Irish Grilled Cheese | St. Patrick’s Day | Pre-Prans with Ruthie

March 17, 2014 11:29 am

An unexpected twist on a grilled cheese using homemade herb butter, 2 Irish cheeses, and one surprising little green ingredient.

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8 oz butter, softened
1 bunch fresh parsley
1 Tbsp tarragon
1 Tbsp dill
1 Tbsp basil
Dubliner cheese
Irish cheddar
1/2 jar bread & butter pickles
6-8 slices of rye bread


Rinse parsley, shake off excess water, cut off the stems, and finely chop the remaining leaves. Combine with remaining herbs in the softened butter and set aside.

Slice cheeses, about 4 slices each per sandwich.

Rinse, drain, and roughly chop pickles.

For each sandwich, butter one side of each slice of bread. Build sandwich by placing one slice, buttered side down, then top with a layer of Dubliner, a layer of pickles, a layer of Irish cheddar, and the other slice of bread, butter side up.

Cook in a pre-heated skillet on medium-high heat, about 3 minutes per side or until brown.

For pre-prans sized servings, cut sandwiches into bite-sized squares.

Makes 3-4 whole sandwiches.


“Pre-Prans with Ruthie” is an Ignatian food show on the IN Network that brings the time-honored Jesuit tradition of “preprandials” (think: happy hour) to your home through easy to make & share recipes that are infused with Ruthie’s stories and lovable personality.

New episodes each month!


Ruthie is a mother of two grown kids and fifth of twelve siblings. A retired yoga instructor, she now lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, serving as Kitchen Manager at the Jesuit Novitiate, in addition to owning and managing Organized Living with Ruthie. As a niece and sister of two Jesuits, her ties to the Society of Jesus and Ignatian Spirituality are life-long.


Pre-Prans is basically happy hour. Short for preprandial, it’s anything done right before a meal, like having appetizers and drinks. In the Society of Jesus, “pre-prans” is a traditional way that Jesuits who live together make time in their busy schedules to gather as a community.

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