But before you FLOOD me with comments... this is not exactly the ultimate "grilled" cheese. That's because it's actually toasted and baked or broiled. So put that skillet away, we won't be needing it. In fact, this dish is perfect for a dorm room, since you only need a toaster oven.
What you do need:
- Slices of rye or Italian bread
- Slices of American cheese (or whatever melting cheese you have on hand; my mom likes Swiss, my husband, cheddar)
- Slices of ham (Other deli meats like turkey work well too)
Lightly toast bread.
Butter the bread on one side.
Place a slice of ham and a slice of cheese on top of the buttered bread.
Set in broiler (or oven at 400º) until cheese starts to bubble and turn golden (We're talkin' about 2-5 minutes).
To make it fancier, add a few slices of pear on top of the cheese when finished.