Sunday, December 22, 2013

Grilled Sandwiches

Like a lot of people, I have a 40+ hour a week job, which means I often come home late or do not have the time to make an elaborate dinner every night.  Not being one to sacrifice taste for convenience, I really dislike frozen meals or ready-made soups that often leave me feeling a little bit disheartened after eating them.  My latest go-to quick meal has been a grilled sandwich and side salad.

Below is my one of my favorite grilled sandwich combinations--turkey, Gruyere cheese, apple slices, sautéed onions, and Dijon mustard.  Feel free to use whatever cheese and toppings you like though! Another favorite is pesto + Parmesan + turkey.

Grilled Turkey Sandwich
Makes 1 sandwich

2 tablespoons of butter
1/2 onion, chopped
2 slices of bread of choice (I like whole wheat, but choose whatever you like)
Dijon mustard
2 slices of deli turkey
Thinly cut slices of Gruyere cheese
1 Fuji, Honeycrisp, or Gala apple, cut into slices no more than 1/2 inch thick (As you can tell from the pictures, I cut my apple slices a little too thick!)
Sometimes, you got to be a little bit creative. 
  1. Heat a medium-sized fry pan over medium heat on the stove.  Add 1 tablespoon of butter.  When butter melts, add in chopped onions.
  2. Stir onions every once in a while until they turn brown (about 10-15 minutes). Remove onions from the pan.
  3. Swipe one side of each slice of bread with mustard.  Then build your sandwich,  adding the turkey, caramelized onions, apples, and then cheese to your sandwich.  
  4. Place fry pan on the stove, and begin heating the pan on medium heat.
  5. Coat one of the outer sides of bread with butter.  Place the sandwich buttered-side down on the pan.
  6. Now, you need to apply pressure to the sandwich in order to get a golden brown and crispy exterior.  I often place a plate on top of my sandwich to add pressure, as seen in the picture.
  7. When the bottom of the sandwich is brown and crispy (about 5 minutes), add butter to the top piece of bread, then flip the sandwich.
  8. Continue cooking until the other side of the sandwich is golden and crispy (about 5 minutes).

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