Sunday, April 11, 2010

Frugal Monday: Cheddar & Apple toasties with Sugar Snap Peas

I know what you are thinking, Apples and Cheese?! I thought the same thing too. I often saw this recipe in a magazine or on t.v. and just couldn't bear the thought of eating it, let alone making it!

I was so wrong! This meal is not only good for you, it combines the tangy, sweetness of an apple and the cheesy, sharp taste of cheddar to create... a Masterpiece! If you have ever been to a fondue restaurant, you know that they serve cheese fondue with apples (among other things!). Why? Simple- it is AMAZING! I think I could eat one of these everyday for lunch and not get bored with it... it is that good!

Okay, now that I am done ranting and raving, trying to get you to give this combination a chance... Here is the "recipe" (there really isn't much to it!)

Here is what you need for 4 sandwiches:

  • 1 medium sized apple (We used McIntosh, but I think Granny smith would be great too! Really use whatever you have on hand.)
  • 8 slices of bread
  • butter
  • 24 thin slices of sharp cheddar cheese about 1/2 lb. (We use 6 slices or cheese per sandwich for adults, but kids could get away with a lot less cheese.)
  • Veggie of your choice! Cold veggies and dip are a great choice!

Step 1:

Cut the cheddar and apple (I peel mine!) into small slices. The thinner the slices of cheddar are, the faster they will melt! I use about 6 slices of Cheddar and 5 apple slices for each sandwich.

Step 2:

Butter both sides of your bread. Then put 3 slices of cheddar on the non buttered side, 5-6 slices of apple, then 3 more slices of cheddar. Then place the last piece of buttered bread on top (buttered side facing out). You will want to cook them in a skillet on med-low heat. The cheddar takes awhile to melt and you don't want your bread burning before your cheese is all melty!

Step 4:

Flip your sandwiches to cook evenly on both sides. When they are a medium brown shade, flip them! Keep an eye on them closely. If they are browning too fast, your skillet is too hot!

Step 5:

Slice it up, pair it with a veggie of your choice! We chose non-cooked sugar snap peas with dip! Yumm!!!

I would love to hear your cheese toastie (or grilled cheese... in other parts of the world!) concoctions!

Leave a comment and let us know the craziest/best thing you have added to your sandwiches... and if it was a flop or a fantastic choice!


Candi said...

I've actually done the cheddar cheese and apple but in quesadilla form, the kids LOVED it! They were really great!

Rayne of Terror said...

Are you from Decatur Illinois, because that is the ONLY place on earth I've EVER heard of a grilled cheese sandwich referred to as a toastie?!?! I lived there for 10 years and it always made me giggle when grown women ordered a cheese toastie at a restaurant.

Ethiopianmomma said...

Probably not that crazy, but one of our favorites is a ham sandwich grilled with sharp cheddar cheese and apple butter. We also like turkey, avocado, red onion and raspberry jam. OH, making me hungry just thinking about it.

Tiffany said...

Had this fro lunch today and LOVED it! Thanks for the idea, never would have tried it.