Quick and Easy Baked “Grilled” Cheese

Quick and Easy Baked “Grilled” Cheese

I hate making grilled cheese. It takes too long and I have no patience for it.   I always end up with soggy bread and a flat sandwich.   Plus, I never get to eat with everyone else. I’m at the stove making sandwiches two at a time for a room full of people. No thanks!   My husband loves to toast and broil in the oven, he loves to crisp things up, so I figured what the heck. I will try and make multiple grilled cheese in the oven. Based on my quesadilla success, I was pretty excited to try it.

The Proper Soup Pairing

The best part of grilled cheese is the soup you have it with.  Grilled Cheese, while a very good and tasty meal, can not stand alone.  Others have tried and failed.  It’s like cereal with no milk, it’s just plain wrong.  If you were unaware of this phenomenon, let me help you.  Two of my favorite comfort soups to accompany grilled cheese are Corn chowder and Crock Pot Butternut Squash Soup.  You can cook them ahead and let them simmer on the stove or keep them piping hot in a slow cooker.  Either way, you have a hearty meal for a cold winters day.

The Grilled Cheese Toppings

You also can add other sandwich items to the sandwich itself.  I personally have eaten grilled cheese with bacon, tomato or ham and found it to be quite delicious.  The key here is the mustard.  Mustard on a grilled cheese will change your life.  Perhaps that is a slight exaggeration, but you will love it, guaranteed!  (If you like mustard that is). You can add yellow mustard, spicy brown mustard, Dijon mustard or my personal favorite…spicy brown with horseradish.  YUM.  It has just enough spice to make you take notice but not enough to guzzle your glass of water.

Super Simple Dinner

I did say this was quick and easy and I aim to please so let me give it to you straight.  I put butter on one side of a slice of bread, placed it butter side down on a lightly greased baking sheet.  I added two pieces of American cheese and buttered a second piece of bread on one side, with horseradish mustard on the other side. I put the bread on top of the cheese, butter side up , and put the pan in the oven. If you don’t want to battle the butter you can use avocado oil spray,  and it makes it super simple to make.  You just spray the pan and the top of the grilled cheese sandwiches, lightly, before putting them in the oven.

I made four sandwiches to start. I put the pan in a preheated 400 degree oven on the middle rack.  I let the sandwiches cook for about 15 minutes and then I flipped them over. I continued to cook the sandwiches until the edges began to brown and served two immediately.   I took the other two and wrapped them up in aluminum foil to keep them warm.

Quick, easy and all at once.  Finally, I get to eat grilled cheese at the same time as everyone else!

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Quick and Easy Baked Grilled Cheese

Course Main Course
Keyword baked, easy dinner, easy meal, grilled cheese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Slices Whole Wheat Bread I used Arnold 100% Whole Wheat
  • 2 Slices Cheese I used American but any sliced cheese would work well
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard with Horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons Butter

Instructions

  • Put butter on one side of a slice of bread, placed it butter side down on a lightly greased baking sheet. Add two pieces of American cheese and butter the second piece of bread on one side, with horseradish mustard on the other side. Put the bread on top of the cheese, butter side up , and put the pan in the oven. Put the pan in a preheated 400 degree oven on the middle rack. Let the sandwiches cook for about 15 minutes and then flip them over. Continue to cook the sandwiches until the edges begin to brown.

Notes

Butter is the standard for a grilled cheese but I have used Avocado Oil Spray in its place and had great result as well. 
Adding ham, tomato or bacon to the sandwich or opting for provolone or swiss cheese is a great way to switch it up!

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