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Cran-Apple Grilled Cheese

cranberry grilled cheese

My four year old has been going through a picky eating stage again. I’ve read that it’s pretty common to get picky again around this age, but I’m still going to put up a fight.

There are a few things that she still loves: cranberries, apples, and cheese. So, I thought I’d try putting them together in a Thanksgiving themed lunch: cran-apple grilled cheese. cranberry sauceThis grilled cheese has got it going on: buttery, salty, tart, and sweet. The flavors are really great – and I wasn’t the only one who thought so. My picky eater loved it, too.

I’m sure everyone knows how to make a good ol’ grilled cheese, but if you want that perfect, buttery, crispy, toasted bread kind, there’s a trick: you can’t rush it. And you have to use butter. Cook over low heat for longer, and your grilled cheese will rock your socks off.

This recipe calls for homemade cranberry sauce. If you’ve never made it before, it’s like the easiest thing ever. And it looks so much nicer than bringing a can to someone’s Thanksgiving. I made a simple sauce with what I had readily available (recipe below), but my favorite recipe is right here: cranberry sauce without white sugar. It’s simple and has awesome autumn flavor, thanks to maple syrup, pomegranate, and orange.autumn lunch

Yield: 1 sandwich

Prep Time: a couple minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: about 10 minutes

Cran-Apple Grilled Cheese

A Thanksgiving themed lunch that's sure to be a hit!


2 pieces of bread - I used sprouted, frozen bread but my favorite would be thick slices of homemade

a few slices of tart Granny Smith apple (or similar)

1/2 T. butter

several slices of cheddar or havarti cheese

1 T. cranberry sauce, preferably homemade


1. If your butter is soft, spread half of it on one side of each piece of bread. If your butter isn't soft and you're impatient like I am, just melt it in the skillet over medium heat.

2. Layer the sandwich as follows: cheese, apple slices, cranberry sauce, cheese. Having cheese on both sides secures the apple and makes it easier for kids to eat.

3. Put the bread in the skillet, reduce the heat to medium low and cook until golden brown. Flip and repeat.

Simple Cranberry Sauce

7.5 oz clamshell of cranberries (I used organic)

1/4 c. water

1-2 of citrus juice (whatever you have on hand - I used grapefruit)

1/4-1/2 c. sugar, depending on how sweet you want

1. Bring all ingredients to a rolling boil.

2. Reduce heat to a simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. It will continue to thicken as it cools.


2 Responses to “Cran-Apple Grilled Cheese”

  1. Kari @ Cooking with Toddlers November 13, 2014 at 4:24 am

    The combination of flavors in this sandwich are amazing! What an awesome recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    • TeachEatLove February 8, 2015 at 1:53 am

      Yay! So happy you liked it! 🙂

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