Cranberry Pecan Grilled Cheese

Grab some leftover cranberry sauce and get ready to rock your face with this tasty Cranberry Pecan Grilled Cheese! Thanksgiving leftovers take this easy cheesy sandwich to the next level!

Cranberry Pecan Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Make the most of your holiday leftovers with this sweet and savory grilled cheese sandwich!

I used my go-to slow cooker cranberry sauce (I have some tucked in the freezer at all times) and used brown sugar in place of the honey in the sauce so it could be vegan-friendly as well. Easy peasy! This recipe works gloriously with both vegan slices and your favorite conventional cheese so it can easily be made vegan or vegetarian.

Want to maximize your Thanksgiving leftovers? Make your grilled cheese a panini by piling it high with leftover stuffing, mashed potatoes, sliced apple, etc… for the ultimate next day sammie. SO GOOD!

Cranberry Pecan Grilled Cheese

The recipe below makes one saucy sandwich and can easily be doubled or tripled as needed. Let’s get our grilled cheese on!

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of your favorite bread
  • 2-3 TBSP leftover cranberry sauce, warmed
  • 1-2 TBSP finely chopped/crushed roasted pecans (optional)
  • 2 slices of your favorite cheese: use mozzarella or provolone for vegetarian and Daiya Provolone Style Slices for vegan
  • 1-2 TBSP butter or vegan buttery spread of choice

Instructions

  1. Spread cranberry sauce on each slice of bread.
  2. Top one slice with a sprinkle of crushed toasted pecans and cheese and top with the remaining slice of bread.
  3. For an extra golden crust, spread the outside of each slice of bread with mayo, butter, vegan buttery spread, or coconut oil. Any of these options work great!
  4. Next heat a pan to medium heat with some extra buttery spread or coconut oil. Once hot, add your sandwich. Use a spatula to press down on the grilled cheese, and feel free to pop a clear pot lid on top to help melt the slices. Before flipping, add a little more spread/oil if your pan is dry. Pop your lid back on if you’re using one and grill each side until golden brown with a melty center.

Cranberry Grilled Cheese Recpe

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Cranberry Pecan Grilled Cheese

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Cranberry Pecan Grilled Cheese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Author Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of your favorite bread
  • 2-3 TBSP leftover cranberry sauce (warmed up)
  • 1-2 TBSP finely chopped/crushed roasted pecans (optional but delicious)
  • 2 slices of your favorite cheese: mozzarella or provolone for vegetarian and Daiya Provolone Style Slices for vegan
  • 1-2 TBSP butter or vegan buttery spread of choice

Instructions

  1. Spread cranberry sauce on each slice of bread.
  2. Top one slice with a sprinkle of crushed toasted pecans and cheese and top with the remaining slice of bread.
  3. For an extra golden crust, spread the outside of each slice of bread with mayo, butter, vegan buttery spread, or coconut oil. Any of these options work great!
  4. Next heat a pan to medium heat with some extra buttery spread or coconut oil. Once hot, add your sandwich. Use a spatula to press down on the grilled cheese, and feel free to pop a clear pot lid on top to help melt the slices. Before flipping, add a little more spread/oil if your pan is dry. Pop your lid back on if you're using one and grill each side until golden brown with a melty center.

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  • Oh, I want to rock my face with this all right. It’s delicious and beautiful!

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