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Grilled Cheese with a Clothes Iron

Does anybody here make grilled cheese sandwiches with a clothes iron? I have read about people doing this, but it seems a little silly. Would anybody care to convince me of this method's benefits?

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  1. If you do it use a peice of foil between the iron and the sandwich

    1. The only benefit is that it can be made in a dorm room when you don't have a hot plate & skillet. Otherwise, I'd always go with traditional methods

      1. The weight of the iron also acts like a sandwich press, which can be nice.

        1. It's just a fun thing to do, and very amusing as an 8-year old! :-)

          1. My grandmother used to make them this way with a cast-iron iron...never tried it with an electric one. I remember loving the sandwiches this way.

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            1. re: susan1353

              ditto. my mom used to make them while the woodstove was heating up the house. best thing in the world when it was chilly out.

              this thread reminds me of making "toast" by flipping a piece of bread on a hot plate in a wee london flat though, or the time i rigged a couscouserie with a pot and a strainer and a pair of men's tube socks (clean) though. yearned-for taste is the mother of great culinary invention.

            2. When I was in college only the women did this. But then only the women had irons. Maybe this being the 60's had something to do with it.

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              1. re: puzzler

                As a man who went to college in the late 90's, i can say, what's an iron? Actually, thats not true, my mom sent me to college with an iron and i don't think it came out of the box while i was there (and probably still hasn't to this day).

                I can't see anyone making grilled cheese with an iron unless you don't have a kitchen or want to channel your inner Alton Brown.

              2. I'm appalled that anybody would suggest misusing an iron for making grilled cheese sandwiches! EVERYBODY knows that an iron's only true purpose is for waxing skis!

                1. There is a great method in one of Bob Blumer's Surreal Gourmet books. Some other fun ideas too..

                  1. I, personally, don't, but they did in Benny & Joon (the movie).