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A tangy, tasty twist on a traditional grilled cheese

Belle’s Grilled Cheese with Apples and Onions is a twist on a traditional favorite.
Belle’s Grilled Cheese with Apples and Onions is a twist on a traditional favorite.
Brenda Stanley

Editor's note: This was previously published on the author's blog.

I love taking an old favorite and adding new flavors to mix it up just a bit. This is certainly the case with my Grilled Cheese with Apples and Onions.

I had a similar dish at The Bridge restaurant in Pocatello, Idaho. As with most dishes I love, I tried to re-create it at home.

I love the mixture of sweet and savory as well as tangy. The Gouda cheese is also a nice alternative that gives the sandwich a richer flavor. The sauteing of the apples and onions is an extra step but well worth it. Adding these ingredients gives not only more flavor but also more texture, which is a nice pairing with the melted cheese.

Using Granny Smith apples is recommended due to their tartness and firmness. The sweet hot mustard is the finishing touch. I spread it on the inside but also like a little for dipping. This sandwich is a great twist on a traditional favorite.

*****

Belle’s Grilled Cheese with Apples and Onions

8 slices of bread (I like the whole-grain kind that is dense)

2 tablespoons butter, softened

16 large slices of Gouda cheese (about 8 ounces)

2 teaspoons oil or butter

1 small onion, sliced thin

1 Granny Smith Apple, cored and sliced thin

4 teaspoons sweet hot mustard

Butter one side of each slice of bread. Spread the sweet hot mustard on the unbuttered side of four of the slices. Place one slice of cheese on each slice on the unbuttered side.

In a pan, heat the oil or butter and saute the apples and onions until tender. Divide them onto four of the slices and then top with the remaining cheese and bread (buttered side facing out).

On a skillet, cook each sandwich until the bread is lightly browned and the cheese is melted. Serve with extra sweet hot mustard for dipping.

Brenda Stanley is the mother of five children, including two sets of twins, and a grandmother of five. She is a novelist and author of cookbooks, including the recently released “That’s a Lot of Crock!” Her website is at talesofthedinnerbelle.com.