Grown Up Grilled Cheese

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I thought I would share my "grown up" grilled cheese sandwich that I ate for dinner last night. Normally I don't go for the fancy truffled mac and cheese or bother adding something funny or extra to an already perfect grilled cheese sandwich, but a few weeks back I had to get extra creative when trying to come up with something for dinner out of the last bits of this and that in the refrigerator. I enjoyed my creation so much that I made it again last night, and again was pleasantly surprised. I will definitely be making this grilled cheese sandwich again in the near future.

Grilled Cheese with Apple, Cheddar and Radicchio

Makes 4 sandwiches

This sandwich has something sweet, something salty and something bitter. The apple stays crisp and the radicchio mellows out a bit for a really satisfying sandwich.

8 slices multigrain or sourdough bread
butter, soft
5-6 ounces cheddar cheese, sliced
1 crisp apple (honeycrisp, pink lady, gala), cored, cut in quarters and thinly sliced
4-5 large radicchio leafs

To assemble the sandwiches, spread soft butter on the outside of each slice of bread. Arrange the sliced cheese on top of each slice of bread. Top half of the bread slices with a layer of apple slices and a radicchio leaf. Carefully place the other slice of bread with the cheese on top of the half with the apple and radicchio.

Heat a medium/large size skillet or pan over low/medium heat. Lightly oil or butter the pan. Add the sandwich and let cook 3-4 minutes on a rather low heat, allowing the cheese time to melt properly. When the cheese is beginning to melt and the bottom skillet side of the bread is beginning to brown, use a spatula to flip over. Increase the heat when the cheese is beginning to melt and the bread needs a bit more browning. Serve and eat immediately.


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