Grilled Cheese on Homemade Bread

Grilled Cheese has been a staple in our house for many years. Typically we have Grilled Cheese for lunch on Sunday after church because it is an easy meal to make with hungry kids. Growing up, I remember having it with the typical white bread and the American cheese slices that were unwrapped from the plastic sheets, however, our kids love mommas grilled cheese because it made with a ton of love.

Elliana eating homemade bread at counter

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Homemade with love

Homemade bread has not always been amazing in our house. The first loaves that were made, back in 2012, were dry and crumbled when sliced and as the days went on, the bread just got so dry. These loaves, the initial loaves that were made in a bread machine, were the inspiration for making food from scratch. We wanted a loaf that was dense yet moist, not dry and would be of more substance than air. A typical loaf of bread from the grocery store seems to deflate when you bite into it. Not all types of store bought bread are made the same. Some loaves of bread are dense and stay that way when eating, however, some flatten and deflate when you bite into it.

When I went to make bread, I wanted a bread that would stay moist for a few days while maintaining a good form and not deflate as if it were filled with air. There have been many a recipe that I have tried in the last decade. For instance, oatmeal bread, wheat bread, white bread, French bread and seven-grain bread just to name a few. Out of all of the recipes that have been tasted and made, our favorite is an oat wheat bread. However, for Grilled Cheese, a basic white or wheat homemade bread works just perfectly. Click the link below for the recipe for homemade bread that was used in this Grilled Cheese recipe.

What cheese to use

For Grilled Cheese, we typically use pre sliced cheese as it is easier and the same cost as buying block cheese at our local ALDI. We love to have Colby Jack, swiss, provolone, Havarti, Muenster, and Sharp Cheddar. An 8-ounce package of pre sliced cheese costs $1.79 and with the additional low cost of making bread from scratch, Grilled Cheese can then be an inexpensive meal.

sliced cheeses on wood cutting board for grilled cheese

Buying sliced cheese at any other grocery store than ALDI costs almost double, and that is for the store-brand and not a big name brand. At Festival Foods, a local grocery store, an 8-ounce package of sliced Sharp Cheddar cheese costs $3.79 with Sargento costing $4.49. ALDI prices their 8-ounce packages of slice cheese at $1.79.
If we were to make ten Grilled Cheese using ALDI pre sliced cheese, it would cost $3.58. If we were to use Sargento the cost would be $8.98 for cheese, making that an additional $5.40 for cheese alone. With our weekly food budget at $170, paying an extra $5 in cheese for one meal is just unrealistic.

Making two loaves of homemade bread costs $1.11 and then adding to that the cost of the cheese is $7.16, the total cost to make twenty Grilled Cheese sandwiches would be $8.26.

However, if we were to buy bread at ALDI, the cost would be $1.65 per loaf making this meal $10.46.

Grilled Cheese with Homemade Bread Recipe

Ingredients

Sliced homemade bread
Butter
Sliced Cheese
Griddle
Spatula

two loaves of bread before baking

Directions

1. Firstly, slice the homemade bread into 1/2-inch slices using a sharp and serrated knife.

2. Warm a griddle to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and then butter the bread and place the slices onto the griddle.

Elliana watching Monica make dinner

3. When one side is warm and toasted, use a spatula to flip the bread and then lay a slice of cheese on each piece.

Placing sliced cheese on bread on griddle

4. Then flip one piece of toasted bread with a slice of melty cheese onto a second piece and let the two pieces of cheese melt together in an ooey-gooey-cheesy amazingness. And of course, watch out for cheese thieves as they are many.

Samuel smiling at camera while making grilled cheese on homemade bread

5. When fully grilled, use a spatula and place them on a serving plate.

grilled cheese on glass plate on table for lunch

6. Finally, serve your Grilled Cheese on Homemade Bread with a deliciously warm tomato soup and enjoy!
~Monica

tomato soup in a bowl with grilled cheese on white plate

Recipe for Grilled Cheese made with Homemade Bread

Ingredients for Grilled Cheese

Sliced homemade bread
Butter
Sliced Cheese
Griddle
Spatula

Directions for Grilled Cheese

1. First thing to do is to slice the homemade bread into 1/2-inch slices.
2. Warm a griddle to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and then butter the bread and place the slices onto the griddle.
3. When one side is warm and toasted, flip the bread and then lay a slice of cheese on each piece.
4. Then flip one piece of toasted bread with a slice of melty cheese onto a second piece and let the two pieces of cheese melt together in an ooey-gooey-cheesy amazingness. And of course, watch out for cheese thieves as they are many.
5. When fully grilled, use a spatula and place them on a serving plate.
6. Finally, serve your Grilled Cheese on Homemade Bread with a deliciously warm tomato soup and enjoy!
~Monica

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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