Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day!
Everyone loves the creamy cheesiness of a grilled cheese sandwich. April 12th is National Grilled Cheese Day and what better way to celebrate the buttery, crunchy and cheesy goodness that is so enjoyable than a delicious recipe or two?
To celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day, I’ve put together two simple and delicious recipes that you can enjoy on this marvelous occasion. You can even have one of each for lunch AND dinner. Don’t worry; you’ve entered the no judgment zone.
As a busy mom, meals that are wholesome and tasty often become staples in our weekly menu. Grilled cheese can please almost everyone and is versatile enough that you can add ingredients that will tantalize any palate – from the most simple to the most sophisticated.
Let’s Grill It Up!
Over the years, we’ve expanded our grilled cheese recipes and pairings. When we pair it with a bowl of soup, well, us parents hit a home run. There really isn’t anything better than dipping an ooey, gooey grilled cheese into tomato soup–it’s mouthwatering!
My first grilled cheese recipe is one that we ALWAYS make. The girls are gaga over cheese and bacon, and are obsessed with avocados. We usually serve it with a bowl of creamy tomato soup and the girls always clear their plates.
This grilled cheese is slathered with garlic butter and the creamy Great Value Farmers Marble Cheese holds the turkey breast, tomato, avocado and Great Value Bacon together. Serve it with your favourite soup and you have a fantastic meal.
Chicken and Waffle Grilled Cheese with Spicy Maple Syrup
- 8 slices Great Value Old Cheddar Cheese from 450 g brick
- 2 buttermilk waffles
- 1 chicken breast
- 1 cup of oil
- 1 tbsp. 15 ml butter
- ¼ cup 60 ml maple syrup
- 1/2 cup of flour
- 1/4 of bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup of heavy cream
- 1 tsp of garlic
- 1 tsp of onion powder
- 1 tsp of parsley
- 1 tsp of pepper
- 1 tsp of paprika
Fried Chicken Breast
- Heat oil in frying pan until bubbling.
- Take a chicken breast and tenderize with a mallet. Flatten it as much as possible.
- Prepare egg and cream egg wash by mixing egg and cream together.
- Dip chicken breast and coat it in the flour mix.
- Re-dip chicken breast in egg wash and toss in flour again.
- Place chicken breast in oil and cook until golden brown and evenly cooked.
- From the short edge of a 450 g cheese brick, use a cheese slicer or vegetable peeler to thinly slice 8 pieces of cheese, each about ¾” wide by 3-½” long.
- Place 4 slices of cheese on 1 waffle. Place rotisserie chicken on waffle, remaining cheese and second waffle.
- Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Cook, covered, until cheese is melted and waffles are golden, about 10 to 12 min, flipping halfway.
- Serve warm with spicy maple syrup.
Spicy Maple Syrup
- 1 cup of maple syrup
- 1/4 cup of your favourite hot sauce
Total time is based on using the ready-made rotisserie chicken. Fried chicken is optional. For a perfect breakfast grilled cheese, swap the chicken for 2 to 4 slices of Great Value Bacon and top with a sunny side up egg.
Chicken and Waffles, Anyone?
My next recipe brings my love for the southern dish of chicken and waffles together with grilled cheese. Whenever we travel, chicken and waffles is a dish that we make a point to have. You’d be surprised how much the recipe differs wherever you go!
With that said, Darasak and I have enjoyed many chicken and waffle variations. We enjoy making it grilled cheese-style with a freshly battered and fried chicken breast sandwiched between two buttermilk waffles, but during the week breading and frying your own chicken can get a bit time-consuming.
To make things easier for ourselves, we pick up some ready-made rotisserie chicken at Walmart and use it instead. There’s no cook time, it is just ready to eat! I included the prep for the fried chicken if you so choose to go that route. You can pick up the eggs, flour and breadcrumbs at Walmart too, so you’re covered.
There you have it, folks, these fun and family-friendly recipes feature two Great Value products, brick cheese and naturally-smoked bacon. These ingredients will help you put a creative spin on this classic sandwich.
Not only do these recipes reinvent the standard grilled cheese, they let you experiment for less, with the variety of Great Value Cheeses retailing for under $5 (450 g brick) and Great Value Bacon for under $3 (375 g). You really cannot go wrong!
How do you like your grilled cheese?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Note: This post is sponsored by Walmart Canada as part of the Walmart Great Value Grilled Cheese Day program. In exchange for this post, I have received perks in the form of products and/or compensation. All opinions on this blog are my own.
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist and editor of lifestyle blog Whispered Inspirations. A social media junkie, a travel-lover with insatiable wanderlust and an aficionado for fun gadgets, good eats, and entertainment. You can find her on Instagram and everywhere else under @WhispersInspire.