The Grown Up Grilled Cheese…with Wine!

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wine and cheese sandwich9All summer, for lunch, my kids and I would eat either peanut butter and jelly or grilled cheese. That is what they wanted and that was what I made.  When they started back to school, I had great plans for the grown up lunches I was going to eat.  So the first day back to school, I made…grilled cheese?

That’s right!  I made a wine and grilled cheese sandwich.  I got the idea off of Pinterest..where else!  My inspiration came from the blog BS’s in the Kitchen.  Thanks!

I did change it a bit using what I had on hand in my kitchen.

2 slices of bread.  I just used plain old wheat bread, but french bread would have been really good!
1 tbsp butter plus some for spreading on the bread
I cut up some onion…as much as you want on your sandwich
I grabbed a few sprigs of rosemary from my garden
a dash of thyme
1 tbsp flour
¾ C Red Wine…I used Hauser Estate’s 2011 Cabernet Franc
a slice of Swiss cheese – again, Gruyere probably would have been better but I don’t usually keep Gruyere in my fridge!

1.  Melt the 1 tbsp butter in a pan and add the onion.

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2.  After the onion softens, add the rosemary and thyme.

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3.  After another couple of minutes, sprinkle in the flour and mix it in.

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4.  Add the most important ingredient…the wine!

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5.  Now reduce.  This took about 10 min.  You want the reduction to be thick enough to spread and stick to the bread.

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6.  Spread wine reduction onto the bread, and add cheese.

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7.  Butter the other side of the bread…like regular old grilled cheese and then grill until nice and golden brown.

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Then enjoy.  The great thing about this sandwich is you can match any of your favorite wine and cheese.  I may be having Merlot and Gouda tomorrow.

Go be adventurous and enjoy!


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