The grilled cheese is a classic. We loved them as kids and we also love them as adults. But if you are hesitant about taking on the Kraft singles and Wonder Bread variety of your childhood, then consider this adult version of the classic with a more "mature" cheese + sweet and salty additions. The child in you will be thrilled and the adult will be inconspicuously enthusiastic!
Bacon tends to be the common addition to "gourmet up" a grilled cheese. But we think bacon is a rather overpowering flavor—so much so that the cheese becomes secondary. Call us traditional, but we think the cheese should be the star (even if they share the spotlight!). For this grown-up version, we combined a savory hard cheese common for baking: Gruyére with soft Brie. To elevate but also cut the saltiness, we added thin slices of granny smith apples—childhood with a twist. Enjoy!
1 granny smith apple
Fresh baked bread
2 tablespoons of salted butter
1. Heat castiron skillet on medium heat. Cut bread into desired slices. Add 1 tablespoon of butter to pan and let melt. Place bread slices onto skillet. Once the side of bread touching the skillet surface is golden brown, flip and add other tablespoon of butter.
2. Cover each side of bread with cheese, one with Gruyére and the other with Brie. Place one piece of thinly sliced apple on each side of the bread and cheese combo.
3. Lower heat and continue grilling until cheese is melted then marry the cheese/apple covered bread slices.
p.s. This quintessential comfort food pairs perfectly with our favorite winter soup.