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French Onion Grilled Cheese

French Onion Grilled Cheese sandwiches are a fun twist on a classic.

French Onion Grilled Cheese from Hip Homeschool Moms

Our household has a fun time playing around with different kinds of “grilled cheese” sandwiches. A while back, I shared this recipe for Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, which is another favorite in our house. Now I make my grilled cheese sandwiches in a panini maker. I bought one of these inexpensive appliances several years ago, and after making sandwiches in it once, we were hooked. I don’t think I’ve made a grilled cheese sandwich in a skillet in years. That said, if you don’t have a panini maker, no worries. You can simply cook your grilled cheese in a skillet.

To begin, dice half of a sweet onion, such as a Vidalia. Saute this in a skillet with a tablespoon of butter, over medium heat. Cook until the onions are tender and golden. Then set aside for a moment.

French Onion Grilled Cheese from Hip Homeschool Moms

To assemble the sandwiches, lightly butter two slices of good bread. I used sourdough because I love how it crisps up when it is grilled. Place the buttered sides together as though you are making a butter sandwich.

French Onion Grilled Cheese from Hip Homeschool Moms

Spread a spoonful the the caramelized onions over the top.

French Onion Grilled Cheese from Hip Homeschool Moms

Top the onions with sliced Swiss cheese.

French Onion Grilled Cheese from Hip Homeschool Moms

Place the top slice with the onions and cheese into the heated panini press, and then top with the other slice – buttered sides out. Close the panini press and cook for 2-3 minutes or until golden. Repeat with all of the sandwiches.

French Onion Grilled Cheese from Hip Homeschool Moms

Enjoy!

French Onion Grilled Cheese from Hip Homeschool Moms

For cooking this in a skillet, follow all of the directions as stated above. Instead of placing the sandwich in a panini press, cook in a skillet over medium heat. Cook until golden on both sides, turning half way through the cooking process. This will take 4-5 minutes.

French Onion Grilled Cheese
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Serves: 6
 
French Onion Grilled Cheese sandwiches are a fun twist on a classic.
Ingredients
  • ½ sweet onion, diced
  • 1 Tb butter
  • Additional room temperature butter for buttering bread
  • 6 slices good bread, sourdough preferred
  • 9 slices Swiss cheese (more or less as needed, depending upon the size of your bread and slices)
Instructions
  1. To begin, saute the diced onion in a skillet with the tablespoon of butter, over medium heat. Cook until the onions are tender and golden. Then set aside for a moment.
  2. To assemble the sandwiches, lightly butter two slices of good bread. (I suggest sourdough because it crisps up well when it is grilled.) Place the buttered sides together as though you are making a butter sandwich.
  3. Spread a spoonful the the caramelized onions over the top.
  4. Top the onions with sliced Swiss cheese.
  5. Place the top slice with the onions and cheese into the heated panini press, and then top with the other slice – buttered sides out. Close the panini press and cook for 2-3 minutes or until golden.
Notes
Tip 1: For cooking this in a skillet, follow all of the directions as stated above. Instead of placing the sandwich in a panini press, cook in a skillet over medium heat. Cook until golden on both sides, turning half way through the cooking process. This will take 4-5 minutes.

TIP 2: Try this with thinly sluiced roast beef or turkey inside!
 

About the author

Constance

Constance Smith is a homeschool veteran, having eclectically homeschooled three kiddos through graduation. After spending 25 years living an army life, she and her husband are planting roots in northern Alabama where she is starting a farm and enjoying country life. Constance has been blogging for over a decade and has had her content published in several local and national publications. You can find hundreds more recipes, photography, videos of her life and more at her website, Cosmopolitan Cornbread.

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