Gruyère Grilled Cheese with Apple Salad

Fresh. Fresh. Fresh.

Use the freshest quality ingredients you can find and this grilled cheese with apple salad will take you to a very happy place. Gruyère is one of the most versatile and amazing cheeses (try the Cave-Aged Gruyère if you haven’t yet). If “house cheese” existed, Gruyère would probably be ours. From quiche and fondue to salads and croque-monsieurs, Gruyère can be enjoyed in so many ways. It’s creamy, gooey, nutty, earthy…

Anyway, I’m pretty sure I had a point to all this. Doesn’t matter now. Just try it!

Gruyere Grilled Cheese with Apple Salad

Gruyère Grilled Cheese with Apple Salad

Adapted From Bon Appetit

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter,  divided
  • 3/4 cup 1/4-inch-thick sliced shallots (about 3-4 shallots)
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme  leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground  black pepper
  • 4 slices of country-style bread or ciabatta
  • 8 ounces Gruyère, sliced 1/8-inch  thick
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1 fuji apple, cut into 1/4-inch  slices
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon  juice
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Heat 2 Tbsp. butter in a small saucepan  over high heat. When butter begins to foam, add shallots and thyme; season with  salt and pepper. Cook, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon or spatula,  until shallots begin to soften and caramelize, 4–5 minutes; remove from heat and  set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Working  in 2 batches, add  1 Tbsp. butter and swirl in pan to melt butter and coat  bottom of pan. Add 4 slices of bread to pan and cook until golden brown and  crisp on the bottom, 2–3 minutes. Transfer bread, toasted side down,  to a  rimmed baking sheet. Divide  cheese evenly among bread slices; top cheese with reserved  shallots.
  3. Place baking sheet in oven and bake  until cheese is melted,  7–8 minutes.
  4. Combine arugula, apple slices, lemon juice, and oil in a large  bowl; toss to coat and evenly distribute. Season salad to  taste with salt and  pepper.
  5. Press 2 pieces of bread together, melted cheese sides in;  halve sandwich on a diagonal and place on a plate. Repeat with remaining bread  slices. Divide salad between plates.

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13 comments for “Gruyère Grilled Cheese with Apple Salad

  1. Faith
    September 5, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Now that is a sandwich! I’m so excited about apple season, and this beauty is going on my list of things to make!

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  3. Jeanette
    September 10, 2012 at 9:55 am

    What a great combination of flavors for a unique grilled cheese!

  4. Colleen @ Cheese and Champagne
    September 10, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    That is a gorgeous sandwich. Doesn’t get much better than cheese + apples, in any form, but especially on a grilled cheese.

  5. Barbara | Creative Culinary
    September 10, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Yum. I just LOVE grilled cheese; I have a favorite with apple and brie; so I know I already love this!

  6. TidyMom
    September 11, 2012 at 4:22 am

    What a fabulous sandwich!

  7. DRTVrMoi
    November 10, 2012 at 3:39 am

    How utterly perfect for Fall. Gruyere makes everything better. Thank you for sharing.

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