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Pickled Red Onion and Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Swap classic grilled cheese sandwiches for this amped up gourmet version instead. A comfort food recipe that’s quick to prepare for lunch! These grilled sandwiches are sweet, savory, and gooey with melted cheese. Cheddar and sweet apple slices are a match made in heaven, and pickled red onion brings a sharper sweetness to the mix. Pair with a side of salad greens with honey-mustard dressing or enjoy your sandwich as an afternoon snack!


Yield: Serves 2
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 19 minutes
Total Time: 34 minutes

1 small red onion, thinly sliced
½ cup steaming hot water 
2 tablespoons cane sugar
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ cup Kikkoman® Rice Vinegar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
4 slices of bread
4 slices white cheddar or white American cheese
1 honeycrisp apple


  1. Add sliced onions to a 16-ounce glass jar or bowl. Combine hot water, sugar and sea salt in a measuring cup with pour spout and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add rice vinegar. Pour mixture over red onion. Press onions down so they are completely submerged. Cover with lid and set out at room temperature for one hour.
  2. After onions are ready, spread butter on one side of four slices of bread. Place buttered side of bread facing down and top with 2 slices of cheese, 2 slices of apple, ¼ cup pickled onions and 2 slices of cheese. Place the other piece of bread on top, buttered side facing up. Repeat with remaining bread.
  3. Heat a grill pan over medium heat and spray with cooking oil. All pan to heat for 3 minutes. Place 1 sandwich on pan and cook for 3-4 minutes. Gently flip using a spatula and grill for 3-4 minutes longer. Repeat with the remaining sandwich. Slice sandwiches in half and enjoy warm.


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