Earlier this week I showed you how to make my lovely Rosemary Butter. Today I’m going to show you one of my favorite ways to use it.
This fancy version of the classic grilled cheese sandwich combines a few of my favorite things.
1. Fresh baked bread. I typically buy a loaf of fresh baked Italian and ask the folks at the bakery to slice it for me. (Their fancy machine makes perfectly uniform slices).
2. Brie. This is my favorite variety. It is mild and creamy without the earthiness of a more traditional brie.
3. Apples, preferably Honeycrisp. Honeycrisp apples are decadently sweet and delicious. Unfortunately, they are also pricey (especially the organic variety). I splurge on them in the fall, but lately I’ve been buying these cute little organic Gala apples.
They are not nearly as sweet and delicious as Honeycrisp, but they’re an acceptable substitute when I don’t want to spend an eye-watering fifteen dollars on a bag of organic Honeycrisps.
By the way, apples are one of those items that I always buy organic. According to Environmental Working Group’s recently released 2015 Dirty Dozen Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, apples are number one on the list of “produce with the highest pesticide loads.” Ninety-nine percent of all conventional apples tested by EWG tested positive for pesticide residue. Yuckity-yuck.
Last but certainly not least;
4. Rosemary Butter. Need I say more?
These fancy little sandwiches are easy to make on a day when you need a yummy and quick meal to throw at your family. Here’s how:
Grab a slice of bread and generously smear it with rosemary butter. (You are coating the outside of the sandwich with butter for grilling.)
Now cut a generous slice of brie.
Turn over your bread slice and plop that brie deliciousness on top.
Now thinly slice your apple.
And stack those pretty little apple slices on top of the brie.
Now butter one side of your other slice of bread and plop it on top.
Now grab your grill pan.
You could also do this in a skillet but the grill pan makes those pretty little grill marks.
Grill your sandwiches until the bread turns golden and toasty and the brie is melty and warm.
These are thoroughly decadent little grilled cheese sandwiches. Yum yum.
1 loaf of fresh baked Italian bread, sliced
Honeycrisp or Gala apples