When my husband makes himself a “grilled cheese” sandwich, he takes his little waffle iron/press grill and presses several pieces of cheese in betwixt three pieces of bread. I say this is not an actual grilled cheese sandwich, but simply cheese pressed between bread, with an extra piece thrown in there for bulk.
A REAL grilled cheese sandwich begins with butter.
The bread is then flipped over and while the butter melts and starts to brown, cheese is layered across the top.
If you were going to add other ingredients, like already-cooked bacon or tomato slices, you would add them in now.
Then the top bread and more butter, which I forgot to photograph because I had turned the heat up and the bottom was already beginning to brown.
But that’s okay, because at this point, the melting cheese holds the bread together nicely for flipping the sandwiches over until they are browned to your satisfaction.
As we didn’t have any tomato soup on hand, I served our sandwiches with bread-and-butter pickles on the side.
While my husband did not concede that mine was the better sandwich (even though it is), he did clean his plate.