Tuesday, December 28, 2010

218. Grilled Swiss Cheese and Apple Sandwich, Eye Appeal

Even though sandwiches are probably one of the easiest dishes to reproduce at home, many restaurants do a thriving business because ordering a sandwich is an easy and economical way to eat out. And, let's face it, what would a road trip be without a few hefty, layered sandwiches from Panera Bread or Subway?

Growing up, we at a lot of sandwiches and most of them were made at home. My mother actually let me fix grilled cheese sandwiches when I was quite young. I was taught to make them with buttered white bread and American cheese. It was not as fancy as a thick club or submarine sandwich, but it sure went well with a bowl of tomato soup after we had spent the morning shovelling snow.

 As my palate matured, I switched to rye bread and added chopped green peppers and sometimes green olives on top of the cheese...then, someone suggested trying different cheeses and maybe some fruit. Wow...what a concept!

With the advent of griddles and indoor grills, however, it is easy to copy restaurant-style sandwiches or to increase the eye appeal of an old favorite right at home.The Swiss cheese sandwich with tangy apple slices in today's recipe is wonderful fixed on a grill or griddled.

 Grilled Swiss Cheese and Apple Sandwich

2 slices bread, buttered on the outside
Thin slices of Swiss or baby Swiss cheese
Thin slices of a peeled, tart apple

Using a hot grill or griddle, place a buttered slice of bread on the griddle, buttered side down. Add cheese apple slices and a few more pieces of cheese. Top with second slice of bread, buttered side up. Grill on both sides of the bread until golden and the cheese is melted. Remove to a plate and cut sandwich in half on the diagonal. Serve immediately. Serves 1.


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