Cranberry Pear Grilled Cheese Sandwich (vegan)

Cranberry Pear Grilled Cheese Sandwich (vegan)

Cranberry Pear Grilled Cheese Sandwich


It’s Monday! Not only another fabulous Meatless Monday link up with my co-host Deborah but Thanksgiving is only a few days away! Today I have a delicious Cranberry Pear Grilled Cheese Sandwich (vegan) sandwich made with leftover cranberries, or should I say planned overs?


Cranberry Pear Grilled Cheese Sandwich (vegan)

Cranberry Pear Grilled Cheese Sandwich, no coconut bacon


While I’m not a big fan of most traditional Thanksgiving eats, aka turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. I just love spending time with family and that’s what it’s all about for me. Than comes all the delicious sides. yes pie/desserts, and cranberries! Ok so if you’re a regular readier you know all about my obsession with cranberries this year. Not sure if it was ignited with CranFest or what the deal is but really craving them more than ever and pumpkin umm yeah that is usually something I’m obsessed with this time of year but this year is almost non existent. I’ve always loved cranberries and I always make lots of extras because I look forward to Overnight Egg Nog Oats and Chia with Cranberries, Cranberry Superfood Oatmeal, cranberries and yogurt (with or without muesli or granola), and using up all the extra leftover cranberries. Haha funny thing is I make cranberries for an army, 2 kinds, every year knowing I will be bringing at least half of them back home with me and that’s after sending a jar home with my aunt.


Cranberry Pear Grilled Cheese Sandwich (vegan)

Cranberry Pear Grilled Cheese Sandwich


Added to the list is a sandwich that I got that failed at CranFest, the idea was great and I gave in a little having dairy since I was on my feet for over 6 hours walking around and the food options were very very limited, still holding the bacon. Instead of going with something like French fries I went with the sandwich and it didn’t have ripe pears and just failed with only cranberry bread on the grilled cheese and no cranberry sauce. Forget the cranberry bread you really need cranberry sauce, cheese, ripe pears, and caramelized onions! Not at all what I had imagined and my tummy wasn’t happy after either. I was determined to make a delicious version of what the sandwich should be when I got home. Funny thing was after I talked to the guy at the food truck he turned around and said see I told you to his co worker and the next day when we walked by they had made changes to the sandwich taking in my suggestions.


Cranberry Pear Grilled Cheese Sandwich (vegan)

Cranberry Pear Grilled Cheese Sandwich

So I whipped up this dairy free vegan version with lots of cranberries and it was simply amazing! It’s perfect for when I’m craving my Cranberry Pear Pizza too but don’t have the time or want something quick that will still satisfy that craving. It’s so good! So come Friday I’m having cranberries with muesli or something for breakfast and this will be lunch! Maybe even my Cranberry Pear Pizza for dinner this weekend since it was just decided that S wants pizza for her birthday dinner up north with friends and family this weekend and her birthday party next weekend. Don’t worry I remember what I said in my post Friday, I will not post any pizza posts until after the first of the year! Doesn’t mean I can play with flavors but no matter how good I’ll hold off.

Back to this sandwich, simply delicious and a grilled cheese always hits the spot, especially on chilly winter days and when they’re packed with flavor like this one! I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving with family and friends and remember grab those extra cranberries when your mom or grandma tries to send them home with you and whip up this delicious Cranberry Pear Grilled Cheese Sandwich, trust me you won’t regret it!


Cranberry Pear Grilled Cheese Sandwich (vegan)

Cranberry Pear Grilled Cheese Sandwich


Cranberry Pear Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Makes 1 serving
2 slices bread (Silver Hills Bakery Big 16 Sprouted Bread)
2-3 TBSP cream cheese or for non dairy free/vegan you can use brie (Kite Hill dairy free, vegan Cream Cheese)
3-4 sweet or yellow onion slices, thinly sliced
extra virgin olive oil spray or 1-2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1/3-1/2 pear, thinly sliced
1/3c cranberry sauce, pretty much any leftover cranberry sauce (used a simple cranberry sauce that I had made a double batch of for my Cranberry Pear Pizza)
1-2 TBSP coconut bacon, optional (Organic Matters Coconut Bacon)
butter, vegan butter spread, or evoo for grilling optional



In a skillet spray or drizzle extra virgin olive oil and heat over medium-high heat. Once pan is hot add onions and sauté, when done remove from heat. You can either toast your bread in a toasted and then assemble sandwich or spread outsides of the bread slices with butter/butter alternative or EVOO and grill after assembling. For toasting, toast bread and than spread cream cheese on one side and top with sautéed onions and pear slices. On the other slice of bread spread your cranberry sauce and add optional coconut bacon if using. Put sandwich together. If not toasting grill sandwich, flipping after a couple minutes when each side is golden brown. Enjoy!
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Cranberry Pear Grilled Cheese Sandwich (vegan)

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60 Responses to Cranberry Pear Grilled Cheese Sandwich (vegan)

  1. Annmarie says:

    The combo of cranberry and cheese really is heavenly! This looks so good!
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  2. How freaking fun is this?! I love Thanksgiving, I love the leftovers, basically this week is my food heaven.
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  3. I love the pear and cheese combo! What a yummy lunch Happy Thanksgiving friend!
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  4. I love cranberry and pears together!
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  5. Courtney says:

    Oh wow, this sounds incredible! So many fantastic flavors– LOVE. 🙂
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  6. This looks amazing!! I simply adore all the amazing ways you’ve cooked cranberries this year.
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    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      Thank you Julie! I’m a little obsessed with them and I’m sure burning some people out posting them all the time. They’re just so good, pretty, and healthy!

  7. O that’s fun! Seriously just love everything cranberry this year! My new food favorite!
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    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      Thank you Rebecca! Me too, I’m happy I’ll won’t lose you as a reader with all my cranberry posts. They are just so delicious, pretty, and healthy what’s not to love?!

  8. Cricket says:

    I love cranberry on everything! This looks like my kind of sandwich!
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  9. This looks incredible. Droolworthy. Pinning this for later!
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  10. I love the combo of cranberries and pear! I’d eat this any time of the day.
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  11. Chrissy says:

    Not your typical grilled cheese sandwich! Way to step it up and make it so unique and tasty! Cranberries just burst with flavor. It is so cool that the food truck changed their sandwich based on your suggestion!
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    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      Thank you Chrissy! It’s so good and the cranberries make it so pretty! It was so funny that you would call something a cranberry grilled cheese at a cranberry festival and than only put it on cranberry bread that you could barely taste.

  12. I’m dying to know how this tasted! I’m gonna have to make it…and soon! Thanks for the recipe.
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  13. Alexa says:

    So like that these are vegetarian … and YES with Kite Hill I can make them moo-free, too! I am addicted to that stuff. Turkey is just not appealing to me right now … so this will be MY Thanksgiving leftover sandwich.
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  14. What a fun combination! So perfect for a fall twist on one of my favorite foods 🙂
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  15. Great combo of flavors for sure! I love cranberries, the tart part and then the sweetness when cooked up…I’m excited for all the Thanksgiving day eats!

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  17. Such a festive idea for a sandwich! We use Silver Hills bread regularly, and also the One Degree bread. Both really good, and I can almost imagine how good this tastes!

  18. This sandwich has be wanting to eat the screen. It look so yummy!
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  19. Kerri Olkjer says:

    Seriously, you’re making my stomach growl. I’d have to use paleo bread, but yes, so yes.
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    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      Haha, umm sorry. Yes you can use any bread, a soft one might not hold up so well but you can use paleo or gluten free. I have some paleo coconut wraps but not sure how well they would hold up with the cranberries.

  20. What a winning Thanksgiving or post Thanksgiving combo!
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  21. Barrie says:

    This looks like a great sandwich combo- love how pretty too~
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  22. I love the cranberry + pear combination. Beautiful + so complementary! This sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Rachel says:

    This looks so lovely. Definitely a classy grown-up grilled cheese!
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  24. abbey sharp says:

    Ugh my mouth is watering, this looks amazing!!

  25. Cora says:

    Ah we were grilled cheese twins today! I’m lovinnggg the look of this – its both beautiful AND delicious. Adding coconut bacon? That’s brilliant!!

  26. This is an unreal idea Sarah! I haven’t tried much Kite Hill yet, but this looks like the perfect way to dive into that cheesiness.
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    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      Thank you Alisa! Yes it’s such a great combo. I like picking up new cheeses to try when they’re on sale, or stocking up on favs like Miyoko’s was down to $5.xx! The Kite Hill cheeses I’ve taken to family gatherings like two appetizers I took to an early Thanksgiving this past weekend were a hit, even with the cheese lovers and non dairy free/vegans.

  27. Ana says:

    Yums, Cranberry and bread sound delicious! Typically I don’t like fruits on my bread, but I’ll always make an exception for cranberries.

    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      Ana this is a great sweet and savory combo. Maybe swap the bread for sweet potatoes? I just polished off a sweet potato with cranberries, coconut yogurt, and peanut butter. Now I’ll have to give this a try with sweet potatoes!

  28. For 4 years in college I quite literally lived on sandwiches. I was a connoisseur of the best, but I haven’t done nearly as many lately. I need them back after seeing this!
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    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      Before earlier this year I didn’t have sandwiches much other than the occasional PB&J but when I get a sandwich craving lately I have to make one or I go crazy! If you try this let me know what you think!

  29. Ilka says:

    I love the beautiful pink color of this sandwich! I really love your creative and new spin on all your recipes Sarah!
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  30. Mikki says:

    This looks fabulous. I hope I can get the chance to try making it.
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  31. jill conyers says:

    Oh! I bet the combination of flavors is wonderful. Very creative use of cranberries and a classic.
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  32. Georgianna says:

    What an interesting combo! I am not that much of a fan of cranberry or pears but grilling them together with cheese sounds like it could do the trick!

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