Holiday Grilled Cheese Recipe

Yields: 2 sandwiches
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 8-10 minutes


  • 4 slices of hearty bread (sourdough, rye, or whole wheat work well)
  • 4 tbsp softened butter
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • 6-8 oz thinly sliced roast turkey or chicken
  • ½ cup cranberry sauce (whole berry or jellied)
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • Optional: A few fresh sage leaves, chopped


  • Large skillet or griddle
  • Spatula


  • Prep work: Spread a thin layer of Dijon mustard onto one side of two slices of bread.
  • Assemble the base: On the unbuttered side of the bread slices WITHOUT mustard, layer one slice of Swiss cheese and one slice of cheddar cheese on each.
  • Add the festive touch: Evenly distribute your sliced turkey on top of the cheese layer. Top the turkey with a generous spoonful of cranberry sauce.
  • Optional flavor boost: If using sage, sprinkle a bit of the chopped leaves over the cranberry sauce.
  • Close the sandwiches: Top with the remaining slices of bread, buttered-side facing out.
  • Grill time: Heat your skillet or griddle over medium heat. Once hot, carefully place your sandwiches onto the cooking surface.
  • Get golden and melty: Cook for 3-4 minutes per side, or until the bread is golden brown and the cheese has melted completely. You may want to press the sandwiches lightly with a spatula to help them cook evenly.
  • Slice and serve! Carefully remove the sandwiches from the heat, slice them in half, and enjoy immediately for that delicious melty cheese pull!


  • Get creative with cheeses: Try brie, gruyere, or gouda for an extra special touch.
  • Adjust sweetness: If your cranberry sauce is extra tart, drizzle a bit of honey on top before closing the sandwich.
  • Amp up the spice: Add a touch of your favorite hot sauce for a flavor-packed kick.
  • Make it a meal: Serve the grilled cheese with a simple salad or a warm bowl of tomato soup for the ultimate comfort food experience.


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