When someone says “Grilled Cheese”, what do you think of? The plain old classic sandwich with two pieces of bread and processed cheese? With National Grilled Cheese Day coming up on April 12th, let’s have some fun, get creative, and up our grilled cheese game with some delicious recipes. While most people are familiar with the family favourite classic grilled cheese, we’re going to share some tasty and exciting recipes you can try at home that will have everyone asking for more!
Something I learned when I moved out on my own for university is that I love grilled cheese made with brick cheese rather than processed cheese. A small change makes a BIG difference in the tastiness of your sandwich. You can find brick cheese in several varieties at Walmart, and I enjoy the flavours and texture when you use it in grilled cheese. And my three kids…you would think they were mice judging by how much cheese they eat!
This means when I go grocery shopping I am mindful of what I am buying to try to keep my grocery bill under control. Walmart helps me stay on budget with a good selection of groceries at reasonable prices. For these recipes I picked up Great Value Cheeses retailing for under $5 (450 g brick) available in several varieties including Mozzarella, Old Cheddar and Farmers Marble, and a pack of Great Value Bacon for under $3 (375 g). Because we all know… bacon makes everything better!
Poutine Grilled Cheese
8 slices Great Value Old Cheddar brick Cheese
4 Strips Great Value Bacon, cooked
¼ cup Great Value brown gravy
- From the short edge of the 450g brick of cheese use a knife or cheese slicer to thinly cut 8 slices of cheese
- Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Add hash browns and cook until golden and crispy, about 15-20 minutes flipping halfway
- Lay 4 slices of cheese crosswise on one hash brown, top with the bacon and then layer with the remaining cheese.
- Place second hash brown on top, and cook on medium, covered, until cheese is melted (about 3-4 minutes)
- Remove from heat and let sit for 2 minutes before cutting. Serve with warm gravy for dipping. Enjoy!
Ham and Bacon Club Grilled Cheese
16 slices Great Value Farmers Marble Cheese
2 tsp. Great Value Butter, softened
3 slices Great Value Whole Wheat Bread
2 slices Great Value Sliced Ham
1/4 cup Fresh Spinach
5 thin strips of Red Pepper
4 strips Great Value Bacon, cooked
- From the short edge of the 450g brick of cheese use a knife or cheese slicer to thinly cut 16 slices of cheese
- Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat.
- Butter 1 side of the 3 pieces of bread.
- Lay 4 pieces of cheese on the unbuttered side of one piece of bread. Top with ham, red pepper and another 4 slices of cheese and 1 piece of bread buttered side up.
- Place in skillet and cook, covered, until bottom is golden brown
- Flip the sandwich and top the gold brown side with 4 slices of cheese, spinach and bacon. Layer last slice of bread buttered side up. Cook until bottom is golden brown
- Carefully flip the sandwich and cook the final side until cheese is melted and bread is golden brown.
- Serve warm & Enjoy!
The club sandwich also makes a tasty vegetarian version by leaving out the ham and bacon. You could add sautéed mushrooms or onions to it as well.
Both of these sandwiches were a hit at my house. The kids gobbled down the poutine grilled cheese, and I received rave reviews from my 2-year-old with many “More Mommy, please?” from her. And my husband loved the Ham and Bacon Club Grilled Cheese. It was so tasty, he didn’t even notice there was spinach in it!
Other suggestions include a Chicken and Waffles Grilled Cheese or a Turkey, Bacon and Avocado version of the Club! Whatever your choice, on April 12th, break out your frying pan and get creative in the kitchen by trying out some different varieties of grilled cheese with Great Value ingredients you can find at your local Walmart!
What is your favourite way to enjoy grilled cheese?
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Walmart Canada as part of the Walmart Great Value Grilled Cheese Day program. In exchange for this post, I have received perks in the form of products and/or compensation. All opinions on this blog are my own.