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A Sneeky-Peeky Lunch Sandwich

Written by Naina Lal

Kids getting fussy about vegetables?? Here’s a clever way to sneak in some in their favorite sandwich. Okay, I agree you can’t hide it completely, Because the carrots and the peas still manage to peek at you….but trust me, one bite, and all they will think about is how ooey-gooey and delicious the cheese in the sandwich is. I tried this on my son, when one day he proclaimed how he didn’t like peas…or carrots…anymore. Not the one to give up easily, I took the challenge…….. and my son, took the bait. Needless to say, he is now hooked on this sandwich.

Sneaky-peaky grilled cheese sandwich  (Serves 4)

For the filling:

2 medium potatoes; boiled, peeled and mashed

1 small carrot; peeled and grated

1/2 cup; petite peas; defrosted

1/4 cup green beans; very finely chopped

1/4 cup ricotta cheese (optional)

1/2 tsp. cumin seed powder (optional)

2 Tbsps tomato ketchup

1 Tbsp chopped cilantro

salt and pepper to taste

4 tsp butter

8 cheddar cheese slices (or any other cheese slice of your preference)

8 oatmeal bread slices (or any other bread of your preference)

More ketchup for serving


Heat a flat non-stick pan or a skillet on medium-high heat.

Meanwhile, mix and mash the filling ingredients in a small bowl until it all comes together. Taste for seasoning.
Divide the mixture into 4 equal parts and set aside. (The filling can be made ahead and refrigerated for 10-12 hours). 

Lay 4 slices of bread on a cutting board. Place 1 slice of cheese on each. Next, spread the divided filling mixture evenly over each bread; spreading with a butter knife or your hands, to cover the entire square. Now, layer each with a second slice of cheese and then cover each sandwich with a slice of bread. So each sandwich should stack up in the order of bread, cheese, filling, cheese and bread. Spread a scant 1/2 tsp. of butter on the hot skillet and grill the sandwiches for 1 to 2 minutes; or until it is nice and golden on one side. Spread a scant 1/2 tsp butter on the top and flip the sandwich to grill the second side for another minute or two. Similarly, grill the rest of the sandwiches.

Cut each sandwich into two halves and serve with some extra ketchup on the side. Enjoy!

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