You might have had a grilled cheese before, but you've probably never had one like this!
There are lots of reasons why I think fall is the best season. The weather is temperate and the colors are beautiful. But I mostly love fall because of the plentiful vegetables and fruits.
This sandwich just makes sense for the start of fall. Not only should you be able to find nice apples everywhere right now, the gooey Gruyere and cinnamon in the sandwich just round out the fall flavors.
There’s nothing hard about this grilled cheese, and the ingredients are simple enough – which makes it even better. The only thing I’ll say is that while Gruyere is an expensive cheese, it completely makes the sandwich, so do try to hunt it down. In a pinch, you could substitute Swiss cheese though.
This sandwich cooks fast, so make sure to prep all your ingredients before you start cooking. Core your apple and cut it in half. Then slice it into thin slices. Grate your cheese so it melts faster in the sandwich.
The key to making a good grilled cheese is temperature control. Start your skillet over medium-low heat and melt about 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter for one sandwich. Add a slice of bread and let it soak up some of the melted butter. Then top it with cheese, apple slices, and a generous sprinkle of cinnamon.
Top the sandwich with the second piece of bread and let it cook for 2-3 minutes per side. For the second side, after you flip it, move the sandwich around a bit in the pan so the dry piece of bread can soak up some of the extra butter. Butter, after all, is delicious.
After about 5-6 minutes total, the sandwich should be nicely browned and the cheese melted.
Enjoy fall and enjoy this sandwich!
Nick is extremely ready for fall! Check out his blog, Macheesmo, and follow him on his Tablespoon Profile.