It’s NATIONAL GRILLED CHEESE DAY and I’m celebrating with @OntarioDairy with my twist on the classic grilled cheese sandwich! I think you know how much I LOVE HOLIDAYS so let’s whoop it up together, k?
Grilled cheese is one of my favourite comfort food meals of all time. Whether you make this for yourself or family – a sandwich like this is perfect to make anytime.
Now, the key to a delicious grilled sandwich is of course by using LOCAL ONTARIO CHEESE(S) in the recipe. All you need to do is look for the blue cow logo or check the label on the cheeses at your local supermarket to ensure that is a local product.
Truth be told, I’ve been dreaming about this recipe for a few weeks. It’s a little on the non-traditional side, but once I sunk my teeth into all this ooey, gooey deliciousness there was no turning back. As far as I’m concerned, a grilled cheese sandwich is the ultimate easy meal. This grilled cheese is really just the next level version of the classic one we all ate as kids.
Is there anything wrong with a classic? No. I’m just saying that this one in particular is incredibly good and you should definitely be making this sooner than later.
How long did this take to make? Maybe about 15-20 minutes in total. I made the sage butter first, then shredded my cheeses, sliced and buttered my bread and next thing I knew, we were sitting down to eat these sammies.
Let’s also talk about what bread to use. A classic grilled cheese can be made on just about any sliced bread. NOT THIS ONE. No flimsy shmimsy bread allowed here. I used an amazing freshly baked crusty and rustic whole grain rye bread. I mean, hello. Why would you use the best cheeses with a processed loaf of white bread? NO, just NO.
Now, the stars of the show were the three cheeses I used – a mix of OKA, FRUILANO and PARMESAN. Oh my gawd, this combo was just incredible.
I stuffed the grilled cheese with the Oka and Fruilano then coated the outside of the bread with the parmesan. Then there was the twist. I sliced some sweet ambrosia apples very thinly and layered them on top of the cheese. Then I sprinkled the apples with the crispy brown butter sage leaves. I don’t even know what to say here except…..WOAH.
I realize that some of you might find my OVER THE TOP enthusiasm about a grilled cheese a bit odd, but trust me, it’s totally normal. Grilled cheese makes life so much better!
- BROWN BUTTER CRISPY SAGE LEAVES
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 8 -10 sage leaves
- GRILLED CHEESE
- 2 tablespoons softened butter
- 4 thick slices of any rustic whole grain or sourdough bread
- ½ cup shredded oka cheese
- ½ cup shredded fruilano cheese
- 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- ½ of an ambrosia apple, thinly sliced
- BROWN BUTTER CRIPSY SAGE LEAVES
- Add the butter to a small saucepan over medium low flame.
- As soon as the butter starts to foam up add the sage leaves, (make sure they are dry) and cook for about 5 minutes.
- The butter will foam up and start turning brown. Do not touch it, and do not stir.
- The moment the foam subsides remove from heat. The sage should be crispy by now.
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Assemble the sandwiches by lightly buttering the outside of each slice of bread. Divide the oka and fruilano cheeses on two of the unbuttered sides of the bread. Top with the apple slices and sprinkle with some crispy sage leaves. Place the unbuttered side of the bread onto the cheese and apple mixture. Now you have two sandwiches with buttered sides on the outside. This will ensure that the parmesan cheese sticks to it before you cook the sandwiches. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese liberal over both sides of the sandwich. Place your skillet on a medium low flame and heat until warm but not super hot. Put the sandwiches into the skillet, you should hear it sizzle. Place the skillet directly into the oven and bake for 5 - 6 minutes. You are going to flip the sandwiches over and bake them again for another 5 - 6 minutes or until the outside is nice, browned and crispy. Enjoy!
Disclaimer* This post was #sponsored by Ontario Dairy but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Simply Beautiful Eating in the kitchen! #InspiredByDairy #NationalGrilledCheeseDay