My book club recently read a book by Julia Reed entitled “But Mama Always Put Vodka in the Sangria”. The book was a collection of stories surrounding food and drink from the author’s life growing up in the South. As the title suggests, there were many delicious cocktail recipes and of course a recipe for the namesake Sangria. However, one can’t live on vodka alone, so there were also many recipes for  southern goodies to help soak up all that booze.  These cheese dreams are certainly not something you would make while on a diet but man oh man are they delicious. They are like little grilled cheese sandwiches with extra butter. While assembling all these tiny treasures is a bit tedious, it is totally worth it. These would be a great appetizer for Christmas or New Year’s parties. Yum yum yum. 


  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 1/2 pound sharp cheddar, grated
  • 2 TB heavy cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Cayenne pepper or hot sauce to taste
  • 1 loaf firm white sandwich bread


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter and the shredded cheese together in the bowl of a stand up mixer. Add the heavy cream, egg, salt, mustard and Worcestershire and mix well.


2. Add a few dashes of hot sauce or pinches of cayenne depending on how much of a kick you like

3. Cut the crusts of the slices of bread. Cut each slice in half to form two rectangles, then cut in half again to form four squares.


4. Spread a layer of the cheese mixture on a bread square and stack another on top to form a small sandwich. Spread a thin layer of cheese on top and on all four sides of the sandwich. (don’t worry about it being perfect). Place finished sandwiches on a greased cookie sheet.



5. Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is fully melted and sandwiches begin to turn golden brown. Serve immediately.


Source: Adapted from But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria By: Julia Reed