This recipe has been on the blog for several years and it’s one I keep coming back to. I thought it was high time for an updated photo and a little refresh since this is one of my all time favorites. Grilled cheese is a staple with tomato soup and as much as I love a regular ol’ grilled cheese, a few additional ingredients make this grilled cheese even more special.
This fancy grilled cheese takes a few minutes longer to make than a regular grilled cheese, but it is totally worth it. The sharp cheddar is delicious with the crunchy apples, sweet basil, and caramelized onions. This recipe is very forgiving; feel free to experiment with different types of apple and cheese. Caramelized onions also re-heat well, so if you want to caramelize enough onions for a few dinners you can store the leftovers in the fridge.
- 2 tbl. butter, divided
- ½ onion, sliced
- 4 slices bread
- 4 slices sharp cheddar cheese
- 8 thin slices of apple (I used Granny Smith)
- Fresh basil
- Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until caramelized then remove from the heat.
- Lay out two slices of bread. Top each piece of bread with two slices of cheese and 4 slices of apple. Spoon the caramelized onions over the apples, coarsely tear a few leaves of basil and place them on top of the onions. Finish the sandwich with another slice of bread. Generously butter both sides of the sandwich.
- Return your skillet to the stove (you can use the same skillet that you cooked the onions in, no need to wash it) over medium-low heat. Place the sandwiches in the skillet and cook for several minutes until the bottom slice of bread is toasted. Flip the sandwiches and cook until the second side of bread is toasted and the cheese is melted.