Sweet & Cheesy: 3 Nontraditional Grilled Cheeses


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Grilled cheeses are generally thought of as savory snacks, good for dunking in a bowl of tomato soup or a lazy lunch. While I am a strong advocate for pretty much any cheese-and-bread combination, these recipes are for the more adventurous of grilled cheese devotees.

For all of these, the assembly is pretty self explanatory. Most important is to butter the outer side of each piece of bread before assembling the sandwiches. The amount of filling for each sandwich is entirely up to you, so go wild. Once the sandwiches are assembled, throw them in a pan over medium heat and grill them on each side until golden brown and deliciously melty. Then devour them before anyone else can get to them. Enjoy!!!

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Cheddar, Apple, & Onion Grilled Cheese

  • sharp white cheddar
  • sour apples (Granny Smith)
  • caramelized onion
  • Bread of choice (we used 3 cheese)

 

This sandwich is the perfect combination of sharp and sweet. The crisp, sour apples provide the perfect partner in crime to the white cheddar, while the onions bring in a third dimension of flavor for an ultimate grilled cheese trifecta. If you’re able to pick your own apples, I would strongly recommend it – hand-picked apples are like nothing else in this world. Love love love.

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brie1Strawberry Brie Grilled Cheese

  • Brie
  • Strawberry (or other) Jam
  • Bread of choice (sourdough)

 

 

This sandwich is kind of like your own personal baked brie. I had a similar sandwich to this at a local restaurant in Hartford called The Kitchen, and it was a life changing experience. You can try variations with other jams (I particularly like strawberry rhubarb for more tartness) or other soft, mild cheeses for any flavor profile you’d like.

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ricotta2Honey Ricotta Dessert Grilled Cheese (with chocolate sauce)

  • Honey
  • Ricotta
  • Candied Walnuts
  • Bread of Choice (sourdough)

For the Chocolate Sauce:

  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (use more or less for thinner/thicker sauce)

You didn’t really think I’d post a recipe without chocolate, did you? This is the most  dessert-like sandwich out of the three, with the ricotta acting as a base for the sweeter components of honey and candied walnuts. This one is an ultimate winner, especially once you dip it in the chocolate sauce. Mmmmmm.

To make the chocolate sauce, combine chocolate chips and cream in a microwave proof bowl and microwave for 30 second increments until melted. Serve on the side or alternatively, spread a thick layer on one piece of the bread before adding cheese and honey.

Special thanks to Dan McLaughlin for photography and use of his kitchen!

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