A Mess. A gooey, sticky, runny delicious mess.

Greetings, loyal minions. Your Maximum Leader is embroiled in a debate. A hot debate. A gooey debate. A melty-cheesey debate.

You see, yesterday, your Maximum Leader’s buddy Kevin posted a photo of what he purported was a “grilled cheese” sandwich. You can see the image by clicking on this linky. You will not that the first image shows bread, cheese and meat after a light grilling. Your Maximum Leader tweeted in a Darth Vader-eqsue way “Nooooooooooooooooo!” In your Maximum Leader’s opinion, this image shows a grilled sandwich to be sure, but the addition of meat precluded it from being a true “grilled cheese” sandwich.

Thus the debate was joined.

Kevin posted a fine reply to the various tweets your Maximum Leader had been broadcasting on the subject. That post is here: The Great Grilled-cheese Debate.

The sides break down thusly: Kevin believes that we should be flexible in our definition of what constitutes a “grilled cheese” sandwich. The inclusion of meat does not preclude the sandwich from still being a “grilled cheese” sandwich. Your Maximum Leader believes the “bemeated” sandwich ceases to be a “grilled cheese” sandwich and starts to be some other sort of sandwich. Your Maximum Leader would posit that the sandwich that started the debate could be a “grilled ciabatta” sandwich.

You should take a moment and read the comments to this post. Indeed, you should weigh in on the subject yourself. Comment here or over there. (It matters not to your Maximum Leader - although it might make it easier to manage if you commented there.)

Let us continue the suffering on both sides caused by this debate! Should we find a middle way and except a broad definition of “grilled cheese?” Should we stand up and support the Platonic ideal of “grilled cheese-ness” that precludes “bemeating” a grilled cheese?

Make your opinions known! Shout out from the rooftops (or at least in the comments) what is a grilled cheese sandwich.

The world will be a better place if we can put this argument to rest once and for all.

Remember - you can’t “bemeat” a grilled cheese!

Carry on.

4 Comments »
Kevin Kim said:

I’m surprised you didn’t use your forum, here, to expand on your argument. I have to admit that you have definitional simplicity on your side, though this still doesn’t deter me from my belief that a bit of categorical flexibility is called for. (See my comment on “the heap problem,” in reply to Charles, on my comment thread.)

You may have noticed that my brother Sean added his two cents on my blog — siding with you, damn his eyes!



Elisson said:

Maximum Leader, I confess that I must side with you on this topic.

A Grilled Cheese Sandwich - simplicity itself! - consists of bread, cheese, and butter. Herbs, if used with a light touch, are a possible optional addition, but the defining characteristic of the Grilled Cheese is that the cheese is the star of the show… and no supporting players are either necessary or permitted.

Feel free to add meat to your Grilled Cheese… but then you needs must call it something else, for it no longer meets the basic definition.



Elisson. You have the gift of wisdom in this matter.



Kevin Kim said:

Foul!

Et tu, Elisson?



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