SALTED CARAMEL-APPLE GRILLED CHEESE
What you need:
1 apple, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Two slices firm bread, not too strong in flavor – a good white, a textury wholegrain
2 good-sized slices aged white cheddar
In a medium bowl, toss the apple slices with the maple syrup and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Set a skillet over medium-high heat to warm, add the apples and let them set for a couple minutes. Once the apples start to sizzle a little and caramelize, toss them in the pan. Let cook a few more minutes, tossing often, until tender and very brown. The edges should be nicely caramelized.
Return the sliced apples to the bowl. Brush one side of each bread slice with the remaining olive oil. Put one slice, oil-side-down, into the skillet. Cover the bread with half the apples, all the cheese and then the rest of the apples. Cover with the second slice of bread, oil-side-up. Set a flat pot top – that is too small for the pan – atop your sandwich and press on it to flatten your sandwich a little.
Let your sandwich grill until the bread is super brown and the cheese has started to melt. Flip it with a spatula and grill the second side. When both sides are brown and the cheese is oozing take your sandwich out of the skillet. Sprinkle both sides with salt. Let the sandwich cool for a sec and then cut it in half.
Eat while hot and oozy.
This is my current favorite sandwich.