Recipe: Cranberry & Brie Grilled Cheese

Lunch Recipes from The Kitchn

I look forward to Thanksgiving all year long, so it feels totally wrong to only enjoy that wonderful food, the great company, and those festive cocktails for just one afternoon. I like to keep the party going all weekend long by using the Thanksgiving leftovers in as many different ways as I can.

This simple grilled cheese sandwich is a great way to use up any leftover cranberry sauce and cheese from your Thanksgiving spread. It makes a great lunch, but is also hearty enough to enjoy as a light dinner with leftover Brussels sprouts or green beans.

I absolutely love how the melty cheese, tart cranberries, and grainy mustard complement each other in this grilled cheese. It's so tasty that I'm not sure I can go back to a traditional grilled cheese sandwich for a while. The great news is that this sandwich is amazingly easy to whip up and definitely a crowd pleaser — perfect for post-Thanksgiving guests. I think these taste best with a little leftover bubbly and plenty of napkins.

Cheers to the holiday season and good, nourishing food!

Cranberry & Brie Grilled Cheese

Serves 2

4 slices bread — leftover from Thanksgiving stuffing is great!
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup cranberry sauce
2 tablespoons good-quality whole grain mustard
Pinch salt
4 ounces Brie cheese, sliced about 1/4 inch thick, or any other leftover cheese

Butter 1 side of each slice of bread. Place the bread butter-side-down on a cutting board. Spread cranberry sauce on one slice and mustard and cheese on the other slice of bread. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and join the slices together to make a sandwich. Repeat with the remaining slices to make a second sandwich.

Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook sandwiches for about 3 minutes per side or until the bread has browned and the cheese has melted. Slice in half and enjoy!

(Image credits: Andrea Bemis)

Per serving, based on 2 servings. (% daily value)
Calories
601
Fat
33 g (50.8%)
Saturated
19.8 g (98.8%)
Trans
0.5 g
Carbs
57.2 g (19.1%)
Fiber
3.6 g (14.5%)
Sugars
30.2 g
Protein
21 g (42.1%)
Cholesterol
90.1 mg (30%)
Sodium
845 mg (35.2%)