I love fall, it means apple season is HERE! I love picking my own apples, in fact Haralson apples are my “apple of choice” so when I pick them, I pick A LOT! So besides apple crisp, applesauce and apple cake finding ways to eat these delicious apples is a welcome challenge for me. I love to create a savory dish so I can eat them for dinner as well and that’s where this recipe came into play.

Now, growing up we had an apple tree in our backyard and when I would see my mom take out her cast iron pan I knew she was going to fry up some apples to go with our dinner. The fried apples inside this sandwich are a nod to my mom and the wonderful memory I have of watching her making one of my favorites each fall, maple fried apples.

This sandwich is a little bit salty with the cheese, a little bit sweet ‘n’ tart with the apples & the buttery nutty crunch from the bread, let’s just say sinking my teeth into this makes me smile!

FRIED APPLE GRILLED CHEESE

Ingredients:

1 stick of butter, softened

2 tart apples, cored & slice

¼ cup maple syrup

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

8 slices of hearty multi-grain bread

8 slices Havarti cheese

Instructions:

  1. In a large skillet melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium high heat.
  2. Add sliced apples and sauté for 6-8 minutes or until apples begin to caramelize.
  3. Pour in maple syrup and cinnamon and simmer for another 3-5 minutes.
  4. Remove pan from heat and cool for 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile butter one side of each slice of bread and place a slice of bread, butter side down into a skillet or Panini press.
  6. Layer with a slice of cheese, maple fried apples, then another slice of cheese.
  7. Place another slice of bread, butter side up on the sandwich and cook 4-6 minutes each side until cheese is melted and bread is golden brown.
  8. Repeat until all grilled sandwiches are complete.
Kirsten Renee

Author Kirsten Renee

Kirsten loves to create recipes and cook for her family and friends whenever possible. Kirsten won a national cooking contest in 2011 and is a local TV personality in Minneapolis, sharing her passion for food with viewers. Connect with Kirsten on Facebook (www.facebook.com/KirstenReneeTV), Twitter (https://twitter.com/KirstenRenee74), and Instagram (www.instagram.com/kirstenrenee74).

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