Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sourdough Cheddar Grilled Cheese

At our house, we usually make sandwiches and toast with whole wheat bread. But if there's one thing I can't stand, it's grilled cheese on whole wheat. Yuck. If you like it, more power to you. I'd just assume use cardboard or a mousepad, anything but whole wheat. that's a bread that can stand up to a good grilling. The outside gets super crunchy, but the bread is still confident and chewy. And that sourdough flavor only enhances the cheese (instead of competing with it like whole wheat does). If you've never tried one, I almost envy you (there's nothing like your first time).
Yield: 1 sandwich

2 slices sourdough bread, about 1/2- to 3/4-inch thick
1-2 tablespoons honeycup mustard
2-4 slices aged sharp cheddar cheese (the good stuff)
1/4 granny smith apple, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened

1.      Heat a griddle or large skillet over medium heat.
2.      Spread one slice of bread with honeycup mustard (to taste).
3.      Layer the cheese on top (enough to cover in 1-2 layers).
4.      Top the cheese with apple slices.
5.      Spread honey mustard on the other slice of bread and place on top (mustard side down).
6.     Butter the top of the sandwich and place on the griddle (buttered side down). Butter the bottom of the sandwich (which is now the top). When the cheese starts to melt on the edges and the bottom is golden brown and toasted, carefully flip the sandwich. Cook until both sides are golden brown and the cheese is mostly melted.
sourdough bread
Yes, I did write in the recipe to butter the bread AFTER
you assemble the sandwich, but I did it before and then
turned it over (either way, it doesn't really matter).
I just thought you might not want to get your cutting
board all buttery like I did.
I looove this stuff! Like the jar says, uniquely sharp (but sweet too).
spreading the honeycup mustard
really good, aged sharp cheddar (it makes all the difference)
I may have piled the cheese on a little thick (one
layer is probably enough, unless your slices are thin)
granny smith apples have a tartness that's nice in this sandwich
apple slices added
getting toasty on the griddle



Chuck said...

An absolutely delicious, perfect sandwich.

Elizabeth (Foodie, Formerly Fat) said...

I think grilled cheese with sourdouguh is outrageously good. I make one with sourdough and goat cheese. So good. But apple and cheddar?! What a perfect combination. I'm still full from last night, but this is making me think about lunch!

Randi said...

This looks so awesome! Yum. Yum. Like a perfect treat.

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