The Best Thanksgiving Grilled Cheese

 
cranberry grilled cheese
 

This recipe video was sponsored by Cape Cod Select Cranberries. I only work with brands that I truly like and would recommend. 

This recipe was part of the monthly #letsberealmeals recipe project, a project featuring simple, healthy recipes created by registered dietitians. Follow along here.


I'll be honest, I was pretty impressed with this grilled cheese. I even served it to a group of (harder to please) guys, who were equally as impressed. We tried it with both brie and white cheddar, both were good, but we all agreed the cheddar stood out over the brie. 

I grew up spending summers on Cape Cod back in Massachusetts, so I was excited to connect with Cape Cod Select Cranberries, and equally impressed I found them all the way out in Montana. These cranberries seem bigger, brighter, and even sweeter than the standard cranberries. Plus, the frozen version is super easy to cook with. I'm a big fan.

 
cheddar apple grilled cheese
 

I love a good cranberry sauce. And as much as I like sugar, many cranberry sauces have a bit much for me. I love the natural sweetness and slight tartness of cranberries and would rather not mask these natural flavors with a bunch of added sugar. This cranberry sauce I made is just the right amount of sweet and tart to compliment the cheddar and apples. If you prefer it sweeter, you can add more maple syrup.

Check out my latest recipe video below featuring this amazing cran apple grilled cheese!

 

Ingredients:

Cranberry Sauce
1.5 cups Cape Cod Select Cranberries
1 ripe orange, juiced
1 Tbsp pure maple syrup

Grilled Cheese
1/2 a Granny Smith apple, sliced thinly
2 oz white cheddar cheese
2 slices sourdough bread (I found cran orange sourdough in the bakery of my local store)
1/4 cup cranberry sauce

Your measurements for the grilled cheese may vary based on the size of your bread, use enough of each to cover one slice of bread in a single layer.

Directions:

1. Heat ingredients for cranberry sauce in a medium size pot over medium heat. As it begins to boil, mash the berries into a sauce. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated and it reaches your desired consistency.

2. Lightly butter one side of each slice of bread.

3.  On the unbuttered side of one slice of bread - layer cranberry sauce, then apples, then cheese. Top with the other slice of bread - buttered side facing out.

4. Heat fry pan over medium heat. Fry the sandwich on each side for about 3 minutes each until the cheese melts and the bread is golden brown. I recommend covering the fry pan with a lid to keep the heat in and help the cheese melt without the bread burning.

5. Slice in half and enjoy!