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Spooky Grilled Cheese

If I asked Kenya what he wanted in his school lunch everyday, most times he would say grilled cheese. Of course I'm the annoying type of mom who, in an effort to not let my kid get fixated on eating the same thing, tries to put something different in her kid's lunch each day. Little good it's done me. Kenya has always had a thing for a good grilled cheese. If you let your little one have grilled cheese everyday, try making him or her one of these spookie sammies to put a fun Halloween spin on what they're used to eating. I guarantee you'll be back leaving a comment here about what a hit it was once your little one comes home from school with an empty lunch box and is asking for more.

I let Kenya help me make his lunch while he eats his breakfast, giving him cookie cutters to make spooky shapes in the bread, which he loves doing. But as much fun as it is to make these sammies, eating them is even better -- especially for the grilled cheese lover in your life! My husband has already "commented" to me numerous times to make him this sammie for lunch. In fact, moments after I shot the picture above, he ate everything on the plate!

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Spooky Grilled Cheese (Serves 4)

Prep Time: 2 mins Cook Time: 6 mins

nut free

Ingredients

  • butter
  • 8 Slices Pumpernickel or Dark Rye Bread
  • 4 Slices cheddar cheese

Preparation

1. Using a Halloween themed cookie cutter, take four slices of the bread and cut out the centers.
2. Heat butter in a griddle or skillet over medium heat.
3. Cook the cut side pieces of bread and the whole pieces of bread in the saute pan for 3 minutes. Flip the whole piece of bread, cover with a slice of cheese and top with the un-cooked piece of cut-out bread cooking an additional 3 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
4. Serve.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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22 comments

  • Crystal

    This is super cute! When you pack grilled cheese for lunches, does you son eat it cold or find a place to warm it up at school?

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    • Catherine

      He eats his lunch at room temperature :)

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  • Diane

    Doesn't the cheese get all over the pan when u cook it cut side down? I've seen a similar recipe where u put it in the oven (i assume to avoid this) but it would be easier to do it all on the stove.

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    • Jeannette

      I have the same question.

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    • Laure Beck

      I was wondering the same thing also.

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    • Melissa Buckler

      Inquiring minds want to know!

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    • Catherine

      I'm rewriting the directions right now to make more sense!

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  • Christine

    I was wondering the same thing Crystal asked. Can this be eaten cold (and is it good) if there is no way to warm up. OR do you have a trick to keeping it warm?

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  • Marcy

    My son loves to take grilled cheese sandwiches to school. He just eats them cold.

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  • Nicki

    When you pack the grilled cheese for lunch do you put it in with an ice pack? I know the goal would be to eat it as warm as possible but not having the cheese near an ice pack would be unsafe? Just curious bc my 6 year old likes cheese quesodillas in his lunch and I'm never sure how to pack them! :)

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    • Marcy

      yes,I always put an ice pack in his lunch bag.

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    • Catherine

      I put an icepack in my son's lunch too. It keeps it cool, but not cold. There could be icicles on the grilled cheese and he would still eat it!

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    • [email protected]

      I put my son's grilled cheese in a thermos. Because some of his other lunch items are cold, I put the thermos in a paper bag separate from his main lunch bag (which has an ice pack in it). I can be a bit nuts though!

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  • Chris B

    Believe it or not, most cheese is fine without refrigeration for quite a while. It depends on the type of cheese; the harder the cheese the longer it will last without refrigeration, but anything you can buy in slice form will certainly be safe for a day at room temperature in a lunch box. I carry cheese sticks in the diaper bag as a snack for my kids without an ice pack all the time, and we've never had any problems. Prior to having kids, my husband and I were avid backpackers, and we would literally carry blocks of cheese in our packs with no refrigeration for a WEEK or more with no problems! In fact, cheese is standard fare for hikers and backpackers who need to carry their food in their packs with no refrigeration. I would not worry at all about a grilled cheese sandwich packed in a lunch box for a day.

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    • Catherine

      Very informative comment!

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  • Sarah

    another way to do this if you're worried about the cheese coming out is to cook it in your toaster..I read about this method a few weeks ago, you can turn your toaster on its side and put each slice with cheese on top in the slots (like a toaster oven) then put the slices together when it's done. seems like that method would work better for times like this!

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    • Tera

      GREAT idea! I'm going to try this and hope the cheese doesn't ooze into the coils.

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  • Kristina

    I made a version of these tonight..but used ham, egg and cheese for the filling and a few different halloween cutters we have. I put pea soup in frankenstein bowls to accompany it. Thanks for the inspiration it was a huge HIT! Sometimes the simplest ideas make the biggest splash.

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  • Donelle

    My kiddo requests grilled cheese almost every day. Love this creative add to his fave lunch.

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  • Maurine Cole

    I made a hybrid between the Grilled Avocado and Cheese sammie and this one by cutting out bats from two peices of bread, then making the Grilled Avocado and Cheese sammie with that rather than dealing with oozing cheese. Plus,the 2 year old was able to help prep the sammies this way!

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