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.

A toast to an awesome cooking blogger

Thanks to blogger Sarah for holding a contest and choosing me as a winner of a one-year subscription to Bon Appetit Magazine! There’s little I love more than getting goodies in the mail, except my fellow writers and readers.

Sarah runs an amazing cooking blog over at Sarah’s Place. Believe me, it’s awesome and very non-cook friendly—meaning she’ll turn you into one with her great recipes and pictures of delicious food. I’m hungry just thinking about it.

So stop by her blog and—oh my god, look at that French onion soup. I don’t even like French onion soup! Wowza.

Thanks, Sarah!