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In my opinion, stuffing is the best part of the Thanksgiving meal. My love of this traditional side might very well stem from the fact that I only get to enjoy it once a year, unlike other key players such as turkey and mashed potatoes. It’s a well-known fact that cheese makes everything better, so I decided to test out a grilled cheese stuffing recipe. I substituted in grilled cheese cubes for traditional bread crumbs, and the result was pretty delicious.

Grilled Cheese Stuffing Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1.5 hours

Yield: 9 servings

4 grilled cheese sandwiches
8 slices of white bread
8 slices of Tillamook Cheese (I used Sharp Cheddar for mine!)
3 tablespoons butter
6 tablespoons Tillamook Unsalted Butter
1 cup white or yellow onion, diced
1 ½ cups celery, diced
¾ cup raw mushroom, diced
1 egg
1 cup chicken stock
½ teaspoon poultry seasoning
¼ cup Tillamook Cheddar, shredded

Grilled Cheese Stuffing
1. First, prepare four grilled cheese sandwiches in a frying pan, griddle or Panini press. Once the cheese has melted, and the bread is toasted, set aside to cool slightly.

2. Preheat oven to 325 and butter a medium size casserole dish (9x9x2 is what I used).

3. In a pan, cook onion, celery, and mushrooms in the butter until soft.

4. In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg. Add the chicken stock and poultry seasoning and mix until combined. Next, carefully dump in the onion, celery and mushroom mixture, allowing any excess butter to get added to the large mixture as well.

5. Cut your grilled cheese sandwiches, (which should now be cool enough to touch), into small cubes (about ½ inch). Once your sandwiches are diced up, add the cubed pieces to the wet mixture and carefully stir with a spoon until everything is combined.

6. Pour into the casserole dish and bake for 45 minutes.

7. Remove and sprinkle the shredded cheese on top, then bake for another 15 minutes.  Let your stuffing sit for at least 5 minutes before serving, then enjoy!

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