I'm not from the USA, so let me take you on my voyage of discovery.
Where I'm from a grill is a hot element, usually built in to your oven, that cooks things from above with radiant heat.
Cheese on toast, cooked under a grill is common here. So when I heard people talking about grilled cheese I imagined it was similar.
But then I saw it and realised no, this isn't mere cheese on toast. There are two layers of bread, a whole sandwich.
This hot cheesy concoction is what I would call a toastie. I wouldn't ideally use the grill, but it works well enough.
Mystery solved, until I found out that what I call a grill is known as a broiler in most of the USA.
And it's not a broiled cheese, so how is it cooked?
I asked a friend, what do they call a grill?
They explained it's a hot flamey contraption with a wire rack over it that you use outside.
Aha, a barbecue I thought!
But surely you wouldn't barbecue a sandwich.
So, I ask, how do you cook a grilled cheese?
It's fried, they reply.Post too long. Click here to view the full text.