Apple-Cinnamon Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Apple Grilled Cheese from Our Best BitesWhen I was a little girl, one of our regular breakfast meals was “Cheese Toast.”  It was an open-faced toasted bread slice, with melted cheddar cheese on top and drenched drizzled with maple syrup.  My Mom would cut it up into little squares and I’d sop the bread around wiping up all the syrupy drips.  I always thought cheese toast was as common as Cheerios for breakfast, until my friends would come over and look on with wide eyes when the maple hit the cheddar.  Apparently my Mom’s grandpa, my great Grandpa Nate, used to make cheese toast for her when she was  little girl, too.  Nostalgia always provides inspiration for me in the kitchen, and I drew on another popular flavor combo: apples and cheddar cheese, for this quick-fix meal.  It might seem like an interesting combo, but trust me- this surprising combo of sweet and savory is a total crowd-pleaser.  We eat these at our house for dinner, lunch, breakfast, snacks…you name it.  It’s a go-to meal around here and last time I made them one of my kids said, “Mom you should put this on your blog.”  Well then, here ya go kid.

Start with some sweet, crisp apples.  I like fuji, pink lady, honey crisp, and similar varieties, but anything works.  Slice them thinly, in about 1/8-inch slices.  Next, slice some cheddar cheese.  I like extra sharp in most recipes because when combined with other ingredients the extra punch helps the flavor stand out.

Apples and Cheese

You’ll also want to make sure to use a good, hearty, rustic bread (not a super soft and squishy one).  Cover both slices of bread with slices of cheese, and top one of them with a single layer of sliced apples.

Cinnamon and Salt

Sprinkle the apples with a light dusting of cinnamon and a little pinch of kosher salt or sea salt.

Apple slices on grilled cheese

Then just plop that sucker together.  Spread a little butter on the outsides and then grill either in a skillet or a panini grill.

The heat toasts the bread, melts that gooey cheese, and softens the apples so they’re tender.


The result is this fabulous grilled cheese sandwich, but taken to a new level.  Since the apples are softened, they just add this perfect sweetness that offsets the little flakes of salt and the creamy, savory cheese.

But now we’re really going to get crazy.  Remember I was inspired by cheese toast here.  This is why it’s important to have a hearty, rustic bread.  One with lots of airy holes in it, because now you’re going to drizzle your grilled cheese with maple syrup.

Maple Syrup on Sandwich

I know, it sounds kind of nutty, but trust me, it’s amaaaazing. Sweet and savory and crunchy and soft, and all around delicious.

Apple Cinnamon Grilled Panini from Our Best Bites

If you use a good rustic bread, the syrup just sort of falls into all of those nooks and crannies so it’s not a total disaster to eat.  You could also serve a little maple syrup on the side and dip.  Because you know you’ve always wanted to dip a sandwich in syrup.

Grilled Cheese with Apples close up

Try it with a cup of butternut squash soup, or a side salad for dinner, or with a glass of milk for breakfast, it’s comfort food no matter what time of day- try it out!

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    1. Vermont on a plate! YES! I’ve dreamed of going there ever since I was a kid and my parents visited there in the fall. Three things I remember them bringing home? Fresh apple cider, real maple syrup, and lots of cheese! 🙂 This really looks amazing.

  1. I have NEVER tried one of your recipes that disappointed and I own both of your cookbooks and cook your stuff all the time. My husband raves about all of your recipes and I always say “Its our Best Bites!” He has finally told me to stop saying that…he says he’d rather just believe they came from me :0 ) Sooo….if I didn’t come from that background….I might just be weirded out by this, but as it is we’ll give it a shot!

  2. I’ve made these before, but without the syrup, and they are delicious! I know that the syrup will be a fantastic addition! Can’t wait to try 🙂

  3. I checked your blog before bed tonight and couldn’t sleep without making this as a snack before bed. We also grew up on the same cheese toast and it was and a favorite. My husband and I loved this take on a classic! We knew we would because we always put cheese on our waffles and the cheese makes the outside extra crispy but leaves the inside soft and light. It is two of our favorite things combined. Thanks for the yummy new staple in our home!

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