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BBQ Pineapple Grilled Cheese

BBQ Pineapple Grilled Cheese | Flip traditional grilled cheese sandwiches upside-down with a summer-inspired version as an exciting new take for grilling season! This savory and sweet BBQ grilled cheese sandwich uses slices of Havarti with grilled pineapple and tangy homemade barbecue sauce to make a cool, flavorful dish that works as a quick lunch, kid-friendly dinner, or as a snack outside by the pool. Super-size your sandwich with grilled chicken if you’re feeling adventurous!

Ingredients

Yield: Serves: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 32 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes

For Sandwiches
4 slices pineapple
4 slices bread
4 slices Havarti cheese
6 thin slices of red onion
2 tablespoons softened butter

For Barbecue Sauce
½ cup tomato sauce
½ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons Kikkoman® Soy Sauce
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
½ teaspoon chipotle powder
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Stir together ingredients for barbecue sauce in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, until sauce has thickened. Pour into a small bowl and cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Brush pineapple slices with 2 tablespoons of barbecue sauce and grill over medium-high heat until grill marks appear, about 3 minutes each side.
  3. Place 2 pieces of bread on a clean work surface. Top each piece of bread with 2 slices of cheese, 2 slices of pineapple and 3 slices of red onion. Place remaining slices of bread on top. Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Once butter melts, add one sandwich and cook for 3 minutes on each side. Repeat with remaining sandwich and butter.
  4. Serve warm with remaining barbecue sauce for dipping.

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