This post was written as a guest blog for Family Goes Strong. You can read the original copy here.
CHEESE SANDWICHES CAN BE MADE AHEAD AND FROZEN FOR DELICIOUS GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES ANYTIME YOU WANT ONE
Did you know you can make a delicious grilled cheese sandwich from a frozen cheese sandwich? Well you can! Think of it like a frozen pizza, only these are heated on a griddle or skillet.
That information will come in handy if you ever find yourself with extra bread and cheese that you’d like to use up before taking a vacation. It’s also a useful tip when serving a crowd or planning ahead for days when you run out of other meal options.
Why not assemble a stack to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day on April 12th?
Bread and cheese are two ingredients found in most households, and the possible combinations of the two are endless. There are many nutritional possibilities for that combination as well.
Choose Your Cheese
Deciding what type of cheese you want to use is a matter of taste. From sharp to smooth and tangy to nutty, there is a lot more than yellow American out there. And don’t forget the flavored cheeses, like horseradish, tomato basil, and jalapeño.
You can use any form of cheese – sliced, shredded, grated, crumbled, string, or spreadable – to make a great freezable sandwich. Thin layered slices will melt more evenly than thicker slices. Reduced fat cheeses and those with less sodium offer healthy options for everyone. There are also lactose free cheeses, though most natural cheeses contain minimal amounts.
Select the Slice
Don’t settle for sliced bread when a round sandwich thin, soft roll, pita pocket, or hot dog bun will work just as well. But do avoid breads or rolls more than an inch thick since they will be fully toasted before the cheese melts.
Expand the variety and nutritional value by using whole wheat, multigrain, rye, pumpernickel, raisin or sourdough to surround your cheese. This is also a great way to use up bread that is a day or two old and not as tasty without toasting.
Follow These Steps
- Use 2 ounces or 1/4 cup shredded cheese per sandwich
- Cover one slice of bread or side of roll or bun with cheese, spreading to edges
- Cover with other slice of bread or top of roll or bun
- Label zip-top or self-sealing bags with the date and type(s) of sandwiches made
- Put each assembled sandwich into a labeled bag and remove air before closing
- Place bags in a single layer on a flat baking pan or tray
- Put pan in freezer for an hour or until sandwiches are firm
- Place sandwiches in larger freezer bag, remove air before closing and store in freezer for up to 3 months
- Remove sandwich from bag and spread outsides with thin coating of soft spread margarine
- Heat flat-top griddle, double-sided grill or skillet depending on how many you are cooking at once
- Cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes per side, or until cheese melts and bread is golden brown
Now you can easily make a grilled cheese sandwich for one or a crowd!