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Pine Tree Cheese Melts Recipe
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Pine Tree Cheese Melts Recipe

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Want to branch out from traditional grilled cheese sandwiches? Make 'em festive with cute winter-themed cutters like pine trees or mittens. Try these with whole wheat bread and sourdough if it better suits your family's tastes. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 min./batch
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 min./batch
MAKES: 9 servings

Ingredients

  • 9 slices white bread
  • 9 slices pumpernickel bread
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onions
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Butter, softened

Directions

  1. Using a 3-1/2-in. cookie cutter, cut a shape in the center of each slice of bread; remove cutouts. Place a white bread cutout in each slice of pumpernickel. Place a pumpernickel cutout in each slice of white bread.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cheese, mayonnaise, onions, basil and garlic powder. Spread over half of the bread slices; top with remaining bread. Butter outsides of sandwiches.
  3. In a small skillet over medium heat, toast sandwiches on each side until golden brown and cheese is melted. Yield: 9 sandwiches.
Originally published as Pine Tree Cheese Melts in Country Woman January/February 2002, p13

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Reviewed Jan. 15, 2013

"Although I haven't tried this yet, this is such a cute idea and a great alternative to a regular grilled cheese sandwich. Plan to make these along side some good soup this weekend. Looks like a winner!"

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Reviewed Jan. 15, 2013

"This is a chidhood sanwhich in my family too, soooo good!"

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Reviewed Jan. 15, 2013

"My Jewish husband has discribed his Grandmother making a very similar sandwich using Pumpernickel Rye bread but maybe not the cut-out. I could incorporate the cut-out, he'd like that."

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Reviewed Jan. 15, 2013

"I am 64 years old and have been looking for this recipe nearly that long.LOL. Try it, you will like it. I had this as a child and never forgot the way it tasted......"

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