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French Onion Grilled Cheese

2011 March 13
by admin

I’ve been hosting weekend guests at my home for the past few weekends.  I’m not talking hosting my husband – yeah, he’s been visiting too (what a trooper, driving 5 hours a weekend to see me!), I’m talking about real, honest to goodness, guest-bedroom visitors.

I like it a lot.  I love having company, since I live alone.  And I love showing off our property.  And I love feeding all the people.  I even love doing the dishes (almost).

This past weekend, our visitor was arriving just at lunch time.  I knew she’d be hungry and I knew I wanted something quick and easy to serve up.  We all loved these grown up grilled cheese sandwiches I concocted.  Our guest, in fact, was the one who named them … quickly likening this meal to French Onion soup.

I made the onion jam filling a few hours before mealtime and kept it in the refrigerator until lunch.   I toasted one side of each piece of bread in the broiler.  When the guests arrive, I added the cheese to untoasted side of half the bread slices and onion jam to the other half.  After broiling for 2 or 3 minutes, everything was perfectly warm and melty for serving.

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French Onion Grilled Cheese

Onion Jam (recipe follows)
sourdough bread pieces
provolone cheese

for the jam (Elly Says Opa)
2 tsp. butter
2 large yellow onions, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/3 cup red wine
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

Heat the butter over medium heat and then add the onions.  Cook the onions, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes.  Add the sugar and a pinch of salt, and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes until deeply golden brown.  Stir in the red wine and balsamic vinegar.  Continue cooking until the liquid has been absorbed and the mixture has thickened, about 10-15 minutes.

Under oven broiler, toast one side of the bread slices.  Flip bread over and top have the slices with 1 or 2 slices of cheese and the other have with 1-2 T onion jam.  Broil until cheese is melted.  Put slices together to form sandwiches.  Serve.


Oh, Hi.  Are you still there?  I thought you would have left after that last picture of my grilled cheese.   Well, since you stuck around, do you know anyone who wants a dog?

This is Mardi.  She’s my foster pup and in need of a home.  I figured the best way to get the word out was to use my blog.  I mean, someone has to know someone who needs this precious, 15 lb, full grown girl.  Right!?  She bounds through the fields like a jackrabbit and is one of the 100% happiest dogs I’ve ever met (and I’ve met a lot of dogs.)  Oh, you don’t live nearby?  No problem.  We’ll get her transported.  Let me know!

  • elly

    Those sandwiches look realllllly cheesy and delicious. Yum. I’m glad you liked the jam!

  • Kaytorade

    Mardi is freaking adorable.

  • Brit

    That picture of your farm is beautiful! It must be so amazing to live there!

    • Anonymous

      Yours seems just as blissful, Brit!

  • Tastetastic Voyage

    I am jealous of your farm. It is absolutely beautiful. Mardi is beautiful too. The sandwiches look delicious.

  • mindrunningwild

    wow your farm looks just like where I want to be right now. We have snow : /
    Those sandwiches look like the perfect chilly day food too!

    • Anonymous

      The snow is so dreadful! Love spring :) Hopefully it hits your part of the world soon

  • The USA Kiwi

    OMG – that dog is ADORABLE. Actually, they both are.
    Also, the sandwiches look tasty too!

  • polwig

    I love grown up Grilled Cheese like that… for me personally there is nothing better then caramelized onions… yum

  • Bridget

    I love this method of making grilled cheese – none of the fat or uncertainty (is the bread burning? is the cheese melting?) of cooking it on the stove! And “French Onion Grilled Cheese” is such a great name for this – the perfect blend of flavors!

    Okay, you need to stop posting pictures of the foster dog now. I’m starting to really want her, and, well, I can’t have her. But I imagine it won’t be long now before you find someone to adopt her!

    • Anonymous

      The best thing about being a grown up is deciding you can have a dog! Mardi is good with cats, too.

  • Shawnda

    I bookmarked the onion jam already :) I love the flavors going on here. Another bookmark.

  • Jen

    Oh my gosh, the foster pup is so cute…and by the way, your land is gorgeous.

    I want that sandwich right now. Grilled cheese is one of my all-time favorites and I love fancy variations.

  • Jade

    The darn if beautiful. I hope your husband gets to join you soon. I also live the idea of this grilled cheese. So much wonderful flavor.

  • Rachel Hossenlopp

    Those look delicious!

  • Alisa

    I would hop and skip and do cartwheels on that wonderful field. The grilled sandwich looks amazing and Im saving your recipe to make this one soon. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Kerstin

    What an awesome grilled cheese – love it!! That onion jam sounds super addicting.

    Awww, Mardi is so cute. We really want a dog but we both work super long hours so it’s not the right time for us yet.

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  • Kelsey

    Yummy! Michael and I both love grilled cheese (who doesn’t?) and onion jam. What a great combination!

  • Moviegirl03

    We made these last night and they were fabulous!  Great recipe.

  • Alyce Ayers

    Did anyone ever take in your foster pup.. ? 

    • Anonymous

      Actually, no! Still looking for a perfect home.

  • MagnoliaSouth

    Congratulations on being featured at Fox News! I found you via their National Grilled Cheese Day article here:

    How about Mardi? I see these comments were sometime ago. Surely you have a home for her now?