September 11, 2014

Sweet and Spicy - Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

How to  make Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

           Hot sandwiches are so very comforting, when the weather is cold. We all know, the popular Grilled Cheese Sandwich! But plain old 'Grilled Cheese' just doesn't cut it for me! I need more going on, in my sandwich - more texture, more flavors & more layers ;o) This is by far, my most favorite kind of homemade sandwich (I hope, I have taken all of them into account). The crust is crispy & crunchy, the melted cheese in between is chewy & gooey, the caramelized onions impart a hint of sweetness & of course, the flavor of your favorite sauce will add some heat to your sandwich. 

Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese Sandwiches to satisfy your sweet & spicy cravings.

               To get the best results, just be sure to slowly cook the onions in butter/oil; over medium heat, to caramelize the sugars naturally present in the onion, bring out the rich color & gradually pull out the flavors from the onions. This recipe is from a paper clipping, in my recipe file - sadly I cannot make out, where i got it from. Sending it over to Valli's CCChallenge #4 week 4. This is such an easy & delicious recipe - I cannot believe, it took so long for me to post this. Well; better late, than never! But, you gotta try this one :) Goes great with a cup of soup or salad. Try this Strawberry Spinach Salad, instead of the usual.

Ingredients for 2 servings

3 Tbsp Butter/Margarine
2 large red onions, finely sliced
1/2 Tsp Freshly ground black pepper
4 slices sharp Cheddar cheese
8 slices White/Wheat bread
4 slices  Pepper Jack/Monetary Jack cheese
Hot & Sweet Sauce or BBQ Sauce
Salt to taste

  • Melt some butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions and saute, stirring, until edges are browned, about 10 to 12 minutes. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.
  • Spread some hot & sweet sauce on a slice of bread, place a Cheddar slice on 1 slice bread. Spread a large amount of  caramelized onions on top of cheese and top with a slice of Pepper Jack/Monetary jack Cheese. Top with other slice of bread. Repeat with 3 more sandwiches.
  • Take a nonstick skillet or griddle & spread some butter on it and heat until hot. Place sandwich on griddle and weigh down with a heavy skillet. Lower heat to medium-low and grill until underside is a brown but not burnt and cheese is partially melted, about 5 to 6 minutes. 
  • Spread some butter on the outer side of the top bread & flip sandwich and grill other side, an additional 4 to 5 minutes. Slice in half and serve hot.


  • For kids lunchbox - use margarine instead of butter to keep the crust soft, until afternoon. 

Sharing this soul satisfying recipe with Kids Lunchbox recipe event on Indus Ladies.

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