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Grilled cheese and caramelized onion sandwich

Judith Papesh, Contributor
Wine Pairings:  

It’s not all grilled ribeye or other fire-kissed meats when pairing red wines, yet this grilled cheese sandwich is not a lightweight. This rich, gooey, and upscale version of an American classic is for food lovers with cheese at the top of their food pyramid.

The combination of cheese and caramelized onions would pair well with many reds, but we’ve chosen the 2008 Falling Rain Cloudburst, a library wine that combines Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and more. Still spry with acid and tannin, the flavors of black cherry, fig, and dried herbs will cut the richness of the cheese and complement the umami characters of the caramelized onions.

Ingredients

Caramelized Onions
  • 2 to 3 yellow onions
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil (you can also use a butter/oil a combination)
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup or balsamic vinegar
Grilled cheese
  • 2 large slices hearty whole grain bread
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cup shredded Gouda cheese
  • 1/3 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Softened butter

Steps

1.

To make the caramelized onions

Thinly slice the onions

2.

Place a large skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil/butter.

3.

Add the onions, maple syrup and a pinch of salt.

4.

Cook slowly stirring until the onions are soft. Turn the heat down to low and continue cooking until the onions are golden brown.

5.

For the sandwich

Combine the shredded Gouda and Cheddar cheese.

6.

Butter each slice of bread on one side. Place one piece in a skillet with the buttered side down, reserve the second. Spread the Dijon mustard on the top of the sliced bread in the skillet.

7.

Carefully arrange ¾ of the shredded cheese on top of the slice of bread.

8.

Spoon 1 to 2 tablespoons of the caramelized onions on top of the shredded cheese.

9.

Spread the remaining cheese on top of the layer of onions and cover it with the other slice of bread. Butter side up.

10.

Place the skillet over medium heat and cook for 3 minutes or until the bottom is crunchy and golden brown.

11.

Flip the grilled cheese with a spatula and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until the cheese fully melts and the bottom is golden brown.

12.

Serve immediately.

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