I used to have a student in my class who told me that for everyone’s birthday in his family, they had fancy grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner.

I had him explain to me what that meant, and I learned that it was basically a grilled cheese on nice french bread. Genius for a family of three young kids, right?


And it’s kind of weird…but I think about this boy and his birthday dinner a lot. Like every time I want a grilled cheese. Which is at least once a week.

I’ve never taken the extra five mintues to make it fancy. Until now.

Thank you former-third-grade-student-of-Mrs,Unger.


Mustard + Pear Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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  • 3 T butter, divided
  • 1 medium pear
  • 2 T whole grain mustard
  • 4 slices of cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices of good quality french bread (I made my own)

Melt 1 1/2 T butter in a small skillet. Slice the pear into thin slices and sauté in the melted butter for 2-3 minutes (you’re going to FREAK at how good these are, try not to eat them all before they make it to the sandwich). Set aside.

Spread the remaining 1 1/2 T butter on one side of two slices of  bread. On the other sides, spread the mustard. Then layer the pears and cheese and put together

Either put into a panini press or into a skillet, grilling on both sides until the bread is browned and the cheese is melted.

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