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Snackshot of the Day: Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions

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Today's Snackshot is of grilled cheese with caramelized onions, bacon, and whole-grain mustard. Grilled cheese is pretty much perfect no matter how you make it — crispy bread, melty cheese, what else do you need? Well, nothing. But it couldn't hurt to throw bacon, sweet caramelized onions, and mustard in the mix. Preferably served with a cold beer.

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Four Delicious Grilled Cheese Recipes for Grilled Cheese Day

You probably didn’t know that today is Grilled Cheese Day, an unofficial holiday for grilled cheese lovers. Although the earliest record of a grilled cheese sandwich dates back to 1902, the history of Grilled Cheese Day is a mystery – no one can pinpoint how and why it was created.

Nevertheless, this holiday presumably originates from a person (or a group of people) who love grilled cheese sandwiches. To that end, below, discover four delicious grilled cheese recipes you can make for Grilled Cheese Day.

Caramelized onion recipes

Makes 2 servingsIngredients:
3 tablespoons vegetable oil or butter
1 medium onion, peeled and sliced
A pinch of saltDirections:
1. Heat the oil or butter in a large heavy-bottomed skillet over low heat until the fat ripples.2. Add the onions and stir a pinch of salt in. Make sure all the onions are coated with the fat. Continue stirring over low heat and after a few minutes the onions should begin to become darker. Make sure they do not burn or stick to the pan. If they do stick, add a little water or wine to loosen them.3. Continue stirring the onions until they reach the texture, taste, and color you wish. Use immediately or let cool and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to four days.

Caramelized Onion Quiche

Makes 6 servingsIngredients:
1 frozen pie crust, thawed
1-1/2 cups grated Gruyère cheese
4 to 5 medium onions, caramelized as described above
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
3 large eggs
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Pinch nutmegDirections:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the pie crust on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle half the cheese on the bottom of the crust and top with onions. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top.2. Whisk the milk, cream, eggs, salt, pepper and nutmeg together and pour over the onions and cheese. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let rest at least 10 minutes before cutting.

Caramelized Onion Dip

Makes 8 servingsIngredients:
4 ounces cream cheese, softened at room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
Salt and pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 large onions, caramelized as described aboveDirections:
Beat cream cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and cayenne. Gently stir onions into mixture. Chill before serving.

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Caramelized Onion Fettuccine

Get ready for your kitchen to smell heavenly! The secret to this pasta is cooking the onions until they&rsquore a deep golden brown, intense with flavor to balance the minimal ingredients. They should be mostly broken down, almost melting into the hot pasta to create a simple sauce. To prevent them from becoming mushy, stir only occasionally.

To make this more of a carbonara instead of a cream sauce, omit the cream and beat together one egg with the Parmesan cheese. Add to the hot pasta along with the caramelized onions and serve immediately.


  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large yellow or white onions, thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces (225 g) fettuccine
  • 6 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, optional, to taste
  • 1 / 8 cup (30 ml) heavy cream
  • 1 / 4 cup (25 g) Parmesan cheese, freshly grated


Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until reduced and dark in color, about 15&ndash20 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the fettuccine until al dente, according to package directions. Drain, reserving ½ cup (118 ml) pasta water.

Once the onions have caramelized, add the garlic cloves and oregano along with a generous pinch each of salt and pepper. If you like your pasta more on the spicy side, feel free to add in a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes. Stir in the heavy cream and add the drained, hot pasta along with ¼ cup (59 ml) reserved pasta water.

Using tongs, quickly toss to combine and add in the Parmesan cheese. If the sauce is too thick, add remaining pasta water to thin.

VEGAN VERSION: Replace heavy cream with Cashew Cream (page 184), same amount. Replace Parmesan cheese with Vegan Parmesan Cheese (page 182), same amount.

Reprinted with permission from Fresh Italian Cooking for the New Generation by Alexandra Caspereo, Page Street Publishing Co. 2016.

Easy dinner recipes: More ideas to celebrate Grilled Cheese Month

This savory take on the comfort food -- stuffed with bacon, Gruyere cheese and dandelion greens and pan-fried to ooey-gooey perfection -- works well served any time of the day. Recipe: Savory stuffed French toast

Happy National Grilled Cheese Month. Melted cheese on crisp bread -- is it any wonder grilled cheese sandwiches are one of our favorite comfort foods? While it may be hard to beat the perfection that is ooey-gooey melted cheese between two crisp pieces of bread, we do have some ideas to help you take it to the next level. Actually, we have 12. Ideas such as caramelized shallots. Or sliced pear. Or sage-infused grilling oil. Or marinated onions. Not to mention all the cheese possibilities. Hungry yet?

We have just a few possibilities below, but check out our gallery of 12 recipe ideas for more ways to celebrate Grilled Cheese Month. You’re welcome.

Savory stuffed French toast with bacon and cheese: Who said French toast was just for breakfast? This savory take on the comfort food -- stuffed with bacon, Gruyère cheese and dandelion greens and pan-fried to ooey-gooey perfection -- works well served any time of the day.

Grilled cheddar cheese with apple butter: For a slight twist on the classic, wedge some grated applewood-smoked cheddar between the bread, and brush the slices with a little apple butter before grilling. The sharp cheddar is magic paired with the lightly sweet apple butter, perfect for dinner, or any time of the day.

Croque-madame: La Dijonaise’s take on this classic French comfort food sandwich is rich béchamel sauce and ham between two slices of pullman bread, topped with cheese that’s melted to gooey perfection. On top of that goes a fried egg (this is what distinguishes the “madame” from the “monsieur”). Yes, it’s unapologetic goodness on a plate. You can find the recipe below.

Total time: 45 minutes, plus cooling time for the béchamel / Servings: 6

Note: Adapted from La Dijonaise Café et Boulangerie in Culver City. The restaurant uses bread from a local bakery and recommends pullman-type bread for the sandwiches.

April 12th – National Grilled cheese sandwich Day

We all remember the taste of our childhood. Grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup. Well, this post is an update to this extremally popular dish. Today is a national grilled cheese sandwich Day, so the idea came to my head, to look for some updated, grilled cheese versions. More grown up, more sophisticated., but equally melty, gooey, and delicious. Join me on the quest, in search of the best grilled cheese sandwich.

The best of the best Grilled cheese sandwich recipes…

Grilled Cheese with Gouda, Roasted Mushrooms and Onions

What can be better than crispy bread, melted Gouda Cheese and mushrooms?? Well, in my playbook, not much … you just have to try this one…

Grilled Turkey, Bacon, Radicchio, and Blue Cheese Sandwiches

Turkey breast, crispy bacon and sharp radicio, all together with creamy and melty blue cheese. Yummy.

Grilled Cheese With Bourbon Melted Onions

Um, we might have just spiked your grilled cheese. Call us crazy, but adding a splash of Bourbon to caramelized onions really works.

Garlic Mushroom Melt (Mushroom Grilled Cheese)

This sandwich. It’s the best of the best of the best. It’s a Mushroom Melt. Or a Mushroom Grilled Cheese. And it’s amazing. This sandwich will convert you. Come to the dark side.

Turkey Reuben Sandwich

Although Reuben sandwiches aren’t typically made with turkey, this healthy updated version is totally delicious. And once you make your own homemade Thousand Island dressing, you’ll never buy a bottled version ever again. And a word to the wise, you don’t have to be exact with that recipe—if you just eye it, it’ll probably be even better.

Roast beef and caramelized onion grilled cheese

A grilled cheese sandwich with serious flavor! The man in your life will fall in love with you all over again after trying this masterpiece.

Sloppy Joe Grilled Cheese

You’ll never make a sloppy joe without cheese again.

Apple and Fontina Grilled Cheese

We used fancy tarragon Dijon for this recipe, but if you can find it, blend some chopped fresh tarragon into your favorite Dijon mustard.

Kale, Mushroom and Beet Grilled Cheese

Beet-infused goat cheese sounds fancy but it’s actually super easy. And when you add sautéed kale and three kinds of mushrooms, this veg-loaded grilled cheese becomes even more colorful and flavorful.

Roast Beef and French Onion Grilled Cheese

We cannot get over this French onion soup in sandwich form, complete with nutty Gruyère and caramelized onions.

Grilled Cheese and Short Rib Sandwiches with Pickled Caramelized Onions and Arugula

Crispy bread, with melted cheese and amazingly tender Short ribs. All made into delicious sandwich with fresh arugula.

Greek Grilled Cheese

Everything what’s best from Greece… salty Feta cheese, Olives and Crusty artisan bread. This gem is a real beauty.

Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich

“Yen Su Ji” translated as Salty Fried Chicken but westernized as Popcorn Chicken is a superbly popular street food in Taiwan. You can find this in every night market and most food streets. If you’re lucky, there even may be a popcorn chicken stall or two in some obscure neighborhood with the smell of the fried chicken wafting all over.

Not only can you buy freshly fried popcorn chicken from these food stalls, but you can mix and match the fried chicken with other fried food Literally with everything.

French Onion And Gruyere Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Caramelized Onion and Gruyere Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are like French Onion Soup Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. prepare to have your Mind Blown!

Roasted Artichoke Grilled Cheese

In this sandwich, we combine the crispy and golden roasted artichoke hearts with creamy and rich Mecox cheddar between two slices of sourdough and a hefty drizzle of hot pepper-infused olive oil. This sandwich may sound simple, but the flavors are totally complex and exciting.

Pear and Gouda Grilled Cheese

Juicy pears and arugula are a perfect match for that wedge of Gouda you’re looking to devour.

Balsamic Brussels Sprouts Grilled Cheese.

love brussels sprouts when they are shredded into tiny pieces and combined with salt and garlic and balsamic and then layered in between thick, melty cheese and toasted bread, because if I like them………

Bacon And Egg Grilled Cheese With Caramelized Onions And Apples

This Bacon and Egg Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Apples, I might be a little overboard but believe me when I tell you this is the most fantastic, indulgent, and amazing combination to ever come across a grilled cheese sandwich.

Brisket Grilled Cheese

A buttery, crispy grilled cheese sandwich with two kinds of cheese and leftover brisket makes one heck of a lunch. This Brisket Grilled Cheese is packed with flavor.

3 Cheese Grilled Cheese

Gruyere Cheese, White Cheddar and Muenster Cheese, all stuffed into one sandwich. Amazing combination and explosion of taste. .

Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich with Brie

Do you remember when as a child the PB&J sandwich was a delicious treat of your childhood? Now as a grown up person we wondered what it would taste like with cheese? Friends, there’s no need to wonder any longer because I took the plunge for all of us. This is it. The ULTIMATE comfort food.

Cheddar cheese, Apple, And Roast Beef melted panini sandwich

How about tender, thinly sliced roast beef, tangy horseradish sauce, a good sharp cheddar, and crispy sliced apples all between two pieces of sourdough bread!? This roast beef panini is a sandwich worthy of being called dinner and an excellent use of that leftover roast beef.

Ultimate Philly Cheesesteak Grilled Cheese

Classic Philly Cheese steak sandwich, this time in a grilled cheese sandwich version. Trust me, it is evenly delicious…

Honey Roasted Pear, Chevre And Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese

crispy, creamy, buttery, cheesy, sweet and tangy grown up grilled cheese that would go really, really well with a nice big glass of wine.

Bacon Spinach Grilled Cheese

Adult version of comfort food. Grilled cheese, spinach and lots of bacon. Yum.

Grilled Cheese with Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

Delicious , lighter versun of grilled dcgeese sandwich. This one comes with balsamic roasted vegetables, covered with a layer of melty cheese.

Salami and Pickle Grilled Cheese

This sandwich can be lunch, a snack, or a late-night thing. Eat it with potato chips and lemonade it’s also great with a simple green salad for dinner.

Grilled Ham And Gouda Sandwiches With Frisee And Caramelized Onions

Take it low and slow with the caramelized onions—if you rush it, they’ll burn rather than turn all sweet and melty.

Bacon & Fig Grilled Cheese

This sandwich is like the warm, toasty version of the Fig, Bacon, Goat Cheese & Thyme Crostini Appetizers Caitlin shared last fall! They were a favorite of ours and you really can’t go wrong with pig & fig + a little goat cheese for good measure!

Caramelized Butternut, Roasted Garlic + Coconut Butter Grilled Cheese.

Not just with the combo… but with the squash. Lots of SQUASH!

I can’t help it. I like it and I like to trash it up. Especially with lots of brown sugar. One of my favorite things about squash is that it works in a sweet or savory manner. Hence this mess of a grilled cheese.

Caramel Apple Grilled Cheese.

Sweet and crispy caramel apple stacked between the melted cheese and two slices of crispy bread. Amazing combination.

Cornbread Brisket Grilled Cheese

cornbread brisket grilled cheese. It was everything good you could imagine in a grilled cheese and more. The cornbread was dense and moist with a slight amount of heat from the jalapenos, the caramelized red onions were fabulous and of course, the brisket with melted cheese was yummy, yummy delicious.

Mushroom Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Creamy melted cheese, stuffed with sautéed mushrooms. Just delicious.

Grilled Nutella, Brie, Pear & Fig Sandwich

Grilled Nutella, Brie, Pear & Fig Sandwich is how I’m kicking off the year completely guilt-free. A mess of melted chocolate and cheese, with just the right amount of fruit so you can at least pretend to be a little healthy.

Jalapeno Grilled Cheese with Bacon

A jalapeno grilled cheese with bacon? You can never go wrong with cheese and bacon, and the tanginess of the jalapeno was great. This was a little time consuming for a grilled cheese, but the results were well worth the wait.

Pueblo Chile Grilled Cheese with Strawberry Jam

Something about melty cheese, my very favorite jam in the entire universe, and locally roasted, gently spicy Pueblo chiles sandwiched between buttery bread helped make everything slow down for a few brief moments. Grilled cheese sandwiches have magical healing power. Of this, I am certain.

Steak and Mushroom Grilled Cheese

freshly-prepared grilled cheese sandwich, with its cheesy, gooey interior loaded with grilled steak and garlicky mushrooms, held gloriously together with its golden-brown and crisply-toasted exterior of good, buttery bread. Simply delicious and an amazing combination!

Tomato & Provolone Grilled Cheese with Kalamata Olive Chutney

Tomato & Provolone Grilled Cheese with Kalamata Olive Chutney is how I take grilled cheese sandwiches up a notch. The Kalamata olive chutney is the hero of this sandwich, bringing intense flavor to the cheesy goodness inside.

Grilled Cheese & Roast Beef Sandwiches

Add caramelized onions for added flavor. Excellent with tomato soup

Roasted Tomato & Yellowfin Tuna Panini Melt

The Roasted Tomato & Yellow Fin Tuna Panini Melt is a step beyond the classic tuna melt sandwich we are all familiar with. It’s been kicked up a notch to make it gourmet Super Bowl fare worthy. Lots of flavor, but not fishiness. Great ingredients make it easy.

Grilled Bacon, Swiss and Mushroom Sandwich

Plenty of golden mushrooms and smoky bacon make this a dinner-worthy grilled cheese. Serve with a crisp green salad to round out the meal.

Grilled cheese heaven

Butternut Squash-Apple Soup, top, and Sidekick Tomato Soup, paired with, from top, Grilled Cheddar and Bacon Sandwich, Blue Cheese, Havarti and Marjoram Sandwich, Pepperjack and Havarti Grilled Cheese and Cheryl's Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onion and Fig Conserves.

There are few things as comforting, as sweetly nostalgic, as oozingly, meltingly good as a perfect grilled cheese sandwich — especially when served with a sidekick, a spicy tomato soup, perhaps, to brighten a dreary day.

Some of that hearkens back to childhood, no doubt, when the bread was white, the cheese American and the soup came from a can. These days, grilled cheese is not just a sandwich. It’s an entire genre, filled with twists, riffs and embellishments. Gouda on levain with fig preserves and caramelized onions, perhaps. Or pepper jack on sourdough with mango-tomato chutney and fresh cilantro.

“It’s a sentimental thing, I think,” Cowgirl Creamery co-owner Sue Conley says. Her voice drops a notch as she adds, “But it’s also just anything with melted cheese. Everything about it is delicious.”

It is indeed. Walk through the San Francisco Ferry Building Marketplace on any weekend that Conley and her partner Peggy Smith, co-authors of “Cowgirl Creamery Cooks” (Chronicle, $35, 256 pages), are making raclette, and you’ll see the fromage effect in action. As the fragrance of this Swiss dish — melted raclette cheese, scraped on toast or roasted potatoes — wafts through the food hall, it “brings people in like a cartoon,” Conley says, “floating on the aroma.”

Grilled cheese, of course, can be made all sorts of ways — in a cast-iron pan, on a griddle, in a panini press or, if you’re feeding a crowd, open-faced and finished on a sheet pan under the broiler. It’s the ingredients that make the difference.

“The bread is really key,” Conley says, and the butter should be soft, not clarified. When the milk solids in the butter hit that hot pan, “it gets a little bit crunchy, it burns a little — I like it like that.”

At the Ferry Building, Conley’s Sidekick Cafe is sandwiched between the Cowgirl Creamery booth and Acme bread, so you can get ingredients for that perfect sandwich at the creamery and bakery, or head directly for the cafe in the middle, which does a daily grilled cheese riff that uses multiple cheeses.

Using more than one cheese makes a huge difference, Conley says, and be sure to grate it. “It’s a great way to use the ends and bits. We like to put a little bit of fromage blanc or cream cheese and make a mix. It’s a little creamier.”

Be aware of the melting potential of your cheese. As befits the land of fondue, Swiss-style cheeses, such as Gruyere, or Conley’s Wagon Wheel, are good melting cheeses. A cheddar, delicious as it is, tends to crumble, which makes the fromage blanc trick the key. Its creaminess helps contain the crumbles and enhances the meltability.

Then, Conley says, “Add something sweet or spicy to accent the bread, like a chutney or a cherry jam, a spicy mustard and grilled onions.”

It’s those embellishments that make things interesting, says James Beard award-winning chef Gale Gand, whose newest cookbook, “Gale Gand’s Lunch!” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27.99, 256 pages), devotes several pages to that melty goodness.

“You’d think a grilled cheese sandwich is so simple, you don’t need a recipe,” the Chicago chef says. “But there are so many options: different cheeses, different breads, shmears, peppers. You could have a different grilled sandwich every day for a year. There are whole restaurants devoted to that — and I completely understand. I’m a bit of a dairy queen. Cheese is my guilty pleasure at midnight. Tucked between buttery, crunchy pieces of bread, it’s pretty much heaven. A mango chutney and grilled cheese helps your morale for the whole day.”

A basic grilled cheese sandwich is buttered on the outside, filled with cheese, spreads and add-ins, and then cooked in a cast-iron pan or on a griddle over low heat until the bread is golden brown and the cheese has melted. It’s what you do with the inside that makes this such a creative meal. Here are a few of Gale Gand’s mix-and-match ideas:
Bread: brioche, caraway rye, cinnamon swirl, marble rye, pumpernickel, sourdough, wheat bread
Cheeses (choose two or more): Brie, cheddar, cream cheese, crumbled blue, crumbled goat, Gouda, Gruyere, mascarpone, Muenster, Swiss, provolone, colby, Monterey Jack, havarti
Spreads and sprinkles: cranberry sauce, fig jam, garlic butter, mango-tomato chutney, Dijon or grainy mustard, tapenade, truffle oil
Add-ins: Apple or pear slices, avocado, bacon, fresh basil or other herbs, caramelized onions, pickled vegetables, sauteed mushrooms, spinach leaves, tomato slices


  • Heat 1 Tbs. of the oil and the butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions, 3 Tbs. of the Calvados, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/8 tsp. pepper. Reduce the heat to medium low and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are deep golden-brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Add the remaining 1 Tbs. Calvados and the thyme and cook about 1 minute more.

Meanwhile, in another 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 Tbs. of the oil until hot. Add the sausages and cook until browned and heated through, 5 to 6 minutes. Cut in half lengthwise. Keep warm.

Heat a panini press. (Alternatively, heat a nonstick grill pan over medium heat.) Meanwhile, spread the mustard on the bread and assemble four sandwiches, distributing the onions, cheese, and sausage evenly among them.

I used to make mine on the stove with a frying pan, but last month I bought myself a present: Breville BSG540XL Nonstick Panini Quattro 4-slice! I can now make four grilled cheese sandwich in under 5 minutes flat!

There’s a TON of variations of this classic sandwich. It can be dressed up any way you like taking the taste experience to a whole new dimension. I’ve found a number of different ways you can make grilled cheese sandwiches.

Why not celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day by making one of these delicious recipes?

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