What constitutes grilled cheese? Bread and only cheese? Does the bread have to have gluten? Can you have bacon? What about mustard? Strawberry jam? Apple butter? At what point does it become a sandwich?
My husband and I went back forth over the last few weeks trying to decide the “right” answer. Yup – we talk about grilled cheese at length.
This is what we decided: few toppings other than cheese (2 or less) and no meat. The cheese needs to be the star of the show. Anything that gets in the way or masks the taste of the cheese needs to go.
After pondering for days what would make the best grilled cheese – this is what I came up with.
Kerrygold sent me a bunch of cheeses awhile back and I knew this was the cheese I wanted to be the star of my grilled cheese sandwich.
I couldn’t help but sneak a few slices of cheese with my apple while making the sandwiches. There is nothing like a sweet/tart crisp apple with a slice of this creamy ‘just the right amount of sharp’ cheese. I decided on raisin walnut bread. I thought the toasted walnuts and the sweet raisins would pair perfectly with the mild cheddar and tart apple.
Schmear your bread with lots of good for you Kerrygold butter.
Top with your cheese.
Then your sliced apple.
And grill to perfection.
Which looks like this in case you were wondering…
And it was absolutely wonderful.
The best grilled cheese sandwich I’ve ever had.
This Sunday is National Grilled Cheese Day! Not only do you want to write that one down – you need to do something about it. 🙂 It’s a perfect supper for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Get to the bakery and get your favorite loaf of hearty bread (I’d suggest forgoing the gluten free just this once…unless you have to for health reasons of course…) pick up a package of Kerrygold Sweet Cheddar and make the best grilled cheese of your life.
I did. 🙂
- 8 slices of raisin walnut bread
- 4 T kerrygold butter
- 5 oz Kerrygold Sweet Cheddar
- 1 Braeburn Apple
- Spread the butter on each piece of bread.
- Lay on a hot panini press or on a hot pan.
- Layer the slices of cheese on the bread and lay the apple slices right on top.'
- Place the 2nd piece of bread on the apples - butter side out.
- Grill until toasted and the cheese is melted.