Get Creative with this Fancy Grilled Cheese Sandwich!
Nothing takes you back to your childhood like an warm and ooey gooey grilled cheese sandwich, right?
Crispy and buttery on the outside with soft and delicious cheese in the middle – puts me right back around that farmhouse dining room table giggling with my brother and chatting with my mom and dad.
I hope simple things – like enjoying a warm grilled cheese sandwich next to their siblings – brings my kids warm memories of their childhood and mama someday, too.
In celebration of April being National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month (in fact April 12th was National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day), Sara Lee® has invited us to share a creative grilled cheese recipe.
How to Make an Apple & Ham Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Grilled cheese sandwiches are easy enough for the kids to help make. Encourage independence and build more meaningful memories by allowing them to help cut the apple slices, spread the butter, or flip the sandwich in the pan. But of course, make sure little ones are fully supervised around kitchen dangers such as sharp knives and hot stoves.
- 2 to 4 slices of cheese of choice
- 2 to 3 slices of deli ham
- a Tablespoon or so of butter
- 1/2 an apple, sliced
- 2 slices of Sara Lee® Artesano™ Bread
My best tip for an awesome, restaurant-quality grilled cheese sandwich: Be selective with your bread!
I grabbed this Sara Lee® Artesano™ Bread on Rollback at my local Walmart for $2.82, and it’s seriously perfect for grilled cheese. It’s sliced thick – perfect for getting that buttery crunch on the outside but staying deliciously soft on the inside. It has this homemade bread taste and texture but is obviously more convenient. Yet it still has NO artificial flavors, colors, or high fructose corn syrup. Definitely our new grilled cheese bread of choice!
How to Assemble Your Grilled Cheese Sandwich:
- Lay down one slice of bread.
- Add one to two slices of cheese on top.
- Add two or three slices of ham on top.
- Add a layer of apple slices on top.
- Add another one or two slices of cheese on top.
- Top with another slice of bread.
- Butter the top of the sandwich.
How to Toast Your Grilled Cheese:
Place buttered side down in a pre-heated frying pan over low-medium heat.
CAREFULLY butter the top of the sandwich while the bottom toasts (about 3 minutes or until golden brown).
Flip over in the frying pan and allow the other side to toast (about 3 minutes or until golden brown).
Let cool for a minute before cutting and serving.
Not only is this sandwich delicious and filling, it includes almost all food groups! Add some carrot sticks and you’ve got a well-rounded lunch or easy dinner. Plus the kids can take pride in having helped make their own fancy grilled cheese sandwich.
AND will cement that warm and comforting grilled cheese memory in their subconscious that’s essential for happy adulthood (am-I-right?!).
The Sara Lee® Artesano™ Bread I used for this sandwich will be on Rollback at Walmart until July 13th, 2016. If you grab a loaf, let me know what you think!
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Ever made a “fancy” grilled cheese sandwich with unique ingredients? If so, what did you inlude? Join the conversation in the comments below!
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sara Lee® Artesano™ Bread. However all opinions are authentic and my own. Please see my disclosure policy.