Grilled Cheese with Apple and Arugula

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Yield: 4 sandwiches

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This is a sandwich that takes grilled cheese into the realm of the gourmet. The apples and raisins in the bread caramelize on the griddle, leaving the sandwich with a crisp exterior and a soft, melting interior.

Grilled Cheese with Apple and Arugula

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Yield: 4 sandwiches
Published: 06/26/2012

Ingredients

  • 8 slices Fruited Sourdough Sandwich Bread
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) soft unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 ounce baby arugula
  • 8 ounces sliced sharp cheddar cheese

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Directions

1) Heat a panini press or an electric griddle to 350°F.

2) Generously butter one side of each slice of bread.

3) Flip four slices over so the butter side is facing down. Top each with the sliced apple, cheddar, arugula, and the remaining slices of bread (butter side up).

4) Place the prepared sandwiches on the hot press or griddle. If using a press, toast the sandwiches until both sides are a nice golden brown and the cheese has melted within. If using a griddle, toast the sandwiches for 5 minutes on each side, then transfer them to a parchment-lined baking sheet, and finish baking in a preheated 350°F oven for another 5 minutes; this allows the cheese to melt in the center of the sandwich.

5) Slice sandwiches on the diagonal, and serve warm.

Yield: 4 sandwiches.

Reviews

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  • star rating 08/18/2014
  • SRusk from Modesto, CA
  • Amazes me how folks don't do a recipe exactly as written then wonder where their efforts failed or fell short then complain. But, ah well. This recipe, just exactly as is - is excellent. The fruited sourdough is one of the very best recipes going - but then turning it into a grilled cheese with the special combination of dressings just exactly as listed, take it totally over the top.
  • star rating 08/19/2012
  • Josie from Virginia
  • Lovely! Grilled cheese for adults. I did not have the fruit bread so I caramelized apples on the griddle and added the raisins to let them soften. Then I put the fruit and the cheese on the sandwich...Amazing. I omitted the arugula because I did not have any on hand. I am so glad this was featured, I was looking for a recipe and this captured my attention. Like everything else on KAF it sets a new standard. BTW - great tip on throwing the the sandwich in the oven. I've never done that before and it made the insides perfectly melted. As always, thanks.
  • star rating 08/16/2012
  • barbr1 from KAF Community
  • I made this bread the other day, and the grilled cheese as well.. Love this receipe, amazing King Arthur as always..
  • star rating 08/03/2012
  • TuzaHu from KAF Community
  • ok, I didn't have the fruited sourdough bread made but going to make that this weekend, sounds wonderful. I did the grilled cheese with regular homemade bread, the apples and arugula with some bitter herbs. Wow, never thought to add apples! I mix my cheeses and fry in a pan, while toasting the bread, then slap the melted cheese on the bread for a quick toast in the pan, with plenty of cheese hanging over the sides of the bread, getting extra chewy and crisp. the apples added a nice difference, next time I'll fry them well cooked.
  • star rating 08/03/2012
  • crandy1971 from KAF Community
  • there's some good in this but fruited bread is a bit meh for me - also, especially at this point in the growing season, any grilled cheese made without a thick slice of an heirloom tomato is naked.
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