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Monday, April 14, 2014

Cooking with Banshee: French Onion Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese.  The name conjures up warm memories of childhood.  But, grilled cheese does not have to be just for the kiddies.  This French Onion Grilled Cheese puts a mature twist on a traditional favorite.  I originally discovered this recipe at TasteSpotting.com.  It appears here with a few Wild Banshee tweaks.

French Onion Grilled Cheese

Wine Braised Onions Ingredients:
4 large sweet onions, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
Tbs butter
Tbs olive oil
2 bay leaves
2 sprigs of fresh thyme
1/2 cup red wine
1/2 cup beef stock

Wine Braised Onions Directions:
Heat the butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the garlic.  Saute until the garlic gets fragrant.  Do not let the garlic brown.  Add the onions and toss to coat.  Add the bay leaves and sprigs of thyme.  Reduce the heat to medium-low.  Slowly caramelize the onions for approximately 40 minutes.  Add the wine and beef stock.  Continue cooking for an additional 10 minutes or until the liquid has mostly evaporated.  Remove from the heat and set aside.


Sandwich Ingredients:
Sliced French bread
Gruyere cheese, shredded (2 oz per sandwich)
Softened butter
Fresh thyme leaves (1/4 tsp per sandwich)
Salt
Pepper



Sandwich Directions:
Butter one side of each slice of bread.  Add the 1 oz of shredded Gruyere cheese to the unbuttered side of one slice of bread.  Pile on some wine braised onions.  Sprinkle on the thyme leaves.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Top with the remaining Gruyere cheese.  Close the sandwich with the second slice of bread.  Heat a skillet over medium heat.  Place the sandwich into the skillet and cook until each side is a golden brown.

Enjoy!


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