Our Applepolooza 2018 continues with a warm and satisfying quick sandwich that will make you smile!
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After buying an inexpensive panini maker the day after Thanksgiving a few years ago for $10, I began to experiment with all things grilled cheese in search of the perfect recipe. Besides, who doesn’t love a good grilled cheese sandwich, right? Well, my experimentation sent further into more savory and sweet arenas until I landed upon the Apple & Fontina combination with a drizzle of honey–yum!
Is it a grilled cheese, or is it a panini… I’m not sure. But for now, I’m calling it a grilled cheese.
So a couple tips…
First, I’ve found that Texas Toast style bread is the best for any an all grilled cheeses. In my panini maker, it compacts down into the perfect sandwich which is not as big as you might think it would be with those two giant slices of bread.
Second, the apple makes it. Personally, I enjoy my apples on the sweet side and went with a Cortland for this. Honeycrisps, Galas, Spencers, etc are all great options–especially since we are adding honey. If you try this with a tart apple, let me know in the comments how it went–I’d love to hear from you!
Finally, if you are looking for a panini maker. Get one with good non-stick plates which you can remove. (Believe me, it’s much easier to clean than the one I have!) A good option is this OptiGrill which not only works as a panini maker, but is also a countertop grill which you can cook steaks, burgers, etc on. I have family who has this model, and have witnessed its wonders. (And yes, I am a bit jealous!)
So, without further ado, I hope you enjoy the next installment of Applepolooza 2018!
Apple & Fontina Grilled Cheese
For each sandwich you will need:
2 slices of Texas Toast style bread
4-5 very thinly sliced apples slices
2 slices of Fontina cheese
Drizzle of Honey
1 T. Butter melted
- Place your 2 slices of Fontina cheese on one slice of bread.
- Stack on your apple slices
- Drizzle with honey.
- Add the 2nd piece of bread.
- Brush on melted butter to one side of the sandwich
- Place on your hot grill.
- Brush the other side of the sandwich with melted butter
- Close the grill and cook until cheese is melted.
**Note–Since this has honey on it, allow the grilled cheese to cool just a bit before eating to avoid burning your mouth with hot honey!
I hope this inspires your grilled cheese making adventures!
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