How to Make a Great Grilled Cheese for Kids

Grilled cheese sandwich
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Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

Calories 262
Fat 12g
Carbs 25g
Protein 13g
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Total Time 10 min
Prep 5 min, Cook 5 min
Servings 1

Who doesn't love a grilled cheese sandwich? It's super quick and easy to make and, above all, absolutely delicious, making it the go-to meal for busy parents who need to whip something up in a pinch. Cheese and bread taste great together, but they're also the perfect foundation to build a handcrafted, gourmet sandwich upon. Next time you make grilled cheese for your little one, use the simple recipe below but don't forget to make one for yourself. Just be sure to unleash your creativity and culinary potential.

Ingredients

  • 2 slices whole wheat bread
  • 1-ounce slice mozzarella cheese
  • 1 pat unsalted butter

Preparation

Make a simpler grilled cheese for your toddler!

  1. Spread a layer of butter or margarine on one side of each piece of bread.
  2. Heat a non-stick skillet to medium heat.
  3. When the pan is hot, place a slice of bread - buttered side down - into the skillet and then place the cheese on the bread. Top with the other slice of bread, buttered side up.
  4. Flip the sandwich with a spatula after it turns golden brown, usually after about 2 minutes. Cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  1. Use a pizza cutter, knife or kitchen shears to cut the sandwich into bite-sized pieces for your toddler.

Ingredient Variations and Substitutions

You can use any type of cheese that melts easily and you can add thinly sliced or grated veggies or lunch meat to the sandwich to add more nutritional value.

Cooking and Serving Tips

Use a cast iron skillet. Everything tastes better when cooked in cast iron, and you'll notice a difference.

  1. Thoroughly coat the entire surface of the bread with butter, olive oil, etc. so it cooks evenly.
  2. Be patient. Keep the heat low so the bread turns golden brown and the cheese melts perfectly.
  3. Consider your cheese-to-bread ratio to avoid biting into a chunk of just bread. A sandwich made with two thick, hearty slices of whole grain bread will probably require more cheese than one made with thin slices of white bread.
  4. Grated cheese melts faster than slices of cheese.
  5. Be creative. A basic grilled cheese is delicious, but it's also the foundation for the sandwich of your dreams. Instead of American cheese, try mozzarella or gruyere. Instead of white bread, opt for pita. 
  1. Brown the bread in a small skillet and cook the sandwich open-faced in the oven at 400 degrees so the cheese turns brown and bubbles. Put the two slices together and you have a delicious oven-baked grilled cheese.
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving  
Calories 262
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 433mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 3g  
Includes 2g Added Sugars 4%
Protein 13g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 235mg 18%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 165mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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