Grilled Cheese with Apples

Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Grilled Cheese with Apples (and Deli Meat)

Course: Main Dish
Servings: 4
Calories: 421kcal
Dress up Tuesday night's dinner by adding apples straight on the sammie! Top with ham or turkey if that's your jam. (Oh... and maybe jam??)
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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • 8 slices whole wheat bread
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 4 oz deli ham
  • 2 medium apples thinly sliced
  • 4 oz cheddar cheese thinly sliced

Instructions

  • Preheat a griddle or skillet over medium-low heat. Coat with butter or cooking spray.
  • Meanwhile, butter one side of each piece of bread. Flip over and coat with mustard.
  • Place up to four pieces of bread, buttered side down, on your griddle (allowing space for flipping, so do a couple of rounds if necessary). Top each piece of bread with 1oz of ham, 3 or 4 slices of cheese, and 3 or 4 slices of apple. Top the sandwich with another piece of bread, buttered side facing out. Cook until the bread is toasted, then flip.
  • Allow to cook until the cheese is melted and the other side of the bread has browned how you like it. Remove from heat and let rest a minute or two before cutting it. Serve with any extra apple slices on the side.

Notes

  • Be sure to keep the heat to medium-low. Yes, this takes forever, but it produces a much better sandwich than if you try to cook it over high (she says from 30+ years of anxious sandwich making experience.)
Dress It Up
  • Our favorite brand of sandwich bread is Angelic Bakehouse. It's the only "cootie free" bread we've been able to find that doesn't taste like cardboard. Bonus - it's only about 2/3 the size of regular bread, so gives you plenty of sandwich, but cuts out unnecessary carbs.
  • Speaking of bread, if you have any other reason to get cinnamon raisin bread, buy it and use it on this sandwich, too. Yum! (Maybe skip the mustard then though...)
  • A not-too-sweet preserve would be great on this sandwich. We like orange marmalade or even a mango chutney. 
  • Gala or Fuji apples are our favorite for this dish, but anything this side of a Granny Smith should be tasty.
  • Same "choose your own adventure" idea when it comes to cheese. A sharp cheddar instead of mild would be bold. A gruyere or Swiss would make for a totally different (yet still delicious) dish.
  • Want to go really fancy with your grilled cheese? Check out our pear and gorgonzola version.
Meat Lovers
  • Other options for meat: deli turkey, leftover rotisserie chicken or bacon is always a winner in our house!

Nutrition

Calories: 421kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 817mg | Potassium: 345mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 511IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 270mg | Iron: 2mg
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