Sunday, September 13, 2009

A new twist on an old favorite...

Last night I tried a recipe out of Quick & Fresh (September 2009) for a new twist on grilled cheese sandwiches. The recipe combines caramelized onions with fresh tomato, and gets a bit of a kick from pepper jack cheese.

Sweet and Spicy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Serves 4

2 tsp canola oil
1 large red onion, finely diced (about 2 cups)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
3 oz sharp cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
8 slices whole-wheat bread
3 oz pepper Jack cheese, thinly sliced
1 large or 2 medium ripe beefsteak or hothouse tomatoes, sliced
Cooking spray
  • Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.

    Add the onion and cook, stirring, until golden and the edges are browned, 10-12 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Divide the cheddar cheese between 4 slices of the bread. Spread 1 tbs of the caramelized onions on top of the cheddar, then top with the pepper Jack.

    Place 1 large or 2 medium slices of tomato and the other slice of bread on top.
  • Clean and dry the skillet, then coat with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat until hot. Place one of the sandwiches in the skillet and weigh down with a heavy skillet or plate. (I cooked three sandwiches at once instead of one-at-a-time, and weighed them down with a plate.)

    Lower heat to medium-low and grill until the underside is a deep brown but not burnt and the cheese is partially melted, 5-6 minutes. Flip the sandwich and grill the other side until it's nicely colored, another 4-5 minutes. Slice in half and serve hot. Repeat with any remaining sandwiches.

(Per serving in one sandwich: 350 calories, 18g fat, 8g saturate fat, 16g protein, 33g carbohydrates, 5g fiber, 45mg cholesterol, 560mg sodium)

This was very good! I will definitely be doing this again. Woodrow even liked it. I'm not sure whether kids would like this or not, since it seems that a lot of kids don't like spicy foods, and this has just a hint of heat to it. But the caramelized onion adds some really nice flavor. Yum!