Tart, crunchy green apple and sweet, creamy provolone cheese stuffed between two pieces of fresh bread…a match made in grilled cheese heaven!
This past Saturday I decided to go all “gourmet” on my kids’ (okay, a slight exaggeration) but still, a notch up from your every day grilled sandwich. The menu was simple; an easy, (always well-received) grilled cheese sandwich for lunch.
The traditional recipe changed when…
I spotted the lone green apple hidden away in the crisper as I grabbed for the cheese in the fridge and thought to myself; “we eat fruit and cheese platters all the time so why not mix the fruit AND cheese…in a SANDWICH?” It was worth a try (and on that note, well worth it!)
If your children have adventurous palates they are going to love this! And for those who still lag in the “adventurous palate” department, why not try tempting their palates by starting small and adding a sweet surprise in their sammie?
I loved the look on my son’s face when he discovered that there were apples in his sandwich. Upon his discovery, he pulled a piece out, lifted it to look at it and exclaimed; “Mele!” (apple in Italian) with a mix of surprise and confusion (which prompted me to cross my fingers hoping he’d still eat it).
Well, he did…and so did my husband…and I snuck in a bite…and my daughter got to nibble on a piece too…So basically, it was a hit with the entire family!
(Yields one sandwich)
2 pieces sandwich bread of choice
1/2 small green apple (4-5 thin slices)
2-3 slices of provolone cheese or cheese of choice (sliced or grated)
2 tsp. butter (right from the fridge!)
Slice the apple thinly (about 1/8 of an inch thick, if possible) along one side with a sharp knife. You can peel the apple or clean the skin thoroughly and leave it on (as I did).
Layer the cheese then the apple slices onto one piece of bread (with the crusts removed, if desired).
Heat 1 tsp. of butter in a small frying pan for 1-2 minutes or until melted. Top the sandwich with the second piece of bread then add the sandwich to the frying pan. Press down on the sandwich with a wooden spatula (or a hamburger press, as I did) to flatten (and keep all the gooey goodness inside the sandwich!).
Heat through on each side for 2-3 minutes until the bread is lightly browned and the cheese has fully melted. *When turning over the sandwich add the second tsp. of butter to the pan and allow to melt before returning the sandwich back to the pan.
Set aside and allow to cool for a minute or two before serving.
A gooey, cheesy, sticky, buttery mess…
A delicious one, that is!
What’s your favourite grilled cheese recipe?