Grilled cheese sandwiches are the shit, everyone knows that. Warm melted cheese that strings apart between two pieces of fresh bakery bread, I mean what’s not to love? The classic sandwich is great anytime of day, but it is especially good on cold winter days. On New Year’s day, my beau and I woke up to a blanket of white snow outside. Not only that, but it was cold and windy, a typical January winter day. On days like this, there’s no better way to spend it than by cozying up on the couch to watch movies and enjoy a little comfort food. My comfort food of choice? You guessed it, grilled cheese.
Like any recipe I try to create, I always attempt to find new variations to old classics. It’s also my way of trying to make these classics a little healthier. While this apple walnut grilled cheese is by no means a new creation, it is one of my favourites. The tartness of the green apple combines perfectly with the earthiness of the Gruyère cheese and the toasted walnuts add just the right amount of nutty crunchiness. While you can choose any kind of bread for your sandwich, I love a good rustic bread fresh from the bakery. Let’s face it, the best ingredients will always produce the best results. Also, I strongly believe that shredding the cheese instead of slicing with give you the gooiest melted cheese. Quite honestly, this is quite possibly one of my favourite grilled cheese combinations.
Apple Walnut Grilled Cheese
Makes 1 sandwich
1 tbsp walnuts, roughly chopped
1/2 Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced
2 slices of rustic bread
1/3 cup shredded Gruyère cheese
1. Start by toasting the walnut pieces in a dry skillet over medium heat tossing regularly. Keep an eye on them since they can go from untoasted to burnt in a second. Once toasted, remove from heat and set aside.
2. Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Spread a thin layer of butter on one side of bread and place butter side down in the pan. Add a thin layer of apple slices, sprinkle with a few walnut pieces and half of the cheese. Repeat the apple-walnut-cheese layer and top with the other piece of bread. Cover skillet with a lid and let sit for a few minutes until the bottom piece of bread is golden brown.
3. Flip the sandwich and continue to cook until the bottom piece of bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
4. Transfer to a plate, slice in half and devour!
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