We are lucky to live in a lovely part of Newcastle that puts less than ten minutes away from a cinema that showcases the top movies (both well known and indie) from around the world for $7 a ticket, you can’t find a better deal out there! Last winter Ben and I practically lived at The Regal Cinema, you just can’t beat the ticket price, the free snacks (margaritas and wine included), and the managers who treat us like their family!
The first time we saw a movie at the Regal there were fifteen people in attendance, and now… Well, now word has gotten out about our favorite little venue and they are packing out the theater for every movie. While I am happy that the theater is growing, I’m going to be a bit selfish and say they should save their favorite customers a seat just in case we happen to show up. I’m just sayin..
Okay, so why the story of our theater? Well without them knowing it, on a night that we were turned away from a movie we decided to have our own wine and cheese night at home. Taking the $14 we would have spent on our tickets we headed to the grocery store to buy cheese. When we got home I put together a spread of cheese, apples, crackers, and cider to enjoy while watching the movie.
While Ben was busy
downloading err renting a movie, I started eating, and eating, and eating, to the point where if he didn’t come out to the living room and eat with me there would be no cheddar or apple left, or cider for that matter!
I put those ingredients together on a whim and didn’t realize I was late to this cheddar and apple party. After we devoured an entire block of cheddar I was determined to make my new favorite flavor combo into a meal. So that’s where this Grilled Cheese with Apple and Caramelized Onion sandwich came about.
If there is one thing we always have on hand it’s caramelized onions; a little tip we learned during our first Whole30. Those sweet caramelized onions just give you that little something extra that a sauteed onion lacks, plus to make them the proper way it takes about an hour and aint nobody got time for that. If you’ve got time for it, I included a quick recipe down below for ya.
Using my apple peeler/corer/slicer (I don’t know what I would do without this baby!) I cut my apple in about 30 second flat giving me ample time to grate my cheese. When it comes to making a sandwich I waste no time, so you better believe that I have learned to be a box grating and apple peeling champ!
My secret ingredient in this recipe… the rosemary! I’m telling you, it does something magical to the flavors. All you need is a little bit. I’m talking no more than 1/2 to 1 spring of fresh rosemary chopped up super finely to give the apple, cheddar, and caramelized onion a boost. It’s an added umph!
Then pile the ingredients on top of your bread in this order: cheddar, apple, caramelized onion, rosemary, and more cheddar.
After it was finished grilling I served it up with a nice side salad of spinach and walnuts (because I really want you to think I am a healthy person) but you know you can always stick a bag of potato chips right next to this one and chow down, I’m not here to judge!
In reality, I ate two sandwiches and threw my salad out.
- 1 cup caramelized onion (see below)
- 1 green apple
- 2 cup grated cheddar cheese, divided
- 4 slices of pane di casa loaf, or hearty bread of your choice
- 2 tablespoons of butter, divided
- 1 sprig of rosemary, finely chopped
- Using an Apple Peeler peel, core, and slice green apple. Then chop the apple so you have half moons instead of full circles.
- Heat skillet over medium heat. Using 1/2 a tablespoon of butter, butter one slice of bread and place butter side down into skillet.
- Carefully top your bread with 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese, 1/2 of the chopped apple, and 1/2 cup of caramelized onion. Sprinkle on fresh rosemary, then top with an additional 1/2 cup of cheddar.
- Butter another piece of bread and place butter-side up on top.
- Grill for 3-5 minutes until the bottom bread is golden brown and cheese is melty. Flip sandwich and grill an additional 3-5 minutes until golden.
- Remove from heat and repeat the process with remaining ingredients to make a second sandwich. Alternatively, you can make both sandwiches at the same time.
For Caramelized Onion
4-5 large onions, sliced
3 tbsp. butter or extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
(this will make more than you need, you can thank me later)
1. In a skillet over medium heat, melt butter and add onions. Let the onion sit undisturbed for 1 to 2 minutes. Season with salt, and gently turn the onions over every 3 to 4 minutes to ensure they are cooking evenly.
2. Once the onions have softened, and reduced in volume (about 15 minutes), turn the heat to medium-low.
3. Continue cooking onions for another 30 to 40 minutes, turning the pile every 10 minutes or so, or until they have reached a golden brown color.
4. Alternatively you can slow cook your onions overnight by following this recipe from The Kitchn.
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