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Easter Grilled Cheese

April 5, 2021
3 min. read

Herbed Havarti and Pork Grilled Cheese

Happy Easter, Everyone! We hope you had a wonderful day of festivities yesterday, whether it was spent attending a church service, playing outside, dyeing eggs, or gathering with family and friends around the table.

If you participated in the latter, chances are you have some great Easter leftovers you may be looking to transform into a creative new meal today. Well—we’re here to help! We think you can never go wrong with a delicious grilled cheese sandwich. It’s a great way to use up certain ingredients while uniquely customizing the dish to match seasonal flavors.

That’s why the Easter edition of our Holiday Grilled Cheese series highlights a few different recipes, to work with whatever leftovers you may have on hand. If you don’t have the elements to make our featured recipe below, scroll further down for some more grilled cheese ideas utilizing some classic Easter sides and entrées.

Featured Grilled Cheese: Herbed Havarti and Pork Grilled Cheese

Herbed Havarti and Pork Grilled Cheese

Roasted pork is a perfect entrée for Easter dinner—the tender, flavorful meat can adapt to any type of seasoning and is an ideal pairing for many classic sides like cheesy potatoes or steamed veggies. Its adaptability also makes pork the choice protein for our new grilled cheese recipe, debuting alongside peppery arugula, herby Havarti cheese, and a few other flavor-boosting components.

For this recipe, we used prepared pork tenderloin (making this an easy “anytime” leftovers meal), but you can use whatever cooked pork you have on hand, such as roasted pork loin or braised pork shoulder. Simply prepare the cooked meat by carving it into thin slices and layering it in amongst the other ingredients.

Our preferred cheese for this sandwich is a combination of provolone (a mild, semi-soft cheese with a slightly smoky flavor) and herbed Havarti (a creamy, meltable cheese with a mild flavor). The mild nature of both cheeses allows the herbs and seasoning to truly shine. Choose any flavor of Havarti that you desire, or feel free to add your own freshly chopped herbs instead.

In addition to fresh arugula, the last crucial element to this recipe is the tangy herb mayo. Every sandwich needs a fun condiment and this spread of mayonnaise, capers, and lemon pepper seasoning adds just the right accent to the roast pork slices and creamy cheese blend.

Finish it all off between two slices of Martin’s Potato Bread and pan-fry to your desired level of toastiness. Then enjoy!


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Option #2: Ham & Pineapple Grilled Cheese

Did you serve up a classic glazed ham this Easter instead? Layer the leftovers into this sweet-and-savory grilled cheese recipe alongside fresh or canned pineapple slices, Monterey jack cheese, and oregano-and-parsley buttered Martin’s Whole Wheat Potato Bread. The ultimate post-Easter brunch!


Option #3: Loaded Baked Potato Grilled Cheese

Baked Potato Grilled Cheese

Potatoes in any form are a quintessential Easter side dish. So bring out your cheesy scalloped potatoes, oven-roasted crispy potatoes, or twice-baked potatoes, and pack them into this ultimate sandwich creation. Be sure to add in all the fixings—from crumbled bacon and cheddar cheese to chopped scallions, garlic, and sour cream.


Looking for additional grilled cheese ideas?
Explore our Grilled Cheese Archive for more inspiration.


Additional Easter Recipes:

Green Bean Casserole Sliders w/ Ham

Grilled Asparagus Subs

Savory Cheesy Bread

Baked Pineapple Casserole


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