Kids Cook Monday: Easy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

An American Classic

Grilled cheese sandwiches are my favorite sandwich, and are arguably a memory of most of our childhoods. Teaching your kids how to make grilled cheese with various flavors will help stretch this classic as well as their ability to prepare an afternoon snack or Saturday lunch.

Grilling your sandwiches with a Foreman Grill eliminates the need for butter.  Vegetables are a delicious additive to grilled cheese.
Grilling your sandwiches with a Foreman Grill eliminates the need for butter. Vegetables are a delicious additive to grilled cheese. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: Depends on your appetite!

This time preparation is approximate for two sandwiches. Of course, if you are making more sandwiches, preparation will require more time. Estimate an extra 5 minutes per two sandwiches, unless you are preparing with oversized bread. The Foreman Grill, which I use for my grilled sandwiches, fits two sandwiches or folded sandwich wraps.

Invite your children to menu plan, make shopping lists.  Here, my oldest son looks for bruising on a tomato.  We know organic and home grown taste the best and offer the greatest nutritional value.
Invite your children to menu plan, make shopping lists. Here, my oldest son looks for bruising on a tomato. We know organic and home grown taste the best and offer the greatest nutritional value. | Source

Ingredients

  • (Amount Varies to your likeness) Main Cheese, (Your choice of: Gouda, Cheddar, Colby, Swiss)
  • (To taste - I use a pinch or two) Dried Basil
  • (Enough to cover a piece of bread) tomato slices, lightly salted & peppered, (Sliced according to your thickness preference)
  • (about 1/4 - 1/2 amount of Main Cheese) Complimentary Cheese, (Your choice of: feta, romana, mozzarella, parmesan)
  • Bread or tortilla wrap

Assembly & Preparation

  1. Preheat a Foreman Grill, or similar small appliance, removing the need for butter.
  2. Assemble sandwiches & place on grill. Close grill. When light shuts off, sandwich should be ready.

Variations

The idea of this recipe is to get your kids to realize they can make a tasty sandwich easily. Avocado slices, spinach, tuna, chicken, etc., all make excellent additions to a grilled cheese sandwich. Depending on which you choose, switch your herbs. For example, dried dill with mozzarella & provolone are excellent with flaked tuna. Hungry for avocado? Try a pinch of cilantro and cayenne pepper. Chicken? Rosemary, parmesan & gouda are a delicious combination.

Let your kids experiment.

Teachable Moment

Discuss the benefits of different herbs. Did you know oregano has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties? Tomatos are rich in anti-oxidant lycopene? Avocados are considered a superfood? Teach them that eating healthy is fun and tastes great. Discuss the difference between using whole grain and white flour foods, and how simple choices benefit your bodies.

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Scottye Davis 4 years ago

I never thought of using the George Foreman to make grilled cheese. How inventive!


kelleyward 4 years ago

I use my panini maker to make our grilled cheese sandwiches. They taste so yummy! Voted up and useful. I really like how you added a teachable moment to this hub!


Bonnie 4 years ago

I still use the cast iron skillet.


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breathe2travel 4 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

Thank you Scottye, Kelley & Bonnie for reading & commenting. Bonnie - the cast iron is still my favorite for preparing corn bread. :)


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breathe2travel 4 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

Thank you, vespawoolf. I will look into it. Not cool!

Couple minutes later... editing my comment -- it's not there, someone must have reported it. Thank you, again. :)


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

You're welcome. No, definitely not cool!


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

We love panini sandwiches - and grilled cheese is definitely a kids' favorite! Rated up! Steph


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

Please delete my comment from yesterday with the link to your stolen hub. We don't want that site to have any backlinks to HP. Thanks.


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Maddie Ruud 4 years ago from Oakland, CA

We have a Foreman-type appliance with interchangeable plates. It's such an easy way to take your sandwiches up a notch!


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

I like this straight forward recipe. I'm going to link it to my homemade tomato soup hub. Thanks!


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breathe2travel 4 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA Author

Thank you, vespawoolf. Please paste a link here in the comments, and I'll be glad to include your recipe in my links! Your recipes always are accurate & tasty.

Thanks again. :)


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

Sure! http://vespawoolf.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Make-Tom... The link to this hub is under "Serving Suggestions". Thank you for your kind words!

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