Adventures in Pinning Recipes – French Onion Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Over the past few years, my husband and I have been in a major food rut. we’ve been eating the same things over and over again until we can’t stand it but neither of us really had any ideas of new foods to try. Enter Pinterest. There are so many great-looking recipes on Pinterest that I thought that trying some might break us out of our rut and help us mix it up a bit.  So  I have been pinning any recipe I find that looks even remotely interesting and we have been experimenting – seeing which of these dishes we like enough to add to the rotation and which really aren’t to our taste.

For our first experiment, we tried this recipe for French Onion Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. Both Rob and I really like French Onion Soup and we get it all the time when we eat out but we have never really tried anything like this at home.

So what was the final results? Well, it was a bit mixed.

On one hand, it took a lot of time to caramelize all the onions. This means that we aren’t really likely to make this on a regular workday when we don’t have the prep time to devote to it.  Still that might be less of an issue if a) we can make a big batch over a weekend and then freeze containers to use as needed or b) if we could caramelize the onions in a slow cooker. Does anyone know if you can caramelize onions in a slow cooker? Not having a slow cooker myself, I haven’t been able to attempt the process yet but I might get one if it makes things like this easier.

Prep time aside though, these were AMAZING grilled cheese sandwiches. So while, I am not sure how often we want to take the time and effort to make them, I definitely wouldn’t mind eating them fairly often.

In the interest of full disclosure, we did make one substitution from the recipe, using mozzarella cheese instead of gruyere and if we make this again, we would probably use much less  oil / butter than they recommend to grill the sandwiches, but overall I would definitely recommend you try this recipe.

We are even considering a variation as an appetizer for parties and holidays where – instead of making individual sandwiches, we assemble it more like a french bread pizza –  with all the ingredients piled on a halved loaf of french bread and baked. Once the cheese has melted, pull out the loaf and slice it up like garlic bread. We haven’t tried it yet but if it came out the way I think it would, I am sure it would be a hit around here.

So what do you think guys? Do any of you have a recipe we should try? Got any good caramelizing onion tips to make the process easier? Should I get a slow cooker?  If so, leave a comment! I would love to hear from you!


About Ciarrai

Hi. My name is Kerry but here online I tend to go by the Gaelic version of my name, Ciarrai. I am a woman in my mid-30's who lives on Long Island, NY, with my husband, Rob, several guitars, a Nikon D40, more yarn, beads and books than I care to admit to and a cat who has a million nicknames and quite a few theme songs. I have a B.A. in Psychology and have recently returned to college to pursue a teaching degree so that I can eventually get a job as a High School English teacher. In addition to my major obsessions (Reading, Beading, Knitting, Music and Photography), I also enjoy playing Board Games, going to Renaissance Faires, Museums and Broadway Musicals.
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