Grilled cheese with sliced apples

It may very well be fall for the rest of you, but here in Tucson the temperatures haven’t quite relinquished just yet.  I have caved and made a couple of pumpkin desserts, but comfort foods like chili and lasagna are still weeks from being feasible.  Still, I couldn’t deny my family the pleasure of a hint of fall foods.  To compromise, I made grilled cheese sandwiches with sliced apples for dinner last week.  These weren’t your average grilled cheese sandwiches though.  I started by baking fresh bread, I chose a dilled wheat bread for this particular sandwich.  Made with chopped onions and dill, the bread is sturdy enough for a sandwich but flavorful enough to eat with nothing more than a spread of butter.  From there, I added two kinds of cheese: extra sharp cheddar and creamy Havarti.  When I served these as dinner, I used peeled Granny Smith apples, though for the picture the next day I had to use Gala because that’s all we had left.  I definitely preferred them with the tart Granny Smiths.  The finishing touch is a whole grain mustard; it offers a tangy zip next to the creamy Havarti cheese.  While these sandwiches certainly wouldn’t win any culinary contests, they are a great choice when you’re looking for a bit of fall flavor in a quick and convenient meal.  I served them with a salad made of baby greens, candied pecans and diced pears.

Grilled cheese sandwiches with sliced apples

Ingredients:

2 slices of sturdy bread (sourdough or a rustic, artisan wheat would be yummy)
2 slices of Havarti cheese
2 slices of extra sharp cheddar cheese
several slices of very thinly-sliced Granny Smith apples
1 T. whole grain mustard
1 T. butter

Directions:

Butter one side of each piece of bread.  On the non-buttered side, spread whole grain mustard.  Layer cheeses and sliced apples.  Top with second piece of buttered bread.  Place in panini press or cook stove-top in a skillet until golden brown on each side.  Enjoy!

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