Hearty Grilled Cheese Recipe
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Hearty Grilled Cheese Recipe

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I enjoy watching gourmet cooking shows on television. As a mother of five, I find those time-consuming dishes don't fit my busy schedule. After seeing a chef create a sandwich and cheese sauce on one program, I came up with this quick version. It's been a hit in my house ever since.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 12 slices dark rye bread
  • 6 slices American cheese
  • 6 slices Swiss cheese
  • 6 slices fully cooked ham
  • 6 slices fully cooked turkey
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cheddar cheese soup, undiluted
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 549 calories, 31g fat (17g saturated fat), 108mg cholesterol, 2276mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 31g protein.


  1. On six slices of bread, layer one slice of American cheese, Swiss cheese, ham and turkey. Top with remaining bread; set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the sauce ingredients. Cook over medium heat until heated through, stirring occasionally. meanwhile, toast sandwiches on a hot griddle for 2-3 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Serve with cheese sauce. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Hearty Grilled Cheese in Quick Cooking September/October 2003, p32

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