I don’t know how many grilled cheese sandwiches I’ve eaten in my lifetime, but I’d wager a guess that the number is pretty high. They’re probably one of my favorite foods — there’s the nostalgia factor, of course, but also the deliciousness factor. And the versatility! There are so many things you can do with a grilled cheese beyond just sticking a slice of processed American cheese in the middle and calling it a day. I love grilled cheese so much that when we move to our new house in a month or two, I want to have a DIY grilled cheese party where we’ll have all different toppings laid out and guests can assemble their own sandwiches. Yes, I am serious about my grilled cheese.
This Maple Sage Apple and Cheddar Grilled Cheese is something I make myself for lunch whenever I happen to have bread, cheese and an apple in the kitchen. It’s easy enough to throw together for a quick meal, but it’s also tasty enough to serve to guests — like, say, if you were throwing a Game Day DIY grilled cheese party. Giving the apples a quick sauté makes them tender and glazing them with just a little bit of maple syrup makes them the perfect compliment to a good cheddar cheese. I make this with both smoked and sharp cheddar — if you want the gooey, stringy grilled cheese effect, go with sharp, but if you want a smoky, almost bacon-y flavor, stick with the smoked cheddar.
Sandwiches are only as good as the bread they’re made on and for this grilled cheese, I used Cobblestone Bread Co.’s Knead for Seed Wheat Bread. Being the grilled cheese connoisseur that I am, I can tell you this — the bread should not be an afterthought! It’s an integral part of the sandwich, so using gourmet breads is key. The earthy flavor of this seed-studded wheat bread pairs well with the maple sage apples — it’s a hearty bread, but it’s still tender, not tough or dry like some whole wheat breads. It would also be a delicious base for my other favorite grilled cheese sandwich, sautéed mushrooms and onions with thyme and Swiss cheese.
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