Serve a Summer Grilled Cheese Dinner Tray for lunch or dinner! Make cheesy grilled cheese sandwiches and serve hot with fresh fruit and a chocolate nosh!

woman holidng a large white tray with grilled cheese sandwiches and fresh fruit

Friends, how about a smaller tray filled with grilled cheese and summer fruit and a chocolate nosh for Memorial Day? Or how about lunch for dinner?

Summer Grilled Cheese Dinner Tray

I think with so many of us hosting on a smaller scale now (hopefully not forever!), this grilled cheese tray is a great idea! Grab all the details BELOW for this new fabulous tray! It’s affordable, too!

a tray with grilled cheese sandwiches and fresh fruit and chocolate brownies and almonds

The feeling of home

I’m more in love with my home now than ever, and part of this is from being home so much the last couple of months. I have a new appreciation, do you?

people sitting in a living room talking

It reminds me of this quote, and the feeling of “home.”

“The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing — to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all the beauty came from — my country, the place where I ought to have been born. Do you think it all meant nothing, all the longing? The longing for home? For indeed it now feels not like going, but like going back.”― C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces

Thank you C.S. Lewis!

dining table with chairs set for dinner with CS Lewis quote

Our home, even though we’re still finishing up a few remodeling projects, feels so warm and homey, a credit I award entirely to our comfy beds, our beloved Alder, and that we have each other.

Oh, then then there’s a yummy dinner that’s served every night, and we get to eat together.

close up of tray with grilled cheese sandwiches and fresh fruit

Ingredients for this tray:

  • Dave’s Killer Bread
  • Garlic & Dill Cabot Cheddar Cheese and Garlic Cheddar Cheese (we used 2 kinds)
  • Butter
  • Fresh strawberries, apricots, and cherries
  • Chocolate covered almonds
  • Brownie bites
  • Salami slices

a tray with grilled cheese sandwiches and fresh fruit

I’m also super excited to tell you about my NEW TRAY.

Let’s get started … I think you will love this idea, too. And it’s food safe!

a large oval white serving tray

Everyday Enamelware Serving Tray

Today I’m using an Everyday Enamelware Serving Tray by LeCreuset!

It has a porcelain enamel durable coating, easy to clean, it’s shatterproof, and resistant to stains, scratches and rust. YAY!

It’s also lightweight and versatile, and I LOVE IT.

Did I mention, it’s food safe?

Use it for a tray to carry food or glasses to your deck, or as a food board!

You can buy the Everyday Enamelware Serving Tray by LeCreuset, HERE.

woman holidng a large white tray with grilled cheese sandwiches and fresh fruit and chocolate

Maybe you already follow The Big Board ideas, so grab those, and use this tray on a smaller scale. You can also make these Grilled Caprese Skewers (with cheese).

grilled cheese sandwiches

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Earlier this week, we had lunch for dinner. Do you ever do that? Grilled cheese (yum), with fruit and maybe even with tomato soup? Last year, Abby made this Grilled Cheese Tomato Soup Board at college. If you haven’t tried this Best Orange Basil Tomato Soup, you must!

large white oval serving tray with a loaf of bread, cheese slicer, cube of butter, and 2 kinds of cheese

Have you tried Cabot Cheese? Their flavors are out of this world. Cabot Cheese and Dave’s Killer Bread … the perfect pair.

a grill with 8 pieces of bread with butter and cheese

This time we used Garlic & Dill Cheddar Cheese and Garlic Cheddar Cheese for the sandwiches.

How to make Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

  1. Arrange 16 pieces of bread on the counter and butter one side. Slice the cheese. For 8 sandwiches you need 12 oz. of cheese.
  2. Heat a large grill on your stovetop and place the buttered sides of bread down.
  3. Place the cheese on top; lay another piece of bread on top (butter side up). After a couple of minutes, flip the grilled cheese sandwich over.

a grill with 8 grilled cheese sandwiches cooking

Oh so good. Make them on a giant grill (if you have one, or use a frying pan and keep hot in the oven).

Right before serving, arrange them on a tray with other foods, and serve!

ENJOY!

Happy Memorial Day weekend, Friends!

woman holidng a large white tray with grilled cheese sandwiches and fresh fruit
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Summer Grilled Cheese Dinner Tray

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf Dave’s Killer Bread
  • 2 8 oz packages Garlic & Dill Cabot Cheddar Cheese, (use 12 oz)
  • Butter
  • Fresh strawberries, apricots, and cherries
  • Chocolate covered almonds
  • Brownie bites
  • Salami slices

Instructions

  • Arrange 16 pieces of bread on the counter and butter one side. Slice the cheese. For 8 sandwiches you need 12 oz. of cheese (1 1/2 blocks of Cabot Cheese).
  • Heat a large grill on your stovetop and place the buttered sides of bread down. Place the cheese on top; lay another piece of bread on top (butter side up). After a couple of minutes, flip the grilled cheese sandwich over.
  • Meanwhile, on a board or tray, arrange the fresh fruit and sweets, and leave room to stack the hot grilled cheese sandwiches.
  • Make flowers with salami slices and lay on the tray.
  • Place hot sandwiches on the tray and serve!
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woman holding a large white tray filled with grilled cheese sandwiches and fresh fruit

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