Easy Cranberry Grilled Cheese

This is one of my favorite Thanksgiving leftover dishes—all I have to do is assemble some prepared ingredients, pop it into my panini press, and suddenly there’s a simple lunch, easy enough to make for a small group. They’re easy to customize, too, with some sliced turkey, pickled peppers, fresh greens like arugula or kale, or a sweet-hot mustard.

Easy Cranberry Grilled Cheese

makes 1 sandwich


  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup grated sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 3 to 4 tbsp cranberry sauce
  • unsalted butter, softened 
  • 2 slices thick sourdough or Pullman loaf


  1. Step 1

    Spread both sides of each bread slice with butter, then spread each slice inside with half the cranberry sauce and place the grated cheese on top of one slice. Close the sandwich and place it into a preheated sandwich press or, alternatively, into a preheated dry skillet over medium heat, until cheese is melted and outside is golden brown. Cut in half and serve hot.


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