Best Bites: Gourmet 3-cheese grilled cheese

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This gourmet grilled cheese stuffed with gruyere, herbs and sautéed onions is almost too good to be true! Check out the recipe on this episode of Best Bites!

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices good quality bread I used thick cut Artisan bread
  • Mayonnaise for spreading
  • 12 oz Gruyere cheese sliced thinly OR grated, at room temperature
  • 6 oz White cheddar cheese sliced thinly OR grated, at room temperature
  • 4 slices thin Muenster cheese at room temperature
  • 2 yellow onions diced
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme minced
  • 2 tsp fresh rosemary minced, divided
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp butter divided

Instructions:

  1. Add 1 1/2 Tbsp butter to a skillet and heat over MED-LOW heat. Add diced onions, salt, pepper, fresh thyme and 1 tsp of fresh rosemary to the hot skillet and saute, stirring often, until onions are soft and starting to brown.
  2. Stir brown sugar into the onions and cook another minute.
  3. Transfer onions to a plate.
  4. Spread one side of two pieces of bread with a little bit of mayonnaise.
  5. To the same skillet, add remaining butter and rosemary, and heat over MED heat. Swirl to coat the bottom of the skillet with the melted butter.
  6. Add both pieces of bread, mayonnaise side down, and cook until bread is golden brown and crunchy, about 2-3 minutes.
  7. As soon as you add the bread to the skillet, add a bit of cheese to the top of each piece of bread. Once it starts to melt a little, sprinkle a couple tablespoons of the caramelized onions over the top of one of the pieces of bread.
  8. When the bread is good and golden brown, sandwich the pieces of bread together and cook on LOW until cheese is fully melted.
  9. Transfer to a plate, repeat with remaining slices of bread and ingredients.
  10. Slice and enjoy!

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  • 1 1/8 cup Cake flour
  • 1 1/8 cup Sugar
  • ½ tsp Salt
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  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla extract

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  • ¾ cup Dark corn syrup
  • ¾ cup Light corn syrup
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  • 1 ¼ cup Heavy cream
  • 9 Egg yolks
  • ¾ cup + 2 Tbsp – Sugar
  • 2 Vanilla beans
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 cup Crème fraiche

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1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

2. To make the pecan pie filling, heat sugar, light and dark syrups, and vanilla to simmer. Remove from heat and add bourbon. Whisk the hot sugar mix into eggs while whisking. Add butter and salt.

3. To make the brown butter almond cake, mix all dry ingredients in a mixer with paddle attachment. Add in room temperature butter and continue to mix in slow speed. Then add egg whites and vanilla and mix until well incorporated.

4. Place cake batter in piping bag and pipe ½ inch thick in 1 8-inch pie dish or a 3” ramekin in diameter.

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2. Have a hand blender on hand and ready, once milk mix comes to a raging boil, place handheld blender into the yolks mix and buzz milk mix into yolks. Strain using a chinois and add crème fraiche. Let cool before topping on pastry.

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• (¼) cup balsamic vinegar
• (1) Tsp Thyme, chopped
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