How your thanksgiving? I hope it was just perfect.

thanksgiving grilled cheese

Unfortunately, we all came down with some horrid stomach bug and spent the day in bed, trying to keep vegetable broth and crackers down. No turkey, no stuffing, no pie.

Very thankfully, it only lasted about twenty-four hours, and then we were all back to normal. But seriously…it just HAD to be the twenty-four hours of thanksgiving?! My favorite holiday!


maple roasted cranberry   brussel spout grilled cheese

If I had more energy, I might have created the whole darn meal over again for our little family, but alas, I did not. Eight months of (ginormous) baby growing will do that to a mama. Plus, I had already made all the food and dropped it off at my daddy’s house so he (and the rest of my extended family) could have thanksgiving.

I just couldn’t muster up the energy to do it all again.

I could, however, gather the strength for this sandwich.

thanksgiving sandwich [yes I want cake]

Like a mini thanksgiving in my mouth.

All’s well that ends well (especially when it ends with a mouthful of sandwich and a smile).

sandwich smiles

Maple Roasted Cranberry + Brussels Sprout Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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makes one

  • 2 slices of crusty sourdough bread
  • 3 small slices of muenster cheese
  • 1 C fresh cranberries
  • zest of one orange
  • 2 T maple syrup
  • 3 T olive oil, divided
  • 4 larger brussels sprouts, finely chopped (about 1/2 C after chopping)
  • salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a small bowl, combine the cranberries, orange zest, maple syrup and 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a good pinch of salt + pepper. Pour cranberries on a parchment lined baking sheet and stick in the oven for about 12-15 minutes. Remove and let cool.

In a small skillet, heat another 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the chopped brussels sprouts and another good pinch of salt and pepper and sauté until soft and starting to brown on the edges. About 5 minutes. Remove from the pan and let cool.

In the same pan (just so you have less dishes), heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Place one slice of the bread right in the oil, then layer the 2 slices of the cheese, the brussels sprouts, the cranberries, the last slice of cheese, and the the bread.

Grill on both sides until bread is brown and cheese is melty.

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