Friday, February 3, 2012
Grilled Cheese with Roast Beef and Sweet Red Caramelized Onions ~ Sandwich Love.
I'm all about the food porn now a days. Sorry...I can't help it. Seriously, I started caramelizing onions today...just because?? No reason.
I guess I figured some inspiration would emerge from the sound of the onions soaking and sizzling in hot, bubbling butter....
Some inspiration would emerge from the aroma of the onions rendering down in their sweet earthy goodness....
Well, this Grilled Cheese Sandwich is what resulted. After its photo shoot...
I walked it upstairs to my husband's office and handed it to him while on a business call. (I'm really good at distracting my husband...)
A few minutes later he yelled down to me, "That was crazy delicious...but are you trying to make me fat?!"
I yelled back, "No. I'm just saving myself from getting fat! Love you!"
Then I made the kids and myself a scaled down version of this, "beautiful beast"...the classic grilled cheese sandwich with American cheese...always and forever my favorite. xoxo :)
Grilled Cheese with Roast Beef and Sweet Red Caramelized Onions
Slice a red onion into 1/4 inch rings.
Add 1-2 tablespoons of butter to a pan over medium heat. Caramelize your onions until soft, fragrant and beginning to char, about 10-15 minutes.
Once the onions are finished, turn off the heat and move them to one side of the pan. Add about a 1/4 lb of roast beef slices to the other side - just to warm them up a bit.
Liberally butter both pieces of a nice hearty bread. (Oat nut shown here.)
Heat a separate pan over medium heat, and place one slice of bread buttered side down.
Immediately add 2-3 slices of cheese. (Shown here a combination of Provolone and American.)
Top with warmed Roast Beef, desired amount of caramelized red onion (about 1/4 cup) and another 3 slices of cheese.
Place the other piece of bread on top (butter side up).
After about 4 minutes - check the bottom piece of bread by lifting the corner with a spatula. If browned to your liking, carefully flip and grill the other side, about 4-5 minutes. (You may want to cover the pan to help promote cheese melting.)
Eat immediately OR you can keep it warm in a 200 degree oven for a few minutes until ready to eat or serve.