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Messy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Messy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Children will love to help prepare these simple cheese sandwiches. Be sure an adult is nearby to supervise. Kids can slice the cheese, stir the butter and parsley together, and spread the butter on the bread slices. Then they can assemble the sandwiches. Serve with our Roasted Tomato Soup (see related recipe at right).


  • 6 Tbs. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room
  • 6 Tbs. coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 12 slices country-style bread, each 3/4 inch
  • 1 lb. aged cheddar cheese, thinly sliced


Preheat an electric panini press according to the manufacturer's instructions.

In a small bowl, stir together the butter and parsley. Spread one side of each bread slice with the parsley butter. Lay 6 slices, buttered side down, on a clean work surface and top with the cheese, dividing evenly. Top each with one of the remaining bread slices, buttered side up.

Working in batches, place the sandwiches on the preheated panini press, cover and cook according to the manufacturer's instructions until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted, 3 to 4 minutes.

Transfer the sandwiches to a cutting board and cut in half. Serve immediately. Serves 6.

Williams-Sonoma Kitchen.