Nothing beats a simple melted butter topping for that first slice of bread when it is fresh from the oven! After that fresh bread euphoria wears off though, it is time to get down to using the bread a little more creatively and I already had a few ideas for my load of (Grimbergen Dubbel) beer bread . I had come across the idea of a beer bread caramelized onion grilled cheese sandwich on Honest Fare a while ago and I immediately knew that it would be a winner. You really can't go wrong with combining sweet, slowly caramelized onions with melted cheese and wrapping it all up in light, crispy and buttery bread. If that bread just happens to be a beer bread then that grilled cheese sandwich is just over the top good! This sandwiches flavours are rounded off with a hit of Worcestershire sauce that is added to the onions and some mustard for a bit of tang. I did change one thing and that was to use a yeast based beer bread rather than a quick bread as I figured that it would hold together better when used in a sandwich. All of the flavours in this sandwich certainly work well together and the final result is one tasty sandwich! My dilemma now is, do I enjoy a few more of these sandwiches or try some new ones?
Beer Bread Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 large onion (thinly sliced)
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (a vegetarian one for vegetarian)
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme (chopped)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 teaspoons grainy mustard
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese (grated)
- 2 slices beer bread
- 1 tablespoon butter (room temperature)
- Heat the oil in a pan over medium high heat.
- Add the onions and saute until the onions are tender, about 5-7 minutes.
- Reduce the heat to medium, add the water and cook until the onions caramelize and turn golden brown, about 20-30 minutes. Make sure to stir continuously to ensure that the onions do not burn.
- Mix in the Worcestershire sauce, thyme, season with salt and pepper and remove from heat.
- Assemble sandwich and grill over medium-low heat until the cheese has melted and the sandwich turns golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side.