Hardboiled Egg & Smoked Cheddar Strangewich

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Ever heard of a Strangewich? If you’re like me and Alex, the answer is a hearty no. Well, let us enlighten you because it’s our new favorite trick and is a great way to use up Easter leftovers! Instead of using butter on the outside of the bread in a grilled cheese, a Strangewich uses Hellmann’s mayo as a substitute. Maybe this doesn’t sound as groundbreaking as it actually is. Alex and I tried it and are happy to report it is legit good.

First of all, it gets rid of the annoying spreading-cold-butter-onto-bread problem. And not only does it make the bread perfectly crispy, it brings in a little savory flavor that elevates from a standard grilled cheese. Count us new believers! In this recipe, we’ve used just 1 tablespoon of mayo per sandwich, so it’s not overly rich. It’s similar in calories to using 1 tablespoon of butter. 

Hardboiled Egg & Smoked Cheddar Strangewich | A Couple Cooks

How does this apply to Easter leftovers? This grilled cheese uses up any of the extra hardboiled eggs left over from Easter. I can’t believe we’ve never thought of this before! This recipe uses just one egg, so it’s similar to an egg sandwich but instead of a dippy egg, the egg is hardboiled. To compliment it, we’ve used a smoked cheddar cheese–which truly tricks the brain into thinking there is ham inside! When I first served this to him, Alex swore there was ham in it. Then he said, “This is the best grilled cheese you’ve ever made.” So there’s that. To top off the filling, I used a sliced green onion, which brings in a little color and a fresh, savory flavor.

Hardboiled Egg & Smoked Cheddar Strangewich | A Couple Cooks

Obviously a grilled cheese isn’t a health food, but in the scheme of things, this Strangewich is not so terrible for you either. One hardboiled egg, a bit of cheese and a tablespoon of mayo, and you’ve got a meal. Here we’ve used Alex’s homemade sourdough bread; we’d also recommend using whole grain bread. Mayo is made of just a handful of ingredients, so it fits into our our whole foods diet: Alex and I do eat it in moderation.

How about you: what do you think of the Strangewich concept? Do you eat mayo, and would you use it as a sub for butter on a grilled cheese? What ingredients would you use from your leftovers, Easter or otherwise? 

Find it: Here in Indiana, you can find Hellmann’s mayo at your local Kroger. Check your local Kroger for in-store savings on Hellmann’s! Recipe is below.

Hardboiled Egg & Smoked Cheddar Strangewich | A Couple Cooks

Hardboiled Egg & Smoked Cheddar Strangewich | A Couple CooksHardboiled Egg & Smoked Cheddar Strangewich | A Couple Cooks

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Vegetarian. For gluten-free, use gluten-free bread.

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Hardboiled Egg & Smoked Cheddar Strangewich | A Couple Cooks

Hardboiled Egg & Smoked Cheddar Strangewich


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 sandwich

Description

This grilled cheese “Strangewich” uses mayonnaise instead of butter for the outside of the bread to make it perfectly crispy. You’ll never guess it’s vegetarian; the hardboiled egg and smoked cheddar give it a savory, almost meaty flavor.


Ingredients

  • 1 hardboiled egg
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup shredded smoked Cheddar cheese
  • 1 green onion
  • 2 pieces whole grain or sourdough bread (sub gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1 tablespoon Hellmann’s Mayonnaise
  • Kosher salt (optional)

Instructions

If not using leftovers, hardboil the eggs. Roughly chop the hardboiled egg. Shred the cheese. Thinly slice the green onion. Slice the bread.

Spread one side of each bread slice with mayo. Place one slice on a griddle or in a skillet, mayo side down, then, top with half the shredded cheese, the chopped egg and sliced green onion, then the remaining shredded cheese and bread slice. Cook until the bread is golden brown and toasted, then flip and cook a few minutes more until the second bread slice is toasted and the cheese is warm. 

Slice in half and serve immediately.

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21 Comments

  • Reply
    Sally
    March 31, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    I’ve always used mayo on grilled cheese. My mom did so it’s how I learned. Try adding caramelised onions to a grilled cheese! It’s amazing.

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      Sonja
      April 16, 2018 at 9:45 pm

      Your mom had it right! Caramelized onions would be delicious with the mayo on the outside too — yum!

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    Sandra Lea
    March 31, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    I’m so excited to try this. It sounds so simple I don’t know how I never thought to do it myself.

    • Reply
      Sonja
      April 16, 2018 at 9:46 pm

      Let us know if you do end up trying it! Thanks so much.

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    Amber H
    March 31, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    Yes, I’ve tried the mayo option and it was pretty good. I’ll have to try this with the hard boiled egg, onion and smoked cheddar!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      April 16, 2018 at 9:46 pm

      Yes, it’s a fantastic combination! Glad to hear you already had the mayo figured out :)

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    Heather E.
    April 1, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    I switched to mayo for grilled cheese years ago. My friend was the cook at a local bar and that’s how he made them. Each of my kiddos dyed a dozen eggs yesterday so we’ll be making this for sure!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      April 16, 2018 at 9:47 pm

      The mayo is genius, right?! Hope you were able to put your eggs to use!

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    Caitlin
    April 1, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Alex’s sourdough bread? I would love to hear more about that!

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      Alex
      April 2, 2018 at 12:12 pm

      Haha! I’ve been honing and honing it… Hopefully something to share soon :)

    • Reply
      Sonja
      April 16, 2018 at 9:47 pm

      Haha good point! He’s working on a recipe and hoping to be able to share it at some point :)

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    Kimberly Baxter
    April 2, 2018 at 1:04 am

    Yes, another great recipe for breakfast. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      Sonja
      April 16, 2018 at 9:47 pm

      I never thought of grilled cheese for breakfast but it would absolutely work — great idea!

  • Reply
    Claire
    April 2, 2018 at 10:15 am

    Yum. Yes to using mayo as an exception in a non processed diet. Agree with Sally above that caramelized onions are super good in grilled cheese so I am off to try it with hb egg too. Happy Easter Monday ☺

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      Sonja
      April 16, 2018 at 9:50 pm

      YES to caramelized onions! Let us know what you thought of the HB eggs! :)

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    Claire
    April 2, 2018 at 10:35 am

    YUM! My cousin taught me the mayo trick last Thanksgiving and it’s a total game changer. I love the idea of putting an egg in the sandwich (regular grilled cheeses don’t fill me up, but I think this will). :)
    -Claire
    tallgirlbigworld.com

    • Reply
      Sonja
      April 16, 2018 at 9:50 pm

      RIGHT about the mayo?! I hope you enjoy the grilled cheese with egg– I’m surprised we’d never tried it either! Let us know if it was filling enough? :)

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    Elizabeth Van Lierde
    April 3, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Alright, guys, this is so super unique! I’ve gotta give it a try! I feel like I would really enjoy it on a seedy/sesame bread!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      April 16, 2018 at 9:51 pm

      Oohhhh I think seedy bread would be PERFECT here! Great idea! And thank you :) :)

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    Renate Kasper
    April 9, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    I make a similar grilled cheese and hard-boiled egg sandwich, but I also add caramelized onion. I’ve heard of the mayo spread being a substitute for butter but have never tried it. That might elevate my sandwich even more. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      April 16, 2018 at 9:54 pm

      YES, we think you’ll find that the mayo adds just the right touch — at least, we thought so! Let us know if you try! :)

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