Apple Grilled Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Fontina

Apple Grilled Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Fontina
Staff Writer

Deborah Scott

Vintana Grilled Cheese

This recipe hails from Vintana restaurant in San Diego, Calif., and pairs the likely combination of apples and nutty cheese for a unique and exciting grilled cheese. 


To make the caramelized apple-cider-braised onions, melt the butter in a small sauté pan, and caramelize the onions and garlic cloves. When the onions take on a thick brown consistency, deglaze the pan with the apple cider vinegar and simmer for 5 minutes. 

Heat a small nonstick skillet to medium-high and ladle the clarified butter in. Toast the slices of brioche on 1 side until golden. Place the cheese on each side of the bread and melt. While melting, place the apple slices, the onions, and the bacon slices in the pan to warm through. Spread the fig preserves on one side of the bread and stack to assemble the remaining ingredients. Press the 2 pieces of bread together and toast on each side until golden brown and the cheese has melted. 


Calories per serving:

4,603 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Balanced, High Fiber Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 189g 291%
  • Carbs 578g 193%
  • Saturated 90g 452%
  • Fiber 41g 163%
  • Trans 2g
  • Sugars 94g
  • Monounsaturated 62g
  • Polyunsaturated 18g
  • Protein 133g 266%
  • Cholesterol 852mg 284%
  • Sodium 4,989mg 208%
  • Calcium 1,731mg 173%
  • Magnesium 279mg 70%
  • Potassium 2,526mg 72%
  • Iron 32mg 176%
  • Zinc 13mg 89%
  • Phosphorus 1,785mg 255%
  • Vitamin A 1,501µg 167%
  • Vitamin C 23mg 38%
  • Thiamin (B1) 5mg 308%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 5mg 281%
  • Niacin (B3) 50mg 250%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 71%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 1,091µg 273%
  • Vitamin B12 3µg 53%
  • Vitamin D 6µg 2%
  • Vitamin E 6mg 31%
  • Vitamin K 35µg 44%
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