1. Use French Butter.
With a higher smoke point and butter fat content, French butter makes the bread golden and crispy.
2. Butter the bread not the pan.
Be liberal with the butter and lightly toast one side of the bread before flipping and adding cheese.
3. Choose fresh hearty bread sliced ½ inch thick.
This thickness keeps the butter-to-bread ratio at its tasty perfection.
4. If you use a hard or semi-hard cheese, grate it first.
Grated cheese melts much easier and allows you to create gooey goodness without burning the bread.
5. Griddle low and slow.
Be patient, use low heat. You want to toast the bread to a golden brown and give the cheese time to melt into the pan.
6. Timing is everything with add-ons.
Add things like ham or prosciutto early, but fresh herbs, tomato, or apple slices should be added just before serving.
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