Grilled Cheese with Sweet and Sour Onions

Have you ever made a recipe that was so good that you dreamed about it for weeks after making it? This is one of those. Be warned: You will have sweet, savoury, melty, cheesy dreams after making this!DSC03686

For all the food lovers out there: Go out and pick up Deb Perelman’s cookbook! The fabulous food blogger behind Smitten Kitchen wrote herself a book, and it is nothing short of food porn. I’ve made a few recipes so far, this one being my favourite of the lot.


Just look at that picture! I knew I had to make that one RIGHT away when I got the book.

DSC03688The recipe for the onions is fairly easy, and it takes little time to make. These onions pack a flavourful punch too!


First things first, cook the onions down in a pan with some butter, until they start to caramelize.


Next, add balsamic vinegar and brown sugar and cook them down for a little while longer. DSC03693

I decided to go all out an use the very best local ingredients for this recipe (go big or go home, right?) I used Spelt bread from Prairie Mill Bakery (which we are now HOOKED on, btw!) and smoked Gouda and aged cheddar from Sylvan Star. I couldn’t choose between the two cheeses, so I got both.


Assemble your sandwich…


And pop it in the panini maker!


You will end up with a beautiful sandwich that you’ll want to eat again and again…

DSC03698Look at that ooey gooey goodness!!

Jacquie’s Awesome Grilled Cheese with Sweet and Sour Onions (Courtesy of Deb Perelman from Smitten Kitchen)

You will need:

1 tbsp butter

1 large red onion

2 tsps brown sugar

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

4 slices spelt bread

3/4 cup of smoked gouda or aged cheddar

Melt butter in a large saucepan. Add onions and cook down for 5 minutes. Add sugar and vinegar and cook down until onions thicken (about 5 more minutes). Assemble sandwiches with cheese and melt in a pan or a panini press. Enjoy, a lot!


2 Comments on “Grilled Cheese with Sweet and Sour Onions”

  1. Carole says:

    Hi there. The current Food on Friday is all about onions! So it would be great if you linked this in. This is the link . Wishing you very happy Holidays!

  2. Jacquie, thank you for linking this in to Food on Friday. We are now starting to get quite a collection of onion dishes together. Do stop by some of the other links to check them out!

    Ps I have just signed up to follow your blog. A follow back to Carole’s Chatter would be wonderful – or have you already followed? Cheers

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