I won some cheese!!!!
Jennifer from Slim Shoppin' graciously sent me a coupon for a free pack of cheese from Sargento! She also sent a bunch of Lean Cuisine coupons which is perfect because I LOVE those and always try matching up sales with coupons! So go over to her blog and give her a high five for me!
This proved to be the perfect time for me to try some different flavors of cheese that I don't usually buy. Plus I've had this recipe for awhile and have been dying to make it!!
I read about these grilled cheese sandwiches from Kristen over at Holy Cannoli. I saw this red onion sauce and knew it would be a winner. It didn't disappoint!
I often make grilled cheese for the kids, we usually just use cheddar, colby jack or the dreaded american cheese. Pretty standard. I already had cheddar and gruyere in the frig so I took my coupon for free Sargento cheese and got me some muenster!
The caramelized red onion jam is incredible. I could seriously just eat it with a spoon. I already have ideas for how to use it again. Burgers, pork loin or quesadillas would be awesome with it.
Have you ever had an Arby's beef and cheddar? It has an onion bun, roast beef, cheddar and a sauce. The flavor of this grilled cheese totally reminded me of a beef and cheddar sandwich. Without the roast beef of course.
We didn't use any fancy bread, I just used my standard low calorie bread. Even with that, it still is a pretty high calorie sandwich. I paired with a very low calorie coleslaw and it was a delicious meal.
Grilled Cheese with Red Onion Jam
Adapted from Holy Cannoli
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 large red onion, sliced
3 tbsp. splenda
1 tsp. molasses (or use brown sugar instead of splenda/molasses)
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3 tbsp. water
4 slices muenster
4 slices gruyere
4 slices sharp cheddar
8 slices - Sara Lee wheat 45 calorie bread
Heat olive oil in pan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for about 10 - 15 minutes. Add the splenda, molasses, red wine vinegar and 3 tbsp. water and cook until the liquid is reduced completely and the onions are caramelized, about 10 more minutes. Set aside.
Butter the outside of each slice of bread and arrange, butter side down, on a plate or sheet pan to assemble. Place 2 pieces of cheese, then a heaping tablespoon of the onions and another slice of cheese. Cover it with another slice of bread, butter side up. I used I Can't Believe It's Not Butter to keep the calories low.
Heat large pan over medium. Put the sandwiches into the pan and cook until the bread is toasted and golden and cheese is melted, about 4 minutes on each side.
Total calories = 1590 calories
4 servings = 398 calories per sandwich
1 Grilled Cheese with Red Onion Jam + Apple Cole Slaw = 515 calorie dinner
Calories calculated from calorieking.com. Some numbers are approximate and rounded.