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Thanksgiving grilled cheese sandwich

Butternut squash and cranberry orange chèvre on pumpkin bread.

By Shane KearnsGrilled Shane / November 25, 2011

A creamy and tart cheese with roasted butternut squashed between two pieces of pumpkin bread.

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I have only created one Thanksgiving grilled cheese sandwich in the three plus years of this blog. I wanted to change that this year. After my 2009 creation, Pumpkin Pie Grilled Cheese, I had a lot to live up to. I had to make this sandwich bigger and better. I had to think far outside the box. I had to push myself. I think I succeeded but you must be the judge…

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Ingredients for butternut squash & cranberry orange chevre pumpkin bread grilled cheese…

Spiced Butternut Squash
Mackenzie Creamery Cranberry Orange Chèvre
Pillsbury Quick Bread Pumpkin Bread

The cheese: mackenzie creamery cranberry orange chèvre

After trying Mackenzie’s Toasted Pumpkin Chèvre, I thought, why not try another Mackenzie original for this year’s Thanksgiving grilled cheese sandwich? Cranberry Orange sounds, at least to me, very festive and Thanksgiving-like. It seemed like a perfect base for a Thanksgiving grilled cheese sandwich. Plus, it was 50 cents off at our local grocery store, Heinen’s. Not a bad deal.

I won’t bore you with the details of chèvre (aka goat cheese), but I will tell you about this particular cheese. This cranberry orange chèvre was creamy and had a nice tart, strong flavor to it. (It worked really well with the other ingredients/bread of this grilled cheese. More on that later.) I am still not sure if there were cranberries mixed up and large pieces or just pieces, but that is irrelevant. The cheese really is fantastic and was a perfect choice for this sandwich.

The bread: pillsbury quick bread pumpkin bread

Besides making beer bread in January, I haven’t made bread since the family bought a Sunbeam bread maker about 10-15 years ago. Those were the days! When I was at Heinen’s and saw the Orange Cranberry Chèvre, I also saw a pumpkin bread kit. I thought, hmmm, why not make pumpkin bread for this year’s Thanksgiving grilled cheese? The sous chef returned to Heinen’s while I was working, asked about the kit and the clerk actually said that Pillsbury Quick Bread mix is a better choice and what he uses. I would say he is 100% correct. The pumpkin bread had the perfect mix of flavor and spice without being too strong or overpowering. Fantastic enough that I have continually been nibbling on the leftovers…

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