I actually no longer make it in a pan as I have a proper sandwich maker, and in this, I do not have to put butter on either.
However, in saying that, I think it would taste nicer if buttered and in this case I would butter the toast and not the pan.
I used to butter the toast before fat free pans were about, and NOT the pan.
I butter every surface I can get at. I have a sandwich press but I often use a pan as it is the same either way - both have to be got out of the cupboard. In the sandwich press I always use baking paper as I hate the mess and the pan is easier to clean than the nooks and crannies of the sandwich press.
I don't usually make it at all. Occasionally I will have a toasted sandwich that I make in the sandwich maker, but only occasionally. My dietitian does not recommend eating these as they are not very healthy and full of kilojoules.
It's better for your health to just do the Bread, and I think it makes it less fatty......so we do it that way.
Sadly we only have butter in the house for a couple of days, during winter.when I make my stock pot.
Now I know what else we can have :) !
To me it's like cream, you can only have very small amounts in ones diet.
I stopped buying it, and have never looked back.
It is now a treat (like with the things you eat at Christmas) once a year, for the odd day or so.
We like it, but can do without....Not something else we need to put into 'our' bodies each week or so.
I gave up using butter when it was a bad guy in our diet. We like open toasted cheese sandwiches so I put two slices together in one segment of the toaster, place the cheese on the untoasted side and grill. Extra butter is not needed. Cheese has enough butter in it.
In Canada we call them grilled cheese, and can add all kinds of things to the cheese. Here most people butter the out side of the bread, and few others butter both sides of the bread. I prefer to just butter the outsides of the bread put in a very hot pan and enjoy.
I turned my back on the pan for a few seconds the other day and burned my toastie :(((( It smelled awful and was black as pitch but the human vacuum cleaner that lives here ate it so I only had one. Boohoo.
I butter the outside of the bread/toast when I make these. Even in a sandwich maker or jaffle maker I do the same. For me,these are a genuine 'Guilty Pleasure' treat,as they have such a high Fat Content. But oh!!! SOOOOO delicious!!!! I tend to have them in Winter or when the weather is cooler.They are such a comfort food,and we used to have them when we were youngsters quite a lot!