My favorite recipes: French-onion grilled cheese

So I haven’t done any cooking posts in long time. This isn’t a cooking blog, so it’s cool, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy making awesome food. I wanted to share some of my favorite dishes that I’ve discovered in the last year, starting with …

French-Onion Grilled Cheese

French onion grilled cheese

I found this one in a magazine, and the only thing preventing me from making it every month is the cost. Gruyere cheese is not budget-friendly, but this meal tastes amazing, and you don’t have to be crazy about French onion soup (which I don’t even eat) to enjoy it.

It’s rich, so you should probably only make it now and then, anyway. As you can see from the pic, even the recipe got a little greasy. ;)

Annie’s Eats has a comparable recipe that uses Gouda and Gruyere cheese, along with baguette slices — yum. But I liked it a lot with sourdough bread. Wine is optional.

This is a great pick for fall. You can click the image above to see the full clipping or follow the steps that I’ve copied below.

Prepare the onions:

1. Melt 3 Tbs. butter over medium-low heat in pot.

2. Add 1 medium onion, thinly sliced. Cook and stir until softened, 3-4 minutes.

3. Season with salt and pepper. Cover.

4. Over medium-low heat, cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. About 25 minutes.

5. Increase heat to medium-high, stir in 3 Tbs white wine, scraping up from browned bits from bottom of pot. Cook 1 minute. Remove from heat.

Assemble sandwiches:

1. Heat large skillet over medium heat.

2. Spread each side of 4 slices of sourdough bread with butter.

3. Place 2 slices in skillet. Top each with 1/4 cup grated Gruyere cheese, half of onions, and another 1/4 cup grated Gruyere, then bread slice.

4. Cook, turning once, until golden brown and cheese is melted. 3-4 minutes per side. Makes two sandwiches.

3 thoughts on “My favorite recipes: French-onion grilled cheese

  1. Maxime

    Don’t come To France Stephanie, Gruyere and Gouda are among the cheapest cheezes here :)

    I did not know of this recipe, it’s not a typical french recipe, i guess the name comes from the cheeses.
    The fun part is that none of the cheeses here are really french : Gruyere comes from Switzerland and Gouda from Holland !

    About the onions and whine, this is often used to make onion jam which is a delight when spread over “foie gras”. Not recommendded for diet too.

    Sorry for my answer, this post made me hungry ;)

    1. Stephanie Carmichael

      Hey, Maxime! Good to see you again.

      Oh man, I would LOVE to buy those cheeses cheap. :D

      I don’t know if this recipe is authentically French or anything; it’s called “French-onion grilled cheese” because it’s a riff on French onion soup. But now you’ve just educated me on cheeses, so that’s pretty cool. I’ve never even heard of onion jam — holy whoa. What is “foie gras”? :O

      I’m hungry now, too.

      1. Maxime

        I don’t know what kind of french cheese you can find in NY, but in France most people think that our cheese are considered as biological weapons by US :) And from the smell of some of them, it’ll be definitely an accurate classification.

        Erm… Foie gras is one of those french delight that you better not know too much how it’s done. Litteral translation would be “Fat Liver” and it’s pretty well named. It’s a kind of “delicatessen meat”… not sure if it’s a really accurate, I used google translate
        It’s mostly eaten during Christmas, though, and as most of delicatessen meats, it’s even better with certain kind of jam on it – not your usual strawberry jam of course.
        About how it’s made, I’ll let you google it ;)

        glad to speak a bit of cooking with you ;)

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