Sometimes I don’t like to post recipes.
OK that’s a lie…I love to post recipes. But sometimes things that I make aren’t really “recipes” per se – they’re more of a method + a whimsy = delicious.
That’s sort of what we have here today – an idea gone rogue in my kitchen that ended up being a super-grown-up take on my favorite grilled cheese. I figure if I’m going to be a mom and responsible for another human and all that jazz, maybe kicking up the ol’ palate would be a good thing.
Has anyone ever mentioned how being a grown-up is not always fun? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind getting old. In fact I think it’s a beautiful thing to be able to reflect on life and always be able to look forward to what’s ahead. BUT things like taxes, insurance, and mortgages are for the birds. I’d much rather be perpetually 25 years old in terms of those responsibilities.
Who’s with me?!
- 4 slices of your favorite bread (I used a thick white bread from the grocery store bakery)
- 8 thin slices of really good cheddar cheese (I used Willow River Sharp Cheddar)
- 2 Tbsp apricot preserves
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 large apple or 2 small apples (I used Granny Smith)
- 2 Tbsp butter (or margarine or oil…whatever you prefer)
Preheat your oven to 400. Peel the apple(s) and slice very thinly; place in one layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 400 for 10-15 minutes, turning halfway through, until soft and caramelized.
Preheat a griddle over medium. Meanwhile build the sandwiches: spread each piece of bread on one side with 1/2 Tbsp of apricot preserves each. Sprinkle with the red pepper flakes. Place a slice of cheese on top of each. When the apples are done, pile half on each sandwich, making an even layer of apples. Put the sandwiches together and spread each exterior piece of bread with butter. Place on the griddle for about 3-4 minutes per side until the bread is the doneness that you prefer. Slice and devour!