Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Grilled Cheddar Apple Sandwich

9:30 PM after work at the restaurant. Nothing defrosted. Time to clean the fridge and get creative. Nothing fresh or interesting for ingredients... except for those lovely fresh Ohio apples. And that, with a little love, is enough.

Grilled Cheddar Apple Sandwich
1 gala apple
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese, or more to taste
4 T butter
4 slices rye or whole wheat bread

Peel the apple; cut it into quarters, shave out the core with the apple peeler, and slice the quarters lengthwise as thinly as possible. Melt two tablespoons butter over medium-low heat until it foams; increase the heat to medium high and sautee the apples until lightly browned on the edges, 5-10 minutes. Set the apples aside and take the pan off the heat.

Build the sandwiches as follows: one slices of bread, 1/2 cup of cheese, half the apple slices, another quarter cup of cheese, the second slice of bread. Melt the remaining 2 T of butter in the still-hot pan off the heat. Over medium heat, grill the sandwiches, 2-3 minutes per side, until each side is toasted and the cheese has fully melted. Cut in half; serve hot and at once.

Serves 2

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