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Monday, December 31, 2012

Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Getting the munchies late in the day or in the middle of the night...wanting something not too heavy... gooey, yummy but still healthy...grilled cheese sandwiches...protein, carbohydrate, fat...just the ticket. This version has some fruit for good measure. Works perfectly for lunch or dinner, too;)
Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
For each sandwich you will need:
2 thin slices whole grain bread
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon shredded apple, I like Gala or Fuji
1 tablespoon shredded Romano cheese (or Swiss)
1 teaspoon butter
Prepare sandwiches by spreading one slice of bread with mustard. Sprinkle half of cheddar cheese on top. (Cheese and apple measurements are approximate and you may need more or less depending on the size of your bread slices.) Then apple on top of that. Finish with remaining cheddar and the other type of cheese. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. When hot, add butter and allow to melt. Place top slice of bread onto sandwich, then place in skillet. Cook over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and cook an additional 3 to 4 minutes. Serve warm.

Hints: Don't cook at too high a temperature or the bread will burn before the cheese melts. Choose different cheeses that compliment each other and the apple. Shred the cheeses and apple about the same thickness so that they cook evenly. Leave off the mustard if you like or substitute Miracle Whip. Use a panini press if you have one or broil open faced if you like. Serve with soup or salad and you have a great meal.

Some days you just get a hankering for a grilled cheese sandwich. This recipe is a really good way to fill that hankering. It is a bit more complex in flavor profile than Wonder bread and American slices. That complexity will be pleasant. 

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