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Mom's Apple Pie Melt

The beautiful marriage of apple pie and grilled cheese

Apple pie and Cheddar cheese are a tried and true weird food combination. Bring that classic pie into a sandwich with this delicious, easy recipe.

This recipe is courtesy of Tillamook and Dave Danhi of The Grilled Cheese Truck in Los Angeles.

Ingredients

For the butter spread:

  • 3/4 Cups unsalted butter (preferably Tillamook), softened at room temperature
  • 3/4 Cups mayonnaise

For the apple filling:

  • 1/2 Cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, preferably Tillamook
  • 5 Granny Smith apples, each cut into 16 slices
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 Ounces pecan pieces, toasted

For the sandwich and assembly:

  • 8 slices cinnamon raisin bread
  • Butter spread
  • 16 slices extra sharp Cheddar cheese, preferably Tillamook Special Reserve Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Apple filling

Directions

For the butter spread:

In a mixer, put butter and mayonnaise and beat with the paddle attachment until well mixed. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl to incorporate all butter as it may stick to the bowl.

For the apple filling:

In a heavy-bottomed stainless steel pan over medium heat, place stick of butter. Melt and add sliced apples just as butter starts to brown.

Raise the heat to high and sauté apples for 3 minutes, tossing often.

Add brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans just as butter has browned.

Toss over heat for 1 more minute, or until apples are just tender.

Allow to cool for 10 minutes.

For the sandwich and assembly:

Generously butter each slice of bread with the butter spread on one side and lay buttered side down. Add (in order): 2 slices cheddar, 1/3 cup apple filling, 1 slice buttered cinnamon raisin bread.

Heat griddle to 350 degrees F.

Place all sandwiches on griddle. Allow sandwiches to cook slowly. If your heat is too high, the bread will burn and the inside will not be hot.

Once golden brown, gently flip and repeat until cheese is melted and inside is hot. If the bread browns prior to the inside being hot, place pan with sandwiches in to the oven at 450 degrees F to allow to finish.