Stretching the Budget with Sandwiches

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Sometimes, a sandwich is a perfect dinner.

Last night we had grilled ham and cheese sandwiches (on my fantastic grill pan), fruit salad made with strawberries and peaches, and tortilla chips. I was wishing greatly for some corn and black bean salsa from Wal-Mart, but we made do without.

Having a sandwich night can help stretch the budget a lot. Strawberries were on sale this week for $1.50/qt and peaches were 88 cents/lb. The tortilla chips were $1.19 for the bag.


While my sandwich was not exactly creative, it’s what I had on hand. It made me think of my mom’s fantastic grilled sandwich, though. Thought I would share this recipe (which I should probably save for Family Recipe Friday, but oh well!).


Grilled Ham and Brie

1 baguette or crusty French bread loaf
deli ham
Brie cheese
raspberry jam
olive oil

Slice the bread. Spread jam on one slice, Brie on another. Put ham in the middle to make a little sandwich.

Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Brush the outer sides of the sandwich with olive oil (or butter). Grill for a few minutes on each side, until brown and toasted and the cheese is melted.

I am aware this is not the cheapest sandwich to make. The Kroger near us, however, almost ALWAYS has some of their specialty cheeses “orange-stickered.” Keep an eye out for some clearanced Brie!

This post is linked to Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam, one of my new favorite blogs! I’m obsessed with her Frugal Fashionista series.

Photo from stock.xchng.

8 thoughts on “Stretching the Budget with Sandwiches

  1. Oh yum! I think one of the perks to living in Europe is the access to fancy cheeses for a good price! I'll have to pick some up to try this!

  2. You inspired me to run out and buy a baguette and some brie today! Can't wait to make these sandwiches, they sound delicious. I love the extra zing of the raspberry jam.

  3. I love brie! And a little goes a long way flavor wise. I just started reading your blog (thanks for the helpful tips about saving money baby wise!), and so thought I would mention that my husband and I do soups quite often to save money. With just the 2 of us we can make leek and potato soup and have it last for a good 3-4 days, drinking a tea cup full at a time (it's really quite filling). Which brings me to the fact that we also do a leek and brie soup on special occasions…..it calls for quite a bit of leeks and brie, so can be more pricey, but it out of this world amazing! Feel free to e-mail if you would be interested in the recipe!

  4. Yum! I love trying a new sandwich & I really like making them up. One of my faves is actually a Barefoot Contessa recipe. Grilled Tomato, pesto, & fresh mozz! (And I'm not really crazy about tomatoes!)

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