Sometimes a casual, easy to make meal just hits the spot. Not much work, but still delicious, comforting and healthy. You could have this for dinner tomorrow night, we’ll call it Casual Friday.

Grilled Cheese with Apples and Caramelized Onions, Crispy Brussels Sprout Leaves

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This easy meal can be made in 30 minutes: gourmet grilled cheese, fresh crispy brussels sprout leaves and chili…from a can. Yup, there are some quality chilis out there. (affiliate links)

Grilled Cheese with Apples and Caramelized Onions, Crispy Brussels Sprout Leaves

To prepare Brussels sprouts simply use a good quality knife (<---my favorite>a cast iron skillet till crispy, it only takes minutes. I top these with cashews, balsamic glaze, sea salt (affiliates links)

Grilled Cheese with Apples and Caramelized Onions, Crispy Brussels Sprout Leaves

 

This grilled cheese may be casual but it’s anything but ordinary. It’s filled with sharp cheddar, apple slices and caramelized onions. More variations in the recipe below. Click to see a tutorial on how to caramelize onions.

I use a pannini pan with a press to make grilled cheese. But you can always use a 49 cent brick from the hardware store wrapped in foil or a good old fashioned spatula!

Grilled Cheese with Apples and Caramelized Onions, Crispy Brussels Sprout Leaves

Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Apples
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Comfort food with a little something special.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: comfort food, easy lunch recipe, kid-friendly recipes
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 1 red onion caramelized see tutorial link above
  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • sharp cheddar I use a raw slty cheddar from Whole Food's
  • thinly sliced apples 3 or 4 per sandwich
  • Bacon cooked to your liking (optional)
  • butter
  • sea salt
Instructions
  1. Peel and thinly slice onion.
  2. Place a small pan on med/high heat.
  3. Melt enough butter in pan that bottom of pan is nicely coated.
  4. Add onions. Cook onions stirring occasionally for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  5. Place a pannini pan on medium heat.
  6. Spread butter on a piece of bread and place on pan.
  7. Top with cheese, apple slices, and onions, (bacon too if using)
  8. Top with another slice of bread and press.
  9. When bread is golden brown, butter top piece and flip.
  10. Press and cook until golden brown and cheese is melted.

 

Grilled Cheese with Apples and Caramelized Onions, Crispy Brussels Sprout Leaves

I serve this gorgeous sandwich and Brussels sprouts with Amy’s Medium Chili with Vegetables. Simple and so delicious!

Dishes in this post are from my favorite store Anthropologie

 

Grilled Cheese with Apples and Caramelized Onions, Crispy Brussels Sprout Leaves

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