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Christmas Grilled Cheese

December 20, 2021
4 min. read

Cranberry Bacon Brie Grilled Cheese

Christmastime is finally here, so…put on some holiday tunes, finish wrapping those last minute presents, and start dreaming about your holiday meal menu. Whether you’ll be travelling to visit family this week or staying snug at home, we hope your celebration is merry and bright, and filled with plenty of delicious food!

Of course, the Christmas season is about more than just gifts and good food, but we know that many of life’s cherished moments happen around the table surrounded by those we love. May this holiday season bring you peace and joy and all good things.

If you’re looking for a simple, seasonal recipe to indulge in a much-needed meal break from the many holiday festivities, look no further than this Cranberry Bacon & Brie Grilled Cheese!

This Christmas grilled cheese is the perfect combination of flavors: sweet maple swirl bread, salty bacon, tart cranberry sauce, savory brie cheese, and a sprinkling of spice from red pepper flakes. Serve it up as a mid-morning brunch or enjoy as a post-holiday meal using leftovers from your formal dinner celebration!

Cranberry Bacon Brie Grilled Cheese

Featured Recipe: ­­­Cranberry Bacon Brie Grilled Cheese

With its creative combination of flavors and festive red-and-white appearance (with a bit of “sparkle”), this holiday sandwich recipe will fit right in amongst your seasonal décor. Plus—it uses some of our favorite Christmas menu items, like brie cheese and cranberry sauce, making this a perfectly on-theme option for any type of gathering.

Let’s take a closer look at how to prepare this recipe:

Cranberry Bacon Brie Grilled Cheese

The Meat: Bacon

While bacon isn’t a seasonal ingredient, we think it has its place on any holiday menu—whether as part of a Christmas brunch, atop your favorite potato side dish, or incorporated into fancy appetizers like bacon-wrapped dates or this Bacon Pecan Cheeseball.

The smoky, salty bacon helps to add a complex flavor contrast to the cranberry sauce element in this sandwich while also adding a crunchy textural element.

Bonus: Try a flavor variation like peppered bacon or brown sugar-candied bacon for an added twist!

The Cheese: Brie

Baked brie is a classic Christmas appetizer due to its creamy, buttery taste and its versatility when paired with either sweet and fruity or savory and salty ingredients. Brie also makes a great grilled cheese companion for these same reasons! In this recipe, it is exactly what is needed to balance the sweet cranberry sauce and salty bacon, (not to mention—it makes for a perfectly melty sandwich).

Bonus: Check out this Cranberry-Almond Baked Brie for another festive Christmas appetizer using two of our featured ingredients!

The Spread: Cranberry Sauce

Cranberries are one of winter’s many treasures. With their sweet-tart flavor and brilliant, vibrant color, these bright red berries just scream “Christmas.” (Check out this Christmas Bread Pudding recipe for another great example.)

Tip: If you’re already planning to serve up some cranberry sauce at your holiday celebration, make sure to set some aside to use for this recipe!

The Spice: Red Pepper Flakes

A light sprinkling of crushed red pepper flakes adds a bit of heat and complexity to this already-yummy grilled cheese recipe! Of course, if you aren’t a fan of spice you can leave this ingredient out, but we feel that it adds an extra-special “something.”

Also—we can’t get over how pretty it looks alongside the other red and white elements in this sandwich! It definitely adds a touch of sparkly holiday cheer.

The Bread: Martin’s Maple Brown Sugar Swirl Potato Bread

We love all of our Swirl breads, but Maple Brown Sugar was our go-to choice for this holiday grilled cheese recipe because of its sweet syrupy flavor. The extra touch of sweetness enhances the other flavors without being overwhelming, and the decorative swirls on top add a pretty design aesthetic. (Think of it like an expertly-wrapped Christmas gift!)


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More Christmas Recipes

Looking for other creative and delicious holiday meals? Give these recipes a try! Or, head to our Christmas recipes archive for even more ideas.

Sweet Chili Chicken Burgers with Broccoli Rabe

Rosemary Pork Loin Sandwich

Cranberry Meatball Sliders

Ricotta Crostini

Holiday Crostini


More Grilled Cheese Ideas

Well, we’ve made it to the end of our Holiday Grilled Cheese Series. If you missed any of our featured blog posts, check them out at the links below!

View more at:

Merry Christmas!

Here at Martin’s, the holiday season is very meaningful to us. We would like to take this time to reflect on the many blessings we’ve been given—including our amazing customers like you! We hope this season finds you well. May God bless all our customers with goodness and health. We are grateful for every one of you!

— From the Martin Family & Martin’s Team


Further Reading

Explore these other Christmas blogs for more inspiration!

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Cranberry Bacon Brie Grilled Cheese

Cranberry Bacon Brie Grilled Cheese

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