Is your stovetop broken? Have you just moved, and don't have your own frying pan yet? Or are you just looking for an alternative way to make a grilled cheese sandwich? Here's how to make your next lunch with an iron...
Turn on your clothes iron. Set the iron on its highest setting, (usually "Linen" or "Cotton").
Cut a piece of aluminum foil big enough to wrap around the sandwich.
Place the hot iron flat on the foil-wrapped sandwich, (this doesn't hurt the iron). Let the iron sit on the foil for about 30 seconds; peek inside to see if the sandwich has been toasted.
Flip the foil packet over when the first side is done; repeat the previous step.
Open the foil, and put the sandwich onto a plate.
You can keep and reuse the foil several times. All you have to wash is a knife and a plate, and it takes less electricity than an electric stovetop with a frying pan.
You can do this safely on your kitchen counter, but a heat-safe cutting board or a clear spot on the top of the stove is safer.
Until you are familiar with how long it takes to cook, check the sandwich frequently. You can always cook it longer, but you can't un-burn it!
This same technique can be used to make a grilled ham and cheese sandwich. Just add the ham to the sandwich as well as cheese. Regular lunchmeat style deli ham works fine.
In the movie Benny and Joon, Sam makes grilled-cheese sandwiches with an iron. Although he doesn't use aluminum foil, watch the movie for some flipping techniques!
Always be careful when working with a hot iron. You may burn yourself, burn something around you, or even start a fire. Be cautious!
Don't forget that the foil will also be hot so use care while opening the foil pouch.
Make sure the "steam" setting is off before you start. Then be sure to turn off and unplug the iron when you are done using it.
Don't put too much cheese in the sandwich, or it will melt out the sides and the bread will get stuck to the foil. Or you can use non-stick foil with no problem.