Friday, July 9, 2010

Friday: Grilled Cheese and Apple Sandwiches

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!


Mrs. White's Pantry said...

Not cheese, but grilled peanut butter is yummy. I've also done grilled bologna, cheese & pickle & dipped it in ketchup when I was pregnant.

charryse said...

we make one like this with granny smith apples and turkey bacon (found the recipe in Cook This, Not That book). What a yummy sandwich.