Food Porn: Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions

12 Oct

I am on a bit of a gourmet grilled cheese kick. This isn’t your five-year-old brothers cheese-between-bread kind of grilled cheese; This is sinfully delicious, boundary-pushing grilled cheese made with only the finest ingredients. (Well, as far as my student budget will allow.) Tonight, I made grilled cheese filled with carmelized onions. It was an idea I had been meaning to try and I’m glad I did! (Excuse my roughly estimated ingredients list!)

You will need:

2 tbsp of butter

a handful of onion slivers

1 tbsp of brown sugar

two slices of bread

a few slices of cheese

Instructions:

1. Add one tbsp of butter to a frying pan on medium heat. Add onion and cook for 2 – 3 minutes. Add brown sugar and continue cooking for 1 – 2 more minutes or until onion is brown and very tender.

2. Spread butter on outter sides of two pieces of bread. (I used regular whole-wheat bread but a loaf of sourdough or pumpernickel would bring this grilled cheese sandwhich to a whole new level of yum. I plan on doing so next time.)

3. Place cheese slices inside the two pieces of bread. (I used cheddar cheese with a bit of havarti. The havarti gave it a real kick! Try fontina or goat cheese for something truly gourmet.) Add caramelized onions to the sandwich. Make sure the buttered sides of the bread are facing out!

4. Next, on medium, grill each side of the sandwich in a fry pan until golden brown. Look for that scrumptious cheese to start oozing out the sides!

And of course, step 5, enjoy! I certainly did! I added a side of cauliflower (mostly because I needed to use it up) but broccoli would be great as well. I also considered adding some kind of potato-vegetable hash or maybe just baked beans. When you’re making grilled cheese, you can pretty much play by your own rules!

Love always, Erica

p.s. I am afraid I did not take that photo. (I actually burned my grilled cheese, rending it rather unphotogenic.)  The photo actually came from Readers’ Digest. Click the link for more grilled cheese ideas!

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