Adult Grilled Cheese

This past weekend brought much-welcomed cooler temperatures and bright blue skies to Chicago, perfect for outdoor grilling and watching football. However, much to my chagrin, I was unable to fully enjoy the chilled air as I remained cooped up inside my apartment still nursing my sprained ankle.

In strong need for some cheering up, I managed to indulge in a long overdue craving for an “adult grilled cheese” sandwich made with two slices of homemade whole wheat bread slathered with caramelized onions and piled with shredded Gruyere cheese. I got the idea from watching a guy named Jeff Mauro, who hosts a cooking show called Sandwich King. His version was made on sourdough bread.

58 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 08:39:26

    So sorry to hear about your sprained ankle and hope it’s better. I’m sure this gooey and delicious looking grilled cheese sandwich helped make things all better…at least while you were eating it!

  2. Suzi
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 08:49:35

    I am going for this tasty looking Adult Grilled Cheese. Looks fantastic and especially with the carmelized onions.

  3. Skylor (@SproutLifestyle)
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 08:53:19

    This sounds so good! My dearest friend has a broken ankle and has been drinking lots of beef broth to help it heal. Now this is not for you right now, my vegan cleansing friend, but if you are still in recovery when you are done cleansing, it may be a perfect partner to this cheesy sandwich goodness!

  4. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 09:00:25

    Now that’s a grilled cheese! It’s so awesome to be seeing recipes like this show up again!! The best part of fall, I think!! Excellent!! xx

  5. rondamkisner
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 09:13:58

    That does look might tasty!

  6. saffronandhoney
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 09:52:10

    This looks wonderful and perfectly crisp for the crisp weather!

  7. Alex
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 10:02:08

    Never did it with onions: nice! I love grilled cheese so much! Hope you’re feeling better.

  8. Alison
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 10:47:41

    I hope your ankle heals soon. Great sandwich!

  9. Karista
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 10:49:08

    Oh I love a good grilled cheese and with caramelized onions, that just takes it to a new level! Yum. Ok, I think I might make this for lunch. πŸ™‚ Hope your ankle is better soon!

  10. Inger Wilkerson
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 11:35:49

    This sounds like great comfort food–and for a reasonable amount of work (unlike Croque Monsieur, the ultimate comfort grilled cheese). Hope your ankle feels better soon.

  11. Mary
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 12:47:20

    do hope you’re on the mend – I’m sure that delicious grilled cheese helped! SO scrumptious πŸ™‚
    Mary x

  12. lexiesnana
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 14:42:09

    I love The Sandwich King and now I want to make that grilled cheese!

  13. Choc Chip Uru
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 14:56:28

    I hope your ankle feels better soon my dear friend – meanwhile keep on eating this gorgeous sandwich πŸ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru

  14. Louanne Bertrand
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 14:57:30

    Sorry about the sprained ankle – ouch! Your sandwich looks delicious – I love gruyere!

  15. Baking is my Zen
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 15:26:27

    three words….LIFE IS GOOD! πŸ˜€

  16. Norma Chang
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 16:06:39

    Sorry to learn you are still nursing your ankle, hope it mends soon. That’s my kind of grill cheese sandwich, glad it cheered you.

  17. Louise
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 17:04:30

    You are a better patient than I Yummy. Not only would I be craving an Adult Grilled Cheese, I’d need an “adult” drink to go right along with it!!!

    I do hope that ankle mends quickly. Did you get it checked?

  18. Cher
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 18:37:13

    Wow – that ankle really took you out of commission.
    Grilled cheese is one of my favorite cure-all-woes foods. Looks good!

  19. Anne@FromMySweetHeart
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 20:26:02

    I love Jeff Mauro and this grilled cheese looks just fantastic! Perfect for what ails you. And I hope your ankle is soon on the mend! : )

  20. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 20:51:42

    oh this grill cheese is without a doubt an amazing creation! Love it

  21. greyhousejournal
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 21:50:22

    Hope your ankle gets better quickly! Still to hot for anything hot, but this is going on my “to make” list once it’s cooler. Really like the idea of using sour dough bread!

  22. Balvinder
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 22:53:54

    I don’t mind eating this gluten bread for that grilled cheese.

  23. hotlyspiced
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 23:15:30

    That would have to be the best looking grilled sandwich I’ve ever seen. So delicious and I do hope your ankle quickly recovers – nothing worse than being limited with what you can do xx

  24. Tandy
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 00:28:48

    We have watched the Sandwich King here – he really has some great ideas, and your version looks perfect!

  25. Food,Photography & France
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 01:15:12

    There’s a wonderful Italian recipe called Mozarella en Carozza which is good version of your cheese sandwich. Check out Nigella’s version –

  26. kitchen therapy
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 05:08:37

    Absolutely awesome!!!

  27. Bam's Kitchen
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 05:27:59

    Wishing you and your ankle a quick recovery. Loving the grilled cheese with caramelized onions. Now that is an adult grilled cheese!

  28. Kayte
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 07:33:05

    Oh, I am sorry about your ankle…I hope that straightens out very soon. This sandwich looks downright sinful and decadent and I am so going to go there! Thanks. Sandwich King has some great ideas, doesn’t he?

  29. spicegirlfla
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 09:43:26

    Oooh, I know about sprained ankles! While you can enjoy a bit of rest, sometimes enough is enough! Love this grilled sandwich and mostly because it has all I love – the caramelized onions!! Yum!!

  30. flecksofgreen
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 13:37:19

    Okay, this might be TMI but I think I’m drooling over that sandwich! It looks so good!

  31. Miriam
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 14:23:10

    Awesome grilled cheese! Recover soon!!!
    Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  32. Katerina
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 14:45:34

    I wish I had it at my work! Looks totally mouthwatering!

  33. Cakelaw
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 17:13:30

    ooooh, this looks pretty good to me – cheese and onions are a winner. Hope the ankle heals soon!

  34. Healthy cooking Blog
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 21:09:38

    Very nice color and texture. Love it.

  35. Amanda
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 21:21:31

    This sounds and looks so, so good!

  36. eatinglikeahorse
    Sep 13, 2012 @ 00:30:13

    Hope your ankle’s recovered now and you get to enjoy the better weather, it’s so frustrating being stuck inside.
    I used to love toasted cheese sandwiches in my pre-coeliac days and this one looks perfect – the bread looks the best!

  37. Zeeona @ Basil and Strawberry
    Sep 13, 2012 @ 00:33:26

    I wanted to make grilled cheese sandwich sometime soon, I will do this one, sounds so yummy with the onions!

  38. Sharon | Chinese Soup Pot
    Sep 13, 2012 @ 01:18:08

    Hmm…Gruyere cheese and caramelized onions! This surely is the kind of grilled cheese sandwich I would eat to satisfy a craving!

  39. Meenakshi
    Sep 13, 2012 @ 04:56:23

    Hey hope that gorgeous grilled cheese makes you feel better! Anything with caramelized onions is awesome. They’re even great on top of plain white rice!! Get well soon.

  40. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Sep 13, 2012 @ 06:08:20

    I love making more “gourmet” or “Adult” grilled cheese sandwiches. It’s such a wonderful comfort food!

  41. The Squishy Monster
    Sep 13, 2012 @ 12:04:20

    oh man, I can just hear the crunch of that bread and feel the goo of that cheese!!

  42. tracy
    Sep 13, 2012 @ 13:52:05

    That looks so delicious. If I was not out of cheese in my kitchen I would make one of these right now.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  43. Beth
    Sep 13, 2012 @ 19:13:03

    Gruyere would make this sandwich fantastic. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

  44. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 00:19:25

    Aww hope you’re getting better now! I loveeee the looks of this sandwich. πŸ˜€ Adult or not, I will be gulping it down. πŸ˜‰

  45. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 06:22:26

    I find caramelized onions to add so much to a tart or sandwich. This one sounds wonderfully comforting and yummy, perfect for your ankle recovery!

  46. Parsley Sage
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 07:22:27

    Poop dog to the sprained ankle, but hey! It led to an AWESOME grilled cheese. oh yea. that looks suuuuuper yummmy. I wanna rock it with some BACON πŸ™‚

  47. sookbunton
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 15:11:57

    Grilled cheese is always a great option for me whenever I don’t feel like cooking something fancy. πŸ™‚

    Sep 15, 2012 @ 06:26:11

    Your grilled cheese looks very grown up…and so delicious! Gruyere cheese is one of my favorites!! Feel better soon…I hate being cooped up when the weather is beautiful!!

  49. Liz
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 08:41:02

    Hey, I thought you didn’t do onions? Or is it raw onions? Or am I totally off my rocker. Nonetheless, this looks like one fantastic grilled cheese. Hope the ankle is feeling better soon~

  50. vianney
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 21:48:50

    hope your ankle heals soon~ what a tasty treat!!

  51. Baker Street (@bakerstreet29)
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 01:58:25

    I hope your ankle heals soon! I love caramelized onions and cheese. πŸ™‚

  52. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 12:06:09

    My daughter loves grilled cheese and I make at least twice a week. I usually use panini maker to make them, so it’s faster. I’m TOTALLY making this one. I love Gruyere cheese and I know it goes well with caramelized onions!

  53. Ameena
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 22:17:48

    So sorry about the sprained ankle…I hope it’s recovering nicely! Love that you have a fabulous grilled cheese to help with the process. πŸ™‚

  54. My Daily Bread Body and Soul ... Pray Cook Blog
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 09:00:44

    I hope your ankle is feeling better by now, as I am late drooling over this adult version of grilled cheese. I am making it soon! Thanks for sharing and take care, Catherine

  55. Andrea
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 16:02:47


  56. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)
    Sep 19, 2012 @ 06:51:16

    You really can’t go wrong with caramelized onions and gooey cheese! This looks like my kind of sandwich!

  57. sheof108names
    Oct 01, 2012 @ 01:47:08

    Oh yeah!

  58. All You Do Is Eat
    Oct 04, 2012 @ 18:11:39

    Mm-mmm this looks so good! Adult Grilled Cheese – love it!!

%d bloggers like this: