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Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe with Apple, Brie and Chutney

Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Brie, Granny Smith Apples and Apple Onion Chutney

In Life:

How exciting, fall officially arrived Sunday. And as luck would have it, we got some fall weather here in New Orleans right on cue. It was pretty amazing, actually. I had the windows and doors open in our house on Sunday as we watch the Saints play to victory against the Arizona Cardinals. Life is indeed good. It’s like I came out of a hot weather coma and felt alive again!

Of course we’re still in for some warm weather. While our humidity has dropped a bit over the last few days, we’re still expected to get warmer this week. I am so looking forward to when the weather cools for good for the fall. That’ll be perfect. Unfortunately, we only have real fall weather for about a month or two (sometimes less). Then we get into winter (sort of) in late November/early December. But what that means is we can get cold snaps followed by warming temps (back up around fall-ish) then back down to cold snaps. It doesn’t get cold here and stay cold. It varies quite a bit. And that’s so maddening for us here.

But that’s off in the future. For now, we enjoy the fall weather we do have. Luckily October is right around the corner. It’s the best month of all in New Orleans. Football season is in full swing, and the air is a little more crisp. We can finally pull out the fall decorations and start buying Halloween candy. And maybe, just maybe, if we’re lucky – we might be able to pull out those first sweaters. I’m so looking forward to fall. Can’t you tell?

What about you? Does it feel like fall where you are yet? Or are you still enduring what feels like endless summer? Let me know, I’m especially interested in hearing about how awesome fall is in the north.

In Cooking:

Today I bring you a classic. What’s better than the combination of apples and Brie cheese? When you put it together to make a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich recipe, that’s what! Okay so admittedly, I didn’t make this up. You can google “apple and Brie grilled cheese” and be served several tasty looking recipes. However, none of those features my delicious apple onion chutney. This is where my sandwich rises above the fray and knocks your socks off.

Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Brie, Granny Smith Apples and Apple Onion Chutney

I love the elegant simplicity of a grilled cheese featuring apples, Brie and chutney. In fact, these are really the only ingredients in this dish besides the bread and butter. And these two ingredients combine forces to provide a crispy, delicious vessel in which to deliver the aforementioned apples, Brie and chutney. I think pretty much anything’s better when wedged between two pieces of buttered, toasted sour dough. Nature’s perfect food delivery system.

Key Ingredients for a Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Brie, Granny Smith Apples and Apple Onion Chutney

So let’s take a little closer look at the chutney. I first came up with this recipe a couple of years ago as an accompaniment to a pork roast dish for family Christmas. I love the spiciness and sweetness of a chutney. Especially when paired with tart apples and creamy Brie cheese. It’s like these three were MFEO (that’s “made for each other” – in case my random Sleepless in Seattle reference was lost on any young-uns reading this).

Apple Onion Chutney

I also love to use my mandoline any chance I get. And I figured this sandwich would be a perfect use for this handy gadget. I set the slicer to about 1/16″ and got pretty paper thin slices of apple. Which were delicious. And definitely made this sandwich easier to eat and enjoy. I rather these paper thin slices to the thicker, hand cut slice because it’s easier to bite through them and I don’t find they gush out of the sandwich as easily as the bigger slices do. But if you don’t have a mandoline, feel free to hand-slice. Just try to get them as thin as you possibly can.

Thinly Sliced Apples

Assembling this sandwich is pretty easy, too. I like to spread the chutney on one side of the bread then spread the Brie on the other side. Next come the apples layered in the middle. Then it’s buttered on one side, into the skillet and buttered on the remaining side. Each side of both pieces of bread will be covered with some type of spread. Just make sure the buttered sides are on the outside. This is how you get golden, crispy crust on your sandwich.

Assembling a Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Brie, Granny Smith Apples and Apple Onion Chutney

And there you have it. A quick and delicious meal, ready in about 15 minutes. This sandwich makes a great breakfast, lunch or dinner. I had the one you see here for lunch and gobbled it right up. That melty Brie cheese just made the sandwich so perfect!

Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Brie, Granny Smith Apples and Apple Onion Chutney

Yield: 1 sandwich

Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Apples, Brie and Chutney

This gourmet grilled cheese sandwich is served on buttery toasted bread and filled with fresh Granny Smith apples, creamy brie and tangy apple onion chutney.

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of sourdough bread
  • 2 tablespoons softened Brie cheese (rind removed)
  • 1 tablespoon apple and onion chutney
  • 1 small Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced on a mandoline
  • 2 teaspoons softened unsalted butter

Method:

  1. On a cutting board or flat work surface, lay out two pieces of bread. Smear one of them with the Brie and the other with the chutney. Add more chutney or Brie if you desire.
  2. Carefully layer the apples on one of the slices and then top with the remaining bread slice. You may not use all of the apple slices, and that's okay. Just include as much as you want on the sandwich.
  3. Once the sandwich is closed, carefully spread one of the teaspoons of butter on the top side of the assembled sandwich.
  4. Over medium-high heat, set a skillet to heat. Once you can feel heat radiating off of the skillet, add the sandwich, butter side down.
  5. Carefully smear the remaining teaspoon of butter onto the top of the sandwich. Be careful because the skillet is hot.
  6. Cook the sandwich 1-2 minutes on the first side, until golden brown. Flip and repeat on the second side.
  7. Once done, remove the sandwich from the skillet, place on a cutting board, and use a knife to cut the sandwich on a bias (angle).
  8. Serve at once.

Adapted from a Cooking Planit recipe.

Prep:10 min

Cook:5 min

Total:15 min

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