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30 Days of Grilled Cheese with Land O'Lakes

Grilled Cheese with Smoked Sausage, Raspberry Mustard and Sliced Apple

Yes--30 days full of grilled cheese ideas just for you! Not all from me, of course, but from 30 different bloggers. Land O’Lakes is celebrating Grilled Cheese Month, which is starting today and continuing for the month of April, with 30 different ideas for grilled cheese sandwiches using their classic American Cheese and their 4 Cheese Italian Blend.

My perfect grilled cheese? It includes the Land O’Lakes 4 Cheese Italian Blend, a tangy raspberry mustard, smoked apple Chardonnay sausage, and sliced apples, all griddled to perfection on sourdough bread. My daughter told me this was the best sandwich she’s ever had, and I have to agree--we love it!

It’s got everything covered--crispy, buttery edges, it’s slightly sweet from the mustard, a nice crunch from the apples, smoky sausage, and that fantastic blend of Asiago, Romano, Parmesan and American cheeses in the 4 Cheese Italian Blend. It’s a sandwich full of great taste and texture!

Grilled Cheese with Smoked Sausage, Raspberry Mustard and Sliced Apple

Did you know that Land O Lakes® Deli American Cheese is the number one seller in America? It’s true. They’ve been producing cheese for over 90 years, so they definitely know what they’re doing. Moms, Dads and kids love how versatile it is, and it tastes great. My daughter knows if I try to sneak another American cheese by her--she loves good old LOL American. And she finds it funny the the deli sticker on the package says LOL. Don’t forget that with grilling season approaching, you can add it to your favorite cheeseburger recipes!

How amazing is this? Pin a Meal. Give a Meal. Throughout April until May 1, Land O’Lakes will donate $1 to Feeding America every time someone pins or repins a Land O’Lakes recipe on Pinterest. That’s eight meals for a hungry family when you pin a recipe—and eight more every time anyone else repins it. Giving goes viral. Find your favorite Grilled Cheese recipe to pin on So please get those pins going and feed some hungry folks!

Grilled Cheese with Smoked Sausage, Raspberry Mustard and Sliced Apple

Elle’s Grilled Cheese, aka Grilled Cheese with Smoked Sausage, Raspberry Mustard and Sliced Apple

Makes one sandwich

2 slices sourdough bread
Raspberry jam with spicy deli mustard stirred in, to your taste preference
1 Smoked Apple Chardonnay Sausage, or your favorite (I had a 4 pack from Trader Joe’s)
1 small apple (I used Fuji), cored and thinly sliced
4 slices Land O Lakes® 4 Cheese Italian Blend
Butter for grilling the sandwich, as much as you may need


First off, mix the raspberry jam and deli mustard in a small bowl. Adjust to your taste and set aside. Now, my sourdough bread was large, so I needed about ¼ cup of jam and 1 tbsp mustard, but amounts are up to you.

Slice the apple and the sausage and set aside. I like to slice the sausage on an angle for larger pieces and more bread coverage.

Heat your pan or griddle to just over medium heat. Spread the raspberry mustard on the bread and when the pan is hot enough, melt some butter in it--about 1 tbsp. You may also just butter your bread, but my butter was straight out of the fridge--too hard to spread on bread.

Place one slice of bread in the pan, mustard side up. Place two pieces of cheese down on the bread, followed by the sausage slices and then the apple slices. Place two more pieces of cheese over the apples, and add the second piece of bread, mustard side down, of course.

When the bottom bread slice is golden brown and toasty, use a spatula to carefully flip the sandwich over. I usually add more butter while I have the sandwich on the spatula--just have your butter ready to go and within reach.

When the bottom of the sandwich is golden brown, remove from the pan, let it cool for a couple of minutes and slice. Serve with your favorite soup or chips.

Visit Land O’Lakes online for more information and recipe ideas, and be sure to check out the other 29 grilled cheese ideas from the other bloggers in the series! Oh, and remember to pin those grilled cheese recipes and help to feed the hungry!

Click on the logo below to follow along and get more fantastic grilled cheese recipes!

Disclosure: this post was sponsored by Land O’Lakes as part of the Kitchen Play Sidecar series. All opinions given are my own.

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Reader Comments (17)

I've been doing a lot of grilled cheese lately (is there anything more comforting???) and this looks like a damn good one!

Brian, I don't think there is anything more comforting when you need it. Add a cup of soup and it's true love. Thank you!

April 1, 2013 | Registered CommenterElle

Grilled cheese is definitely on both of our favorite foods list here, and that one looks awesome! This is a great thing LOL (that cracks me up, too!) is doing, partnering with Feeding America (one of my favorite charities). Going to go a-Pinning, right now!

April 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRenee J. (RJ Flamingo)

Thank you, Renee! Especially for the pinning part - it's such a wonderful, easy way to involve people in the charity.

April 1, 2013 | Registered CommenterElle

I LOVE me some grilled cheese and this one looks awesome! I guess I'll take a peak on Pinterst (twist my arm) for the charity, too!

April 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmy (Savory Moments)

Thank you, Amy!

April 1, 2013 | Registered CommenterElle

I can't find the 4-cheese Italian blend anywhere! Must keep searching :) So happy it's National Grilled Cheese Month!

April 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSues

Hi Sues! I've found it at both Market Basket and Stop and Shop. Hope this helps! Thanks for stopping by.

April 2, 2013 | Registered CommenterElle

That sounds pretty darn perfect! I love apple on a grilled cheese but have never added sausage.

April 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkat

Thank you, Kathy!

April 2, 2013 | Registered CommenterElle

raspberry mustard? where can i get my paws on that? this is a great grilled cheese, elle. :)

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergrace

Thanks, Grace! Man, I could swear that Stonewall Kitchen used to have a raspberry mustard, but it's not available anymore. I just mixed up my own--a spicy deli mustard and some raspberry jam. Start with more jam than mustard, and add to taste.

April 3, 2013 | Registered CommenterElle

This sounds wonderful with the raspberry mustard!

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

Just the pictures alone give me comfort! I love all the flavor combinations you've added here Elle. Tart, tangy, creamy, sweet. This grilled cheese has it all (plus a wonderfully brown crunch)!
I'll be pinning your recipe Elle. Thanks. It's nice to know that Land O' Lakes is giving back.

April 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRenee - Kudos Kitchen

Thank you so much, Renee! I appreciate it very much!

April 5, 2013 | Registered CommenterElle

What a unique grilled cheese sandwich!

April 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJersey Girl Cooks

How could you not love this, it's incredible.

April 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBunny

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