Are you ready for this one??
Take slices of homemade beer bread, sandwich apples that have been sauteed with maple syrup and cinnamon, sweet and soft caramelized onions, and aged cheddar cheese, then grill it until warm, melty, and delicious. Oh goodness.
This is a real sweet and savoury treat, that isn’t shy to show other grilled cheese sandwiches how it ought to be done. That’s right, this little guy is pretty much the Great Bambino reincarnated: it knows a thing or two about grand slams.
I usually can’t bring myself to justify eating something that is so totally deficient of nutritional value, as my main meal, so I generally tend to ostracize grilled cheese sandwiches from my meal planning. Let’s be honest, if I’m going to eat something that is choc full of calories and stripped of anything healthy, I’d rather eat one or two of these homemade slices of joy…
I will pretty much always refuse to eat both, so I tend to opt to leave the bread and cheese in my cake-crumb dust. By incorporating the apple and the onion, though, this sandwich has broken free from ostracism, and has become pretty irresistible.
Whatever your take is on grilled cheese vs. chocolate, the simple fact remains: this sandwich is awesome.
Maple-Apple & Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese Sandwich
For 2 sandwiches
4 slices of bread (I used homemade beer bread)
1 apple, cored and thinly sliced, I used a yummy gala apple
1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 onion, sauteed until caramelized (how-to)
Thin slices of sharp or extra-sharp cheddar cheese, enough to cover the surface of two sandwiches
Butter, for spreading on the outside of the bread slices
1. Saute the thinly sliced apple in the maple syrup and cinnamon over medium heat until softened, 4-5 minutes. Stir often. Remove from the heat to cool.
2. Spread a thin coating of butter on one side of each of the slices of bread.
3. On the non-buttered sides of two of your bread slices, layer apple, caramelized onion, and cheese to cover its surface. Top with the other slice of bread, again with the buttered side facing out.
4. Heat a pan over medium heat and put the sandwiches in the pan, cooking on one side until nicely browned. Using a spatula, carefully flip the sandwich over to brown the other side. If the cheese hasn’t melted by the time the bread has browned, turn off the burner but leave the sandwiches inside the pan. Cover the pan with a lid for a couple of minutes. The cheese will melt from the residual heat.
This is a fairly simple sandwich, but interesting and different. Delish.