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Apple Pie Grilled Cheese

I have always loved apple pie.  Honestly, it is my favorite dessert.  Growing up, we had sharp cheddar cheese with apple pie, which is why I love sharp cheddar with apples as a snack.  There is something truly nostalgic about it.

At the Treylor Park in Savannah, I found a new way to enjoy this combination.  Their menu boasts a Grilled Apple Pie Sandwich made of cheddar cheese, cinnamon roasted apples, and bacon on brioche.  I decided to bring the concept back to my kitchen and see what I could do.

This was the inspiration for my Apple Pie Grilled Cheese.  One Granny Smith Apple easily makes two sandwiches, so the following ingredients are for the preparation of two sandwiches; however, it can easily be divided in half.

Ingredients for Apple Pie Grilled Cheese Sandwich:

Cinnamon Sugar Apples
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 4ounces of extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of bacon crumbles
  • 4 slices of your favorite whole grain bread (my pick is Dave’s Killer Bread)
  • mayonnaise – optional

 

Preparation:

The first thing you must do is prepare your apple, which must be peeled, cored, and sliced thin.  Once they are prepared, melt one of the tablespoons of butter in a skillet.  You will reserve the other tablespoon for grilling your sandwiches.

Apple Pie Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Ready to Grill

Add the apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, and water to the skillet.  Cook on high until the apples are tender, which usually takes about five minutes.  You want to stir them during this process to ensure they cook through, and to make sure nothing burns.  As soon has they are cooked, remove them from the heat.

If you are in a hurry or making a lot of sandwiches, and you want a short cut here, you can buy canned apple pie filling.  It will give you the same flavor, but cut your preparation time in half.

Copper Pan
Apple Pie Grilled Cheese Sandwich

If you do make the apples from scratch, you may decide to save this recipes, because these same apples are delicious with baked ham and other savory meals.

Assemble the sandwiches on a plate and get them prepared so I can move quickly in grilling my sandwich.  I spread mayonnaise on each slice of bread; however, if you are not a mayonnaise fan, you can leave this out.  The sauce from the apples will ensure your sandwich is moist.  I just like that extra flavor.

Split the bacon, cheese, and apples among the two sandwiches.  I also made sure to split the gooey remnants of the cinnamon sugar mixture on each sandwich.  Once they are prepared, it’s time to grill them.

Cooking:

Apple Pie Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Savory Sweet Goodness

You can use any type skillet , but I really love my Gotham Steel Copper pans, because it is really simply to make this a one pan dish.  In most pans, the apples will leave a sticky mess that may even need to be scrubbed, but with my copper pan, all that sticky mess whips out with a paper towel, and I am ready to grill my sandwiches.  Of course, you can use the pan of your choice.

Once the sandwiches are ready, you need to divide your remaining tablespoon of butter into quarters.  You will use a little in the pan for each side of the sandwich.  In your pan, set on high heat, place a quarter tablespoon of butter, and as soon as the butter melts, place your sandwich on top of the melted butter.  As soon as that side browns, which will take only a minute or two, then you pull that sandwich up.  Place another quarter tablespoon of butter in the pan, and once it melts, replace your sandwich on the other side.  Once that side browns, your sandwich is ready to remove and enjoy.  Repeat the same process with your second sandwich.

As a side note, the Treylor Park also offers an option where you can add chicken to their sandwich, and I am sure it would be delicious that way.  I also think you could use baked ham or turkey if you wanted a meatier sandwich.

This savory, sweet sandwich makes a perfect breakfast treat, and it went perfectly with my morning coffee.  It’s also a great lunch or afternoon snack.  It can even satisfy that late night craving and goes well with a glass of milk.  Whenever you decide to try it, I assure you will not be disappointed!