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Grilled Apple and Gruyere Sandwich

4 slices of crusty bread, such as sourdough

4 tb butter

1/2 apple, cored and thinly sliced

6 thick slices of Gruyere cheese

1/2 cup sweet onion

2 tb brown sugar

In a small saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook until slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Add brown sugar and stir until onion is soft, about 4 more minutes. Remove from heat.

In another pan over medium heat, melt remaining butter. Prepare sandwich by layering 3 pieces of cheese, 3 slices of apple and half of the onion between two slices of bread. Grill sandwich in pan. Flip when lightly browned and allow to brown on other side.

Serve with soup.

Updated: November 10, 2013 6:13AM



Dropping temperatures and falling leaves corral the outdoorsy types indoors earlier and earlier each day.

The first sign of frigid weather warrants winter comfort food, and the classic duo of grilled cheese and tomato soup is an easy go-to. It’s the combination of the creaminess of the cheese, the crunch of the toast and the citrusy bite of the tomato soup that reels us in.

It’s warm and filling all at the same time and takes the nip out of the cold when it warms our bellies from the inside out.

A classic grilled cheese is perfect in its most naked form, but if you’re playing with variations, this kid-friendly meal could use an adult update. While American cheese and canned soup do have allure, bolder fall flavors might appeal more to a mature palate. Transform your childhood ritual to one of more refined tastes: grilled cheese with apple and butternut squash soup.

Start by swiping out the yellow for a rustic white — cheese, that is. Gruyere provides a nutty, rich flavor which is perfect for an autumn sandwich. Soft and molten between two slices of crusty European-style bread, the sandwich is almost perfect at this stage; however, accessorizing with crisp slices of apple and brown sugar-glazed onions takes it to a whole other level.

Grilled only until the cheese is melted and the bread gets crisp, this sandwich upgrades a traditional grilled cheese with flavor, crispness and quality of ingredients, making it perfect to serve at a more formal supper. Divided into thirds, it makes an impressive and easy appetizer; but standing alone next to a steaming bowl of butternut squash soup, it will satisfy even the most grueling of adult appetites.



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