TODAY   |  April 11, 2014

Al and Willie make bacon and grilled cheese

In honor of National Grilled Cheese Day on Saturday, Al Roker and Willie Geist make grilled cheese sandwiches with Matt Fish, owner of Melt Bar & Grilled in Cleveland.

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>>> when you think about favorite comfort foods , grilled cheese has to be right at the top of the list.

>> since tomorrow is national grilled cheese day, we thought hey, let's do this. matt finch is the owner and founder --

>> american classic food for sure.

>> so let's start with the basic grilled cheese . we'll do a fancy one in a second. if you're making this at home, how do you approach it?

>> you guys are going to choose your bread. we've got some salted butter. whatever you guys like. your favorites. so what we do is we put the butter on both sides. because we're going to grill it on both sides. that's the key to the classic grilled cheese sandwich . it adds a lot of flavor profile to it. a texture. so after you butter it, boom, put it down. perfect, perfect.

>> and then pick your cheese.

>> you guys are pros. you should quit your day jobs. you can come work for me in cleveland.

>> what cheese has the best meltability?

>> for me, i'm going for classic american myself. but your favorites, we have pepper jack , cheddar today.

>> you can sometimes put on too many.

>> you can put on too many. those are about an ounce apiece, so we're going to go probably two is perfect. this is our finished product here. so you guys are making the classic grilled sandwich. down here what we have, we have a little take on the american classic . this is what we call the waking bacon. this gives you an idea of what you can do beyond the basics. at the restaurant in cleveland, we go from mild to wild. i mean, everything from lasagna, fried fish , shrimp, pulled meats.

>> is this cheddar?

>> yeah, we have two cheddar here. so go for it.

>> just put it all in?

>> there's really no rules to grilled cheese . that's the fun part.

>> you can do this all on one griddle, it looks like.

>> you can finish it in the oven.

>> nice. sweet.

>> there's a lot going on there.

>> al, i know you're a bacon fan.

>> boom.

>> look at that. that's a thing of beauty. and you can't have enough bacon, can you? let's be honest. happy grilled cheese day.

>> happy national grilled cheese day.

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