Apple Grilled Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Fontina

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Apple Grilled Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Fontina
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. 

1
Servings
4608
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients
Makes
1 grilled cheese

Ingredients

  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 2 yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 Cup apple cider vinegar
  • Two 1/2-inch brioche
  • 2 slices smoked Gouda
  • 2 slices Fontina
  • Three 1/4-inch slice Granny Smith apples
  • 2 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. 

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
188g
100%
Sugar
96g
N/A
Saturated Fat
90g
100%
Cholesterol
850mg
100%
Protein
133g
100%
Carbs
581g
100%
Vitamin A
1501µg
100%
Vitamin B12
3µg
53%
Vitamin B6
1mg
72%
Vitamin C
23mg
38%
Vitamin D
6µg
2%
Vitamin E
6mg
31%
Vitamin K
36µg
45%
Calcium
1732mg
100%
Fiber
41g
100%
Folate (food)
756µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
1316µg
100%
Folic acid
336µg
N/A
Iron
32mg
100%
Magnesium
280mg
70%
Monounsaturated
61g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
50mg
100%
Phosphorus
1785mg
100%
Polyunsaturated
18g
N/A
Potassium
2549mg
73%
Riboflavin (B2)
5mg
100%
Sodium
4976mg
100%
Sugars, added
15g
N/A
Thiamin (B1)
5mg
100%
Trans
2g
N/A
Zinc
13mg
89%

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