Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Grilled Cheese with Balsamic Caramelized Onions and Strawberry Preserves


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I really do like grilled cheese sandwiches.

But the clincher is this:  it has to be good!

Not any 'ol grilled cheese sandwich will do.

I think my mom made me a persnickety grilled cheese eater when I was a little girl.

My mom would grill the sandwich for my lunch.

The problem was this:  I wasn't eating it at home!

I was eating at school!

In an "effort" to keep it warm, she'd wrap the sandwich in foil.

That didn't do anything except make for a soggy-ish cold grilled cheese sandwich.

Now that I'm older, there are two things I do:  eat my grilled cheese hot . . .and I don't send grilled cheese sandwiches with my cherubs to school! 

No matter how tempting it may be!

Last night, we were running errands right up until dinner time. 

I had no dinner plans.

That makes for some fussy family members!

I sent my youngest cherub off to dance with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

I made the rest of us grilled cheese sandwiches!

But with a twist!

Here it is!

Grilled Cheese with Balsamic Caramelized Onions and Strawberry Preserves

For 4 sandwiches you'll need:

8 slices of bread of your choice
Butter, for the bread
Cheddar cheese, sliced
Strawberry preserves
1/2 of onion, thinly sliced
1 TBSP olive oil
1 TBSP sugar
1-2 TBSP balsamic vinegar

Heat the oil in the pan; add the thinly sliced onion and sprinkle with the sugar.  Cook over medium heat until the onions are caramel in color.  Stirring often to allow for even cooking.  Add the balsamic vinegar and stir until well mixed.  Remove from heat.

Butter one side of each piece of bread.  Place in pan over medium heat.  Top with desired amount of sliced cheddar cheese. 

Butter another piece of bread.  Flip over and spread some strawberry preserves and a nice schemer of the onion mix.  Place on top of the cheese, with butter facing up!

Grill until bread is golden and cheese is melted.

It's so gourmet -- you're gonna impress yourself!


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