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. 

Ingredients

  • 1/2  stick butter
  • yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1  Cup  apple cider vinegar
  • Two  1/2-inch brioche
  • slices smoked Gouda
  • slices Fontina
  • Three  1/4-inch slice Granny Smith apples
  • slices cooked apple wood smoked bacon
  • 1 1/2  Tablespoon  fig jam
  • 1  Ounce  clarified butter

Directions

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. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
9g
13%
Sugar
11g
12%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Carbohydrate, by difference
33g
25%
Protein
2g
4%
Vitamin A, RAE
2µg
0%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
28mg
3%
Choline, total
3mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
8µg
2%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
16mg
5%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Phosphorus, P
30mg
4%
Selenium, Se
1µg
2%
Sodium, Na
289mg
19%
Water
191g
7%

Apple Shopping Tip

When buying apples, they should be firm, free of bruises, and heavy for their size.

Apple Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.