checking/turning of individual sandwiches. What about 2lb cans of tomato sauce (with attractive labels, if the visuals are important)? Wrap the can bottoms in foil. The cans are heavy enough, and you can work each sandwich separately on the griddle.
Don't know if you want to spend any $$ but I use my bacon press to weight down my grilled cheese.
We had 6 unexpected guests this winter and after a few glasses of wine people were getting hungry - so I just took out various cheeses, breads, jams, chutneys etc. and everyone made their own. It was great fun.
I would prep all of the sandwiches first. I usually don't butter the outside of the bread, but find it easier to just melt a decent amount of butter on the surface of the pan right before the sandwiches go on. You might want to butter the second side so that you can just flip over.
For a press, I would place a cookie sheet over all the sandwiches and then weigh down w/ 2-4 smallish bricks on top, whatever will provide you w/ even weight distribution. Wrapping bricks in foil may help to keep them cool.
If you aren't serving immediately, then have the oven at a low temp (200-250F) w/ a big pre-heated serving platter waiting to place your done sandwiches on. Less overcrowding or overlapping, more likely they'll retain their crunch on the outside. Good luck!
re: Carb Lover
Regarding preping first...
I usually make extra grilled cheese sandwiches and freeze leftovers.
If you use a really good, crunchy bread, you can take them right from the freezer to the oven (300 degrees) and heat them through beautifully.
They taste pretty much the same as fresh, believe it or not! (This is just with plain cheddar, or cheddar and Nueske bacon sandwiches.)
This might take some of the stress off the event.