Ever since my first wine and cheese party, I’ve been hooked. Crostini, charcuterie platter, cheese, fruit and wine and more. Give me all of this at a gathering or party and I am a very happy person.
Wine and cheese. They just go together.
There’s something about how the wine brings out the flavor in the cheese, like a good bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot does with a nice, big juicy steak. And when I attended my first fondue party at a local cheese shop here in Madison, they served a delicious bottle of Sauvignon Blanc with their swiss and gruyere fondue and it was heaven on earth. Heaven on earth I tell you.
It was just so delicious.
Since then, I always have to have some great tasting wine when I am nibbling on cheese. Or even a grilled cheese sandwich.
I mean, it is National Grilled Cheese Month after all!! Can I tell you how excited I am for this month and for today?! We are partnering with Gallo Family Vineyards today to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month.
We’re talking grilled cheese sandwiches baby! Paired with some of our favorite Gallo Wines! Who’s ready for today? And let me tell you friends, THIS grilled cheese was like THE BEST I have ever had. Ever.
Now, I have to give credit to this awesome “how to make a grilled cheese sandwich” post from The Kitchn. I used this as my guide. . and because I wanted to achieve that perfect, crisp, perfectly toasted, buttery grilled cheese toasted bread, I buttered my bread slices AND added a tablespoon of butter to my skillet.
Oh yes I did.
Here’s how it went down.
I started with my main ingredients. If you’ve never tried adding apple into your grilled cheese, you need to try this. It adds a wonderful slight sweetness and added texture. I loved this. And the apple slices must be thin so use a mandolin slicer to help you.
And when it comes to cheese and a grilled cheese sandwich, you must grate the cheese. It helps the cheese to melt faster and evenly.
Once you have everything prepped, you are ready to begin! Like I stated earlier, I wanted to achieve that perfectly toasted, buttery grilled cheese toasted bread, so I buttered my bread slices AND added a tablespoon of butter to my skillet.
Once the butter begins to melt, lay down one slice of buttered bread and top with the freshly grated cheese. Next, cover your pan! If you do this, your cheese will melt perfectly and you’ll also get the “outer crust perfection”. Read this for more.
“By covering the pan with a lid, you concentrate the heat and coerce the cheese into melting a little more quickly. The bread, in contact with the hot pan, toasts at the same rate.” Next, after the cheese is beginning to melt, add your prosciutto and apples and COVER again for a minute or two.
Next, butter one side of the second slice of bread and spread dijon mustard on the other side. Place the bread, dijon mustard side down onto the apples and flip your grilled cheese to begin toasting the other side. You do not need to cover the pan again since your cheese is already melting nicely. You can flip a couple more times if desired.
Your Apple, Prosciutto and Gruyere grilled cheese is ready to be sliced and devoured. Now, this grilled cheese could easily be eaten as is but I like to add a little more sweetness. . so I add a little fig jam, as I am eating the grilled cheese. . which goes very nicely with Gallo’s Sauvignon Blanc.
Gallo’s Sauvignon Blanc balances the fruit flavors of honeydew melon, citrus and ripe apple, providing a light and crisp finish. This Apple, Prosciutto and Gruyere grilled cheese paired with this Sauvignon Blanc was perfection. SO so good!! I really hope all you grilled cheese enthusiasts out there give this a try!
- 1 tablespoon butter for the skillet + more for spreading on your bread slices
- 4 slices bread, any kind (I used a multigrain bread)
- ½ cup freshly grated gruyere cheese; split
- 6-8 slices prosciutto
- ½ of any sweet, crunchy apple; such as Honeycrisp, Fuji, Gala or Jonagold, thinly sliced using a mandolin slicer
- Dijon mustard
- Serve with fresh berries, more apple slices, fig jam and Gallo's Sauvignon Blanc
- Butter one slice of bread on both sides and set aside. Using a cast iron skillet or non-stick skillet, heat one tablespoon of butter in your skillet over medium heat. Let the butter melt completely and then lay your slice of buttered bread into the skillet and top with a ¼ cup of the grated gruyere cheese. Cover the skillet with a lid and let the cheese melt until it's almost entirely melted, for about 2-3 minutes.
- Next, lift the lid and top the melted cheese with the prosciutto and apple slices and cover again with the lid for a minute or two. Butter one side of the second slice of bread and spread dijon mustard on the other side. Place the bread, dijon mustard side down onto the apples and flip your grilled cheese to begin toasting the other side. You do not need to cover the pan again since your cheese is already melting nicely. You can flip a couple more times if desired until you have nice, golden brown toasty bread on both sides.
- Repeat everything for your second grilled cheese sandwich. Serve with fresh berries, more apple slices, fig jam and Gallo's Sauvignon Blanc. Enjoy!
This week’s SundaySupper is a very special one. It’s National Grilled Cheese month and we are sharing some fabulous grilled cheese recipes and pairing these fabulous sandwiches with some of our favorite Gallo Family Wine.
So you must take a look at each fabulous recipe below and if you’re interested in grabbing a nice bottle of Gallo Family Vineyards wine, click here for their store locator. Gallo is quickly becoming one of my favorite wines. From the Cabernet Sauvignon, to the Hearty Burgundy to the Pinot Noir, Merlot, and of course the Sauvignon Blanc, I have tried a lot and love them all.
If you would like to try some of our Gallo Family Wine inspired Sunday Supper recipes, remember, click here to find a retailer close to you. You can also visit Gallo’s website or connect with them via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube.
There is nothing better than wine and cheese. Take a look at all the fantastic Grilled Cheese Creations below. Pin and save for later!
- Berry Chocolate Panini Sandwich with Wine Reduction Sauce by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Brie, Ham, and Blackberry Grilled Cheese by Healthy. Delicious.
- Cafe Zinfandel Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese by In The Kitchen With KP
- Caramelized Onion, Mushroom & Arugula Grilled Cheese by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- French Onion Grilled Cheese by Family Foodie
- Funky Monkey Grilled Cheese Sammie by The Messy Baker
- Greek Salad Grilled Cheese by Ruffles & Truffles
- Grilled Cheese & Bison Sandwiches by The Foodie Army Wife
- Grilled Goat Cheese w/ Tomatoes & Tarragon on Olive Bread by girlichef
- Grilled Mascarpone on Chocolate Cherry Bread with Blackberry Cabernet Compote by Desserts Required
- Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwich by Magnolia Days
- Honey Glazed Peach and Pork Tenderloin Grilled Cheese by Melanie Makes
- Kentucky Hot Brown Grilled Cheese by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Mediterranean Grilled Cheese by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Monte Cristo Grilled Cheese by The Dinner-Mom
- Mushroom Duxelles & Asparagus Grilled Cheese by Foxes Love Lemons
- Parmesan Crusted Baked Grilled Cheese by Alida’s Kitchen
- Roast Beef Horseradish Arugula Grilled Cheese by Shockingly Delicious
- Roasted Red Pepper, Feta, and Olive Grilled Cheese by Neighborfood
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