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Monday, April 8, 2013

Chew on This | Grilled Gruyere Cheese and Caramelized Onion Sandwiches

Spring break is officially over at the end of today. Boo! 

The Boy happily went back to school today but The Sprite's school had one last day off. She didn't rub it in too much. 

The Sprite and I dropped The Boy off and immediately raced off to tackle a long list of errands. We were also able to squeeze in some fun summer clothes shopping for her. It was nice because the stores were basically empty and we could peruse at our own pace. It was also really, really nice to shop with my sweet Sprite because I still pick out most of her clothing (so fun for me). And she really likes what I choose (which I hear is not the case for most of my Mama friends with girls this age). What a relief....for now. 

So, spring break is over and now we're plowing forward into the final school quarter and spring sports. It's going to be a wild rush. Are you ready?


Here's Mimi's recipe:

Just say cheese! Who doesn't love grilled cheese sandwiches? But this is not the same
ol' grilled cheese of your youth. Pungent and delicious Gruyere cheese smothered in caramelized onions elevates grilled sandwiches to new heights!  ~ Mimi

Grilled Gruyere Cheese and Caramelized Onion Sandwiches
(serves 2)

4 ounces Gruyere cheese, shredded
2-3 medium yellow onions, peeled and cut into very thin slices
2 T extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and pepper to taste
4 slices of thickly sliced white, rye or whole grain bread
Dijon mustard
butter - to be applied to top and bottom of bread slices before grilling

Start this amazing sandwich by first caramelizing your onions. In a large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil and onions and stir. Lower heat and continue cooking for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions develop a rich deep brown color and are tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

Now you can build and grill your sandwich. Start by lightly coating a each slice of your bread with Dijon mustard. Next, top each bread slice with about 1/4 of the shredded Gruyere cheese. Place a generous portion of caramelized onions on the cheese and top with the remaining Gruyere. Add the bread top, Dijon side down.

If using a skillet, generously butter the outside top and bottom of the bread slices and grill on each side until cheese is melted and bread is golden.  Serve while cheese is still hot and gooey.

If using a panini press, transfer the sandwiches to a heated press and cook for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread is golden.  Serve immediately.

1 comment:

  1. Hello! We saw you on Pinterest and are so happy to find your blog. This sandwich looks amazing - going to buy some Gruyere tomorrow!
    All the Best!