Did you know April is National Grilled Cheese Month (and April 12th marks National Grilled Cheese Day) in the States? I guess you wouldn’t be surprised because there is a holiday for almost everything these days!
Grilled cheese sandwiches typically have 3 ingredients: bread, butter and of course, cheese. You would grill the sandwich in butter, allowing the cheese to melt in between the toasted bread, producing a gooey-delicious meal.
You can take this classic grilled cheese sandwich to another level by adding ingredients of your choice. Some ideas:
- Meats such as bacon, ham or pulled pork
- Roasted tomatoes, peppers or eggplants
- Sautéed mushrooms or caramelized onions
- Green apples, pears or avocados
- Jalapeno’s or pickles
- Combination of types of cheeses
…the ideas are really endless!
In celebration of this holiday, I decided to experiment with this classic sandwich and went for a sweet and savory, Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions. I got to say, the caramelized onions worked well with the cheddar cheese in this recipe. Be warned though, the oozing-gooey-richness of this sandwich is off the charts!
3 medium-sized onions
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
This recipe yields more caramelized onions needed for 2 sandwiches, so you can store the extras in your fridge for a week or longer in the freezer.
Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions
4 thick slices of bread (I used white)
3 tbsp salted butter
100g grated medium cheddar*
6 slices sandwich cheddar cheese*
Butter the inner sides of the 2 pieces of bread and sandwich a layer of the sandwich cheddar, a generous portion of caramelized onion and then a final sprinkle of the grated cheddar.
Heat 1 tbsp salted butter in a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat.
Cook the sandwich in the skillet until golden brown (3-5 mins). Press the sandwich lightly with a spatula. Then flip, adding more butter if needed, and cook until the other side is golden as well and the cheese has melted (another 3-5 mins).
Cut the sandwich diagonally and serve immediately.
*You can use 200g grated quality cheddar cheese in the entire sandwich instead of a combination of cheeses. Getting good quality cheese in HK is quite expensive, so the stingy side of me decided on using sandwich cheese slices as well. I find the sandwich cheeses also melts easier as well.