Grilled Cheese Rollups

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When it comes to great lunch ideas for kids, grilled cheese sandwiches are usually at the top of the list. So it's no surprise that Melissa of Chin Deep had her daughter Gracie insisting they make this new take on the regular grilled cheese sandwich. This great grilled cheese recipe is not your typical sandwich recipe; it's for grilled cheese roll-ups. It might sound a little strange, but once you try them, you'll see why they are such a great idea. Gracie also had some other ideas for different roll up recipes too, and there are others online as well. For example, you can make apple pie roll-ups in the same way but with cinnamon and sugar to make for a nice sweet treat. You could also try out some Nutella in these roll-ups or any other grilled sandwich you like. Also, this is a good recipe for kids to help make too, so they get familiar with making food. Of course, always supervise them. Even a regular grilled cheese recipe can be enhanced by adding different ingredients. You could add different cheeses and even vegetables like tomatoes and spinach. Or meat like some grilled chicken or turkey. But a great grilled cheese recipe will always be the classic grilled cheese with American style cheese between two pieces of bread.

Grilled cheese sandwiches go back to the 1920s when the bread slicer was invented. Then, the processed cheese was created by James L. Kraft who was part of the Kraft empire which is still one of the top food producers today. By 1914 Kraft opened its first factory in Illinois and quickly expanded into Canada. Now that both convenient bread and cheese were available, the grilled cheese sandwich could manifest. So during World War II Navy cooks made cheese sandwiches that had one slice of bread with grated cheese on it. In 1949 Kraft created Kraft Singles which are the popular single wrapped slices of processed orange coloured cheese and they were out in grocery stores by 1965. The term grilled cheese didn't even appear until the 1960s, but at first, it was more like a cheese toast, an open-faced version of the sandwich. Then the second piece of bread was added to make the sandwich more filling, and the grilled cheese sandwich was born. There are now many variations on how the grilled cheese sandwiches are made. There are even gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and food trucks that solely serve up different types of grilled cheese sandwich.

These grilled cheese roll-ups could be served at a restaurant as a cool take on a grilled cheese sandwich or mozzarella sticks. But you can just as easily make them in the comfort of your own home. All you need is six slices of very soft white bread, six slices American cheese like Kraft singles, butter, and marinara sauce for dipping. Take a sharp knife and remove the crusts from all of the pieces of bread you'll be using in this recipe. Now take a rolling pin and flatten out each piece of bread so that they are all very flat. Put a slice of cheese on each piece of bread and then roll them up tightly. To seal the ends, you can just press the bread together at the seam or use a drop of water to moisten it and squish it together. Then, in a pan on medium heat add a couple of tablespoons of butter and put the roll-ups in the pan. Roll them around until they are crispy and golden brown on all sides. Then serve with tomato sauce or ketchup for a classic flavour and dip them in and enjoy.***

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