Grilled Cheese with Apples and Apple Gastrique

Grilled Cheese with Apples and Apple Gastrique

Try and name a person who doesn’t smile like a kid after their first bite of a gooey grilled cheese sandwich. I know I do… this version of grilled cheese is perfect for that crisp-cool afternoon.  My favorite cheese to use for the perfect grilled cheese is Butterkase. It’s a semi soft ripened cheese that originates from Germany and literally means “butter-cheese”. Butterkase also melts very well making it a stellar secret weapon.



  1. Turn the griddle on and set it to 350 degrees
  2. Make the gastrique:
    1. In a sauce pot bring apple cider to a boil and turn down heat to simmer.
    2. Cook until the cider is reduced by 80% or until a syrup like consistency. (You can check by dipping a chilled spoon into it.)
    3. Add apple cider vinegar to the reduction
    4. Set aside
  3. Lay out cheese and apples on one piece of bread.
  4. Drizzle gastrique on top of the apples
  5. Drop 1 tablespoon of butter onto the pre-heated griddle.
  6. Let melt for 3-4 seconds and set the piece of bread with cheese and apples on the butter.
  7. Top with second piece of bread and grill for 2-3 minutes or until golden-brown.
  8. Once golden-brown drop the last tablespoon of butter next to the sandwich on the griddle.
  9. Flip sandwich on top of the melted butter and grill for another 2-3 minutes.
  10. Transfer sandwich to cutting board. Let it rest patiently for 30 seconds then cut half and enjoy.

If desired, drizzle over remaining apple gastrique. I personally enjoy this perfect grilled cheese with a glass of “Weiss” beer or a dry hard cider.

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