Pan Fried Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This is the simplest and probably most pleasing breakfast or dinner I can imagine when camping. The trifecta of fat, starch and heat just can't be beat. 


  • A very good quality loaf of crusty bread (I like Country White or Challah) 
  • A combination of your favorite hard cheeses-- Manchego, Gruyere, Cheddar, aged Provolone or Gouda, for example 
  • Knob or two of salted butter, softened 


  • Cut two slices off the loaf.
  • Generously butter the "outside" and "inside" of each slice.
  • Grate the cheeses until you have a generous mound to fill between the bread slices.
  • Heat the remaining butter in a frying pan over medium heat. 
  • Place the sandwich in the pan and cook on each side until golden- to-dark brown. The cheese and butter will melt.