At the end of a stressful day, I want to come home and make something that is super easy yet yummy. A simple sandwich usually fits the bill. I like combining whatever cheese, meat and veggies I have in the fridge and making some sort of Panini or grilled cheese.
Personal favorites: Cheddar Cheese and Bacon, Gruyère with tomato, Provolone with Turkey and avocado, Brie with dried cherries and sliced almonds…the list goes on actually, since we all know how I love cheese!
When I have a bit more time, I love to make my favorite sandwich, Brie, Green Apples and Caramelized Onions. Yum! It might sound a little strange, but the combination of the tart apples with the sweet onions and gooey cheese is delicious, and perfect after a long day.
First, caramelize the onions. This could take a bit, but it is well worth the wait. I like to make a bunch at once and then put in an air tight container. They will stay for at least a week, and you can use them in so many other dishes.
After the onions are caramelized, all you have to do is assemble…
and put back in the pan to crisp the bread and melt the cheese.
And since a girl can’t just have a sandwich for dinner, I like to serve mine with the remaining green apple, as well as some veggies or baked chips. I just discovered that Kettle Chips make baked varieties, and they are great, I highly recommend.
Brie, Green Apple and Caramelized Onion Panini (adapted from Weight Watchers)
1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
2 large sweet onions
2 medium green apples
4 oz Brie cheese
8 slices of bread (I prefer sourdough or multi-gran)
Slice onions into 1/4 inch strips
Heat vinegar in large skillet
Add onions, stir frequently for about 30 minutes to caramelize, remove from heat and let cool slightly
Slice apples thinly
To assemble the sandwiches, spread 4 slices of bread with brie
Top the 4 slices of bread with equal helpings of onions and apples, top with remaining slices of bread
Place any remaining onions in storage container and put in fridge for later use
Spray the skillet with cooking spray, place sandwich in the pan to toast
Toast one side, then flip to the other, repeat until cheese melted and bread is toasted to your liking
Yields 4 servings