Oven Grilled Cheese 3 Ways

May 29, 2020

Oven Grilled Cheese with Bacon

 

Prep: 15 minutes   Bake: 6 minutes   Serves: 4

 

4 slices bacon or turkey bacon

⅓ cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon sriracha chili sauce or chili paste

8 slices white or Italian bread

1¾ cups shredded Colby Jack or mozzarella cheese

2 Roma tomatoes, cut into ¼-inch-thick slices (optional)

1 large ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced (optional)

 

1. Preheat oven to 375°; line rimmed baking pan with aluminum foil. Arrange bacon on prepared pan; bake 12 minutes or until crisp. Transfer bacon to cutting board; cut crosswise in half. Remove foil from pan; wipe pan clean with paper towel, if necessary. Place pan on middle oven rack; preheat to 450°.

 

 

2. In small bowl, stir mayonnaise and sriracha. Makes about 6 tablespoons.

 

3.Spread 1 side of bread slices with mayonnaise mixture; place 4 slices, mayonnaise side down, on second rimmed baking pan. Top with ½ the cheese, bacon, tomatoes, avocado, remaining cheese and remaining 4 bread slices, mayonnaise side up.

 

4. Carefully remove hot baking pan from oven and press on top of sandwiches; carefully place sandwiches between pans back on middle oven rack. Bake sandwiches 6 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread is golden brown.

 

Approximate nutritional values per serving (1 sandwich): 504 Calories, 34g Fat (13g Saturated), 62mg Cholesterol, 974mg Sodium, 23g Carbohydrates, 3g Fiber, 4g Sugars, 3g Added Sugars, 18g Protein

 

Oven Grilled Cheese with Apples

 

Prep: 10 minutes   Bake: 6 minutes   Serves: 4

 

8 slices cinnamon raisin or white bread

¼ cup unsalted butter, softened

4 tablespoons jam or preserves such as apricot or orange

1 package (8 ounces) Brie or Cheddar cheese, sliced

2 apples or pears, halved, cored and thinly sliced

½ cup powdered sugar (optional)

2 tablespoons milk or water (optional)

 

1. Place rimmed baking pan on middle rack in oven; preheat oven to 450°. Spread 1 side of bread slices with butter; place 4 slices, butter side down, on second rimmed baking pan. Top with jam, half the cheese, apples, and remaining half the cheese and 4 bread slices, butter side up.

 

2. Carefully remove hot baking pan from oven and press on top of sandwiches; carefully place sandwiches between pans back on middle oven rack. Bake sandwiches 6 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread is golden brown.

 

3. In small bowl, whisk powdered sugar and milk. Serve sandwiches drizzled with powdered sugar mixture, if desired.

 

Approximate nutritional values per serving (1 sandwich): 567 Calories, 30g Fat (17g Saturated), 87mg Cholesterol, 607mg Sodium, 58g Carbohydrates, 6g Fiber, 28g Sugars, 19g Added Sugars, 20g Protein

 

Oven Grilled Cheese with Tuna

 

Prep: 15 minutes   Bake: 6 minutes   Serves: 4

 

12 ounces canned tuna, drained

½ cup mayonnaise

¼ cup finely chopped pickles or pickled jalapeño peppers

½ teaspoon Old Bay® seasoning

8 slices white or pumpernickel bread

8 slices American or provolone cheese

 

1.Place rimmed baking pan on middle rack in oven; preheat oven to 450°. In medium bowl, flake tuna with fork; fold in 3 tablespoons mayonnaise, pickles and seasoning. Makes about 1½ cups.

 

2. Spread 1 side of bread slices with remaining 5 tablespoons mayonnaise; place 4 slices, mayonnaise side down, on second rimmed baking pan. Top with half the cheese, tuna mixture, and remaining half the cheese and 4 bread slices, mayonnaise side up.

 

3. Carefully remove hot baking pan from oven and press on top of sandwiches; carefully place sandwiches between pans back on middle oven rack. Bake sandwiches 6 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread is golden brown.

 

Approximate nutritional values per serving (1 sandwich): 515 Calories, 32g Fat (10g Saturated), 76mg Cholesterol, 1147mg Sodium, 25g Carbohydrates, 1g Fiber, 5g Sugars, 2g Added Sugars, 25g Protein

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