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Sharp Cheddar Apple Melt

April 2, 2010

~ Mary ~

This came from my cyber foodie friend Robin over at Vegetable Matter.  Obviously she’s a vegetarian – John and I are NOT – even more so John!  When I saw this sandwich the morning she posted it I just HAD to have it!  Funny how Kuma’s had been on my mind for about two weeks – big juicy burger on a pretzel bun – I had even Tweeted about wanting one.  Then in an instant this sandwich took over EVERYTHING!  I pulled out the bread machine from its cave and threw in a batch of Kev’s Pumpernickel, sped off to work and on the way home grabbed a hunk of Sharp Cheddar, some Pacific Rose apples and a bunch of Dandelion leaves (arugula wasn’t available).  

Kev's Bread Machine Pumpernickel


I thought I would just make an appetizer, but we kept eating, and eating, and eating these until it was all gone.  This was John’s very FIRST vegetarian meal and I have Robin to thank!

The apples are sauted in butter and sugar then the bread goes in the pan right after that with some cinnamon and nutmeg and sops up all that deliciousness – can you just close your eyes and imagine that! These would also make a stellar appetizer served open faced with the apples sliced.

For some reason this recipe also reminded me of Patty always eating slices of sharp cheddar with her apple pie – growing up I always thought that was the darndest thing.

The recipe – if you want it – is just a click away at  Vegetable Matter!

one year ago: Jelly Bean Cookies, Tiramisu Cake 


Caramelized Apple Melt with Aged Cheddar

makes 2 sandwiches


1 medium red delicious apple
6 Tbs unsalted butter
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp nutmeg
6 thick slices extra sharp white cheddar
8 big arugula leaves
4 slices pumpernickel bread


Peel and dice apples into 1/2″ cubes.

Melt butter in large skillet over medium.

Add sugar and stir until sugar begins to melt, about 1 minute.

Add apples and saute until brown and tender, and juices form, about 10 minutes.

Remove from pan with a slotted spoon, leaving juices in the pan.

Add cinnamon and nutmeg to juices in pan and mix well.

Return pan to medium heat, then add bread slices. Brown well, then flip and repeat.

While second side of bread is toasting in pan, place cheddar slices on two of the bread slices so the cheese will melt.

When bread is browned, removed from pan. Add caramelized apples and arugula (3-4 per sandwich depending on how strong your arugula is), and assemble sandwiches. Eat while still warm.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. Wanda permalink
    April 2, 2010 12:40 pm

    OK I will have to try this…..We always ate cheese on our apple pie too…my mom used to say apple pie without the cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze….cheesy i know but it stuck with me all years…

  2. pat permalink
    April 2, 2010 8:27 pm

    Cheese and apples have always gone together.
    Apple pie with sharp cheddar.
    Golden Delicious slices with swiss.
    Yesterday I had Braeburn slices with Edam.
    Our tree produces abundant Haralsons which I love with Havardi.
    What about a Granny Smith with some Brie?
    All of it sounds SO GOOD! – Pat

  3. April 5, 2010 8:16 am

    I do remember the sandwich from Vegetable Matter. I so agree with you that it is must-have sandwich.

  4. Vegetable Matter permalink
    April 5, 2010 10:26 am

    I am so proud to have turned John into a vegetarian, even if it was just for one meal. You took our sandwich up a notch with the homemade bread — now we’ve got to try that! Yet another beautiful and inspiring post.

  5. April 6, 2010 10:08 pm

    That is a good looking Sandwich, must be very yummy.

  6. April 7, 2010 2:26 am

    This looks interesting. I wonder what my 6 year old will think of it. She has recently become the queen of sandwiches!

  7. April 7, 2010 9:30 am

    Too weird! I made grilled apple and cheese sandwiches for dinner last night (smoked Gouda, mozzarella and thin-sliced granny smith apples), along with a scratch ginger-basil tomato soup.

  8. April 7, 2010 11:29 am

    People still look at me crazy because I love cheddar cheese with my apples…it’s only natural! 🙂 Looks fantastic!

  9. April 8, 2010 2:26 am

    Ohh, that looks soo good. I’m sitting here, waiting to have breakfast soon, I’m very hungry and I can tell you that this did not make it easier!

  10. April 8, 2010 2:20 pm

    Yum! I knew that apples and cheddar went well together (love it as a snack or for breakfast) but as a sandwich? I’ll have to give this a try 😀

  11. April 10, 2010 5:15 pm

    ooh ive never tried apple and melted cheese before. looks simple enough to make – shall have to try this mixture of flavors!

  12. April 12, 2010 6:12 am

    I LOVE apple and cheddar together! And with the beautiful rye.. yum yum!!

  13. April 13, 2010 9:23 am

    Very nice, the caramelized apples with the sharp cheddar make an awesome combo.

  14. April 25, 2010 7:44 pm

    Mmm heavenly!

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