Gruyère Grilled Cheese with Apple SaladThis technique gets your bread golden and your cheese extra melty, making a simple sandwich something special (the Gruyère and shallots don’t hurt either). It’s rich enough that one sandwich and a double portion of salad make a satisfying lunch for two.

Ingredients of Gruyère Grilled Cheese with Apple Salad:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 3/4 cup 1/4-inch-thick sliced shallots
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 1/2-inch-thick slices country-style white bread
  • 8 ounces Gruyère, sliced 1/8-inch thick
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1/2 apple (such as Pink Lady or Fuji), cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Directions for Gruyère Grilled Cheese with Apple Salad:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Heat 2 Tbsp. butter in a small saucepan over high heat. When butter begins to foam, add shallots and thyme; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon or spatula, until shallots begin to soften and caramelize, 4–5 minutes; remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat. Working in 2 batches, add 1 Tbsp. butter and swirl in pan to melt butter and coat bottom of pan. Add 2 slices of bread to pan and cook until golden brown and crisp on the bottom, 2–3 minutes. Transfer bread, toasted side down, to a rimmed baking sheet. Repeat with remaining butter and bread slices. Divide cheese evenly among bread slices; top cheese with reserved shallots.
  3. Place baking sheet in oven and bake until cheese is melted, 7–8 minutes.
  4. Combine arugula, apple slices, lemon juice, and oil in a large bowl; toss to coat and evenly distribute. Season salad to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Press 2 pieces of bread together, melted cheese sides in; halve sandwich on a diagonal and place on a plate. Repeat with remaining bread slices. Divide salad between plates.

Nutritional information:

One serving contains:

  • Calories(kcal) 1060
  • Fat(g) 75
  • Saturated Fat(g) 37
  • Cholesterol(mg) 185
  • Carbohydrates(g) 56
  • Dietary Fiber(g) 4
  • Total Sugars(g) 10
  • Protein(g) 42
  • Sodium(mg) 1110