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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