Gruyere Grilled Cheese with Apple Salad

by Lisa on August 22, 2012


Ordinarily, Caroline and I run errands together on Sundays.  This week, our girl was running a fever, so I went and ran errands on my own while she hung out with Jeromy.  On my way to Trader Joe’s, Jeromy called and said he was going to make us lunch, a recipe he just read in Bon Apetit.  He gave me the ingredient list, I picked them up and I high-tailed it home.

When I walked in the door, Caroline was napping and Jeromy set to work.  Naturally, Caroline woke up just as Jeromy was putting our food on plates.  So we gave her a snack, sat her between us and hoped she’d let us enjoy our meal.  As long as I held her in one arm and ate with the other, she was okay with it.  She’s a benevolent toddler.

Gruyere Grilled Cheese with Apple Salad

by The Splattered Apron

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Keywords: bake sauté sandwich salad vegetarian

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced shallots
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 thick slices of rustic sandwich bread {we used Rustic Pane Bello from Trader Joe’s}
  • 8 oz. Gruyere, sliced 1/8 inch thick
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 3/4 of a Fuji {or a pink lady} apple, cut into 1/4 inch slices, then broken into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Prepare the ingredients. If you have a mandolin, I recommend using that to slice the cheese in a uniform thickness. {If you slice the cheese first, subsequently slicing the shallots and apples will help clean the cheese off of the blade.}

In a small saucepan over high heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Once it begins to foam, add the shallots and thyme, then season with salt and pepper. Stir continuously while cooking until the shallots begin to soften and caramelize, this should take about 4-5 minutes. Remove the shallots from the pan and set aside.

In the same pan, add 1 tablespoon of butter. Swirl to melt the butter and coat the pan. Add two pieces of bread to the pan and toast until golden brown and crisp on the bottom. Set aside the two pieces of bread, toasted side down, on a rimmed baking sheet, then repeat the process with two more pieces of bread.

Top the slices of bread with the cheese evenly, then cover with the shallots.

Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 7-8 minutes, until the cheese is melted.

While the cheese melts, combine the arugula, apple slices, lemon juice and olive oil in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper then toss to coat.

Once the cheese is melted, make a sandwich with one slice of bread with cheese and the other with cheese and shallots.

Serve sandwiches alongside the salad.

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Sunday was dreary, but the flavors on this dish were bright and flavorful.  If I were eating with my eyes closed, I would have thought it was a spring day.  {Does anyone eat with their eyes closed?}


The sandwich has a remarkable richness that the lemon juice in the salad cuts right through.


The apples give the salad just a bit of sweetness and a great crunchy texture.


I was sad when I finished this sandwich. I could have had another one. Maybe two.


A simple meal, made special by the fact that my husband made it for me.



Recipe from Bon Apetit, September 2012.


You know Clare of Cooking with Clare fame? Well, today is her 10th birthday! Happy Birthday, Clare!! I can’t believe you’re already in double digits.  You are one awesome kid.  Jeromy and I are so happy that Caroline will have such a fun friend growing up.  And yes, you will be her babysitter Winking smile We love you!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Amadie August 22, 2012 at 8:51 am

That is my perfect meal right there. I NEED to make this. (And Clare loved the birthday greeting — thank you for being such a good friend to both of us!)


Lisa August 29, 2012 at 9:58 am

Make it! ASAP. Or we can make it for you guys!


Miranda @ Biting Life August 24, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Yummmm! I love grilled cheese, it’s definitely one of my favorite foods. I’ve always wanted to try it with apple, but never have.


Lisa August 29, 2012 at 9:50 am

I thought the sandwich was going to have apple in it when my husband gave me the ingredient list–I think that would have been delicious too!


Kammie @ Sensual Appeal February 27, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Ohhhh my gosh, I don’t even know what to say – this grilled cheese sounds glorious!
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