A Grilled Cheese To Please The Grown-Up Kid In You

Photo: Courtesy of Joy The Baker.
I could totally just eat cranberry sauce with a spoon, so you can imagine my delight when I paired it with bread, cheese, and mustard. The result was ridiculously delicious.
When you start with good ingredients, it feels like nothing can go wrong. Here we have a whole grain sourdough (still warm from my awkwardly early grocery run), creamy Brie cheese, whole grain mustard, unsalted butter, and the crown jewel — leftover cranberry sauce! This is a recipe you'll want to have on-hand in a few weeks when you're looking for something beyond the ordinary to do with all those holiday leftovers.
This sandwich is exactly as supreme as it looks. The bread is buttery and crisp, and the insides are sweet, robust, and utterly divine. It’s one part fancy, one part expensive, and one part leftovers. So much good in just a single sandwich.
Cranberry Brie Grilled Cheese
Makes one sandwich, but you should make as many as necessary
2 slices sourdough bread
1 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup cranberry sauce
1 heaping tbsp whole grain mustard
a good hunk of brie cheese
1. Butter one side of each slice of bread. Place bread butter side down on a cutting board and slather one side of the bread with mustard and the other side of bread with cranberry sauce.
2. Generously smear Brie cheese (rind and all) atop the mustard side of the bread (it’s less messing than smearing cheese on cranberry). Join the two slices together, but don’t smash them together.
3. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-low heat. Place sandwich in heated pan butter side down. Flip when bottom has turned a golden brown. Brown on each side. Remove from pan and allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Slice in two. Serve immediately.

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