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Mushroom Grilled Cheese Sandwich (aka The Mushroom Melt)

Mushroom Grilled Cheese Sandwich (aka The Mushroom Melt)
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Mushrooms are one of my absolute favourite foods and it was long past time that I gave them the grilled cheese treatment! My mild obsession with grilled cheese sandwiches has had me dreaming about a mushroom grilled cheese for a long time and it was finally time to realize it. I wanted to keep things relatively simple without compromising in flavour so I stared out by sauteing some onions and mushrooms slowly until they turned golden brown and caramelized bringing out all of their tastiness. Next I deglazed the pan with a splash of white wine to make sure that none of the flavour that had built up in those brown bits that stick to the bottom of the pan went to waste. If you are a fan of truffles then this is where you can indulge a bit and add some truffle oil to the mushrooms to make this sandwich even more decadent! I mixed the cheese right into the still warm mushrooms to give it a head start on melting, thus ensuring that all of the cheese in the sandwich would be melted by the time that the sandwich was grilled to perfection!

The net result was one of the messiest grilled cheese sandwiches that I have ever made but it was also so unbelievably good! I went with a combination of fontina and gruyere for the cheese as they both melt well and boy did they ever melt well! The cheese was literally pouring out of the mushroom melt, carrying with it a stream of mushrooms! Perhaps the best part was that some of that melted cheeses squeezed out while cooking and caramelized around the edges of the bread as it cooked! I see myself enjoying a lot of these mushroom grilled cheese sandwiches in the future!

Mushroom Grilled Cheese Sandwich (aka The Mushroom Melt)

Mushroom Grilled Cheese Sandwich (aka The Mushroom Melt)

Sauteed mushrooms and onions all covered in ooey gooey melted cheese in a grilled cheese sandwich. Buttery, toasty, and cheesy mushroom perfection!


Servings: makes 2 sandwiches

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Printable Recipe
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
  • 1/4 cup white wine or broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon truffle oil (optional)
  • 1 cup fontina or gruyere, shredded
  • 1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano, grated
  • 4 slices bread
  • 2 tablespoon butter
Directions
  1. Melt the butter and heat the oil in a pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and thyme and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
  4. Add the cremini mushrooms and saute until the start to caramelized and turn golden brown, about 10-15 minutes.
  5. Add the wine, deglaze the pan and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 2-3 minutes.
  6. Season with salt and pepper, add the parsley and remove from heat and let cool a bit.
  7. Mix the cheese into the mushrooms.
  8. Butter one side of each slice of bread and place 2 in the pan buttered side down.
  9. Top each with 1/2 of the mushroom mixture and finally the remaining slices of bread with the buttered side up.
  10. Grill until the cheese has melted and the bread is golden brown, about 2-4 minutes per side.

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75 comments:

jrhod711 said...

Holy Smoke! This looks AMAZING!!!!!!

warmvanillasugar said...

This is seriously brilliant. Love it!

Bev Weidner (Bev Cooks) said...

My face just slid off my head in a river of drool. OMG.

Anonymous said...

Looks great! Just watched a rerun of Chuck's Day Off on Cooking Channel where he did this with a mornay sauce made with gruyere. Eve more over the top!

Melody said...

Cruel to be posting this (or at least me reading this) at 8:00 p.m. when I haven't had dinner, when I HAVE to sit here while a file downloads to make sure it doesn't mess up, and I have to continue working on said file for another hour, and I see this come through on Facebook, and man o man is my tummy growling now.

Just plain cruel.

And then my security word includes the word "chips." You are dastardly.

Yadsia @ShopCookMake said...

I have never said with so much certainty that 'I will make this sandwich'. Yum!

Kevin said...

Anonymous: I was also thinking that a mushroom croque monsieur would be killer!

Girlie Blogger said...

Mushrooms are one of my favorites too.
http://www.thegirlieblog.com

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That grilled sandwich is just out-of-this-world! What a piece of art.

Cheers,

Rosa

Joanne said...

I'm so excited that I have some gruyere in the fridge! All that melty cheese...this is my ideal dinner!

The Saucy Gourmet said...

there is now drool on my keyboard thanks to you. This sandwich looks so yummy, I can't wait to try it.

bellini said...

All that cheesy, earthy goodness has to be enjoyed Kevin.

Jennifer and Jaclyn @ sketch-free vegan said...

holy toledo!! This looks awesome! Mushroom lovers rejoice!

Emilia said...

This looks absolutely amazing! I adore mushrooms and grilled cheese, I must try it soon :)

almostveg said...

It really looks ooey gooey delicious. Co-incidentally I made a mushroom, corn and cheese melt for my daughters lunch today. Added Trader Joes Lemon pepper while sauteeing the veg.. was great

Honey said...

that looks heavenly. i love mushrooms and cheese in a grilled cheese. the white wine idea was smart. :-)

Jennifurla said...

dear lord....droool

The Americaine said...

Ummm...yes PLEASE! This looks incredible. And anything with truffle oil just tastes decadent and amazing. What a great way to class up a grilled cheese! And I love the awesome bread you use, too.

rancholyn said...

I am totally speechless. I can't wait to try this...you truly are AMAZING!!!

We Are Not Martha said...

This is beautiful!! And could probably turn anyone into a mushroom lover :)

Sues

Simplylovefood said...

This looks amazing! I want one now!

baobabs said...

this looks amazing, plenty of cheese, LOVE it!!

Jeanne @ CookSister! said...

KEVIN!! What right do you have to make me sit here at my desk positively WEEPING with desire for this sandwich?!? ;o)) I don't think a sandwich has ever looked sexier. *Swoon*

Unknown said...

What do you do with the broth? Am I missing something?

Chocolate Shavings said...

Hi Kevin - love the addition of mushrooms to a gooey grilled cheese - delicious!

Kathleen Richardson said...

Guess what I had for supper last night... Mushroom Grilled Cheese Sandwich! So yummy. Mine didn't turn out as bulky and runny as yours, probably because I used a bit less cheese and bigger slices of bread.

Kevin said...

Unknown: If you prefer to not use wine then you can use some broth as a replacement. Chicken, beef or vegetable will work. When you caramelize the mushrooms, there will be a lot of brown bits stuck to the bottom of then pan that are full of flavour. Adding the wine or broth will help get them off the bottom of the pan and back onto the mushrooms.

Maya said...

OMG this is unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!

Rebecca said...

I need one of these pronto. I feel it will be made this weekend!

JavelinWarrior said...

This post is absolutely fetish-worthy and I've been inspired to include it in my Friday Food Fetish blog. If you have any objections, please let me know

betty said...

:O simply delicious, the melting cheese makes my mouth water

Nancy said...

Made this for lunch today with a cup of roasted red pepper soup. Very good..thanks!

Kenz said...

I just fell in love

shannon said...

this looks incredible! we will without a doubt be making this over the holidays on "comfort food" night. LOVE this.

ChefThomas said...

This looks more like a long distance assassination attempt. Brilliant sandwich …..

Josh Mandel said...

I'm confused! In Step 9, the recipe says that 1/4 of the mushroom mixture goes on each of *two* slices of bread, and you then put the other slices on top. So does this make FOUR sandwiches? If you only put 1/4 of the mushroom mixture on top of two slices of bread, and you make those into two sandwiches, you'll still have half the sandwich filling left.

Kevin said...

Josh Mandel: Good catch, that should have been half.

Kat said...

This looks crazy good!

Jo-Lyn's Cup Cakes N' Candies said...

ohmygosh! i think i just died and went to grilled cheese heaven! that looks delicious!

Pismomormor said...

What kind of bread do you use? Obviously, standard white bread would be a travesty! It looks like some kind of rustic, whole-grain bread. I think thick slices would also be a requirement, right?

Kevin said...

Pismomormor: I generally use a nice multi-grain bread in this sandwich and larger slices would hold together better.

onionchoco said...

OMG! I know, I know... I should stop licking the screen :))

angelitacarmelita said...

omgosh... I am catching up on your posts and this one? seriously? now your just showing off. I would roll in this for real... I cannot wait to make this!

turtlekrawl3@yahoo.com said...

my friend made this today and it looks YUMMY!!!!

Kathy said...

Thanks for such a great recipe. I made this. I did use Marsala Wine to deglaze and garlic spread to butter the bread. I give it 5 Stars!!

Kirstin said...

I am making one of these right now...can't wait to bite into it. I did add some spinach too because it sounded really yummy to me (C:

Kevin said...

Kirstin: The spinach and mushroom combo is a good one!

Jackie Cooks said...

Wonderful, wonderful. Need to have them asap!

Gio D. said...

Just made it... Fontina is much softer a maybe too gooey? The griuyere is better texturally. Use truffle salt and plenty of thyme.. The wine is key, as the sautee evaporates... Had mine with a Sylvaner .. Yummy dinner

JB said...

Tasted as good as it looked in the picture! Great recipe, thanks!

Linda R said...

Oh my gosh.. I saw this on pinterest and had to come get the recipe. It looks so darn good. I cant wait to try it..

Anonymous said...

Made this this past weekend. I am a mushroom fanatic and can't believe I hadn't thought of this before. Awesome!!

Anonymous said...

I cooked this tonight. It was absolutely amazing. Totally brilliant. I'm definitely going to make this again.

Anonymous said...

I have to wipe the drool from my mouth. Man does that look good.

Anonymous said...

hi kevin,
did you grill the sandwich in the pan or on the griller?

Anonymous said...

hi kevin,
did you grill the sandwich in the pan or on the griller?

Kevin said...

Anonymous: I grilled the sandwich in a non-stick pan.

{northern cottage} said...

wow - looks fantastic!!!!! i love me some mushrooms & never thought of this...great idea! I’m a pinner pro for BHG & have just pinned this as a new fav find – check it out here – http://pinterest.com/pin/56787645272528441/
Happy fall to you!!
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Anonymous said...

Hi Kevin, when do we throw in the parsley?

Kevin said...

Anonymous: Good catch! The parsley is added just before removing the mushrooms from the heat. I have updated the recipe.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much, and thanks for the quick response! Keep creating more and more ideas! You're great!

Anonymous said...

Hahaaaa! My thoughts exactly!

Anonymous said...

yum

Anonymous said...

How strong is the cheese when melted? I'm afraid it's going to taste like plain yogurt

Kevin said...

Anonymous: This is one flavour packed sandwich! The milder fontina is just there to provide a nice melty cheese, which all grilled cheese sandwiches need, and the parmesan adds the flavour. You could replace some or all of the fontina with mozzarella and/or gruyere or more parmesan if you want a different or stronger cheese flavour profile.

Anonymous said...

I've made this a hand full of times for my husband and myself, and it is delicious! Definitely recommend for fall/winter!

Deukap said...

This sandwich looks so woooooow! I was thinking about my dinner tonight and as I am a huge mushroom lover and an even more cheese love this will be my eveneing-joy!

Speechless Mary said...

Tasty but poorly written recipe. Even if you follow the minimum times specified and add the time to reduce the liquid (not specified) this takes more than an hour to make.
I doubled the amount of garlic and thyme to boost the flavor.
Direction corrections:
#4 Either increase time to at least 20 minutes or increase heat to medium-high for 10 minutes.
#5 Reduce liquid for 7-10 minutes or until most liquid is absorbed.

Anonymous said...

Mmmmm I made this last night. For me, without the white wine and truffle oil and I added spinach in when I added the mushrooms. OMG!!! Best sandwich ever!!!!

MrsDiGiacomo said...

Oh boy, this is delicious. My husband hates mushrooms (more for me!), but I just make this with more onions and some peppers (peppers go in with the onions) instead of the mushrooms. He loved it! This is now one of our go-to date night snacks now. I must have made it over a dozen times in the last month (sometimes even without cheese, still delicious and a bit lighter).

Just bought your Melty Grilled Cheese ebook. I'm sure it won't disappoint.

Thank you!

Kate JusKate said...

This sounds mahhhvelous! I make a similar sammy using portabello and provolone..SNORT!

Tami (Pixeltrash) said...

This was soooo good. I made mine with goat cheese though. Everyone else had the Swiss on their sandwich. I then put some shredded parm on the griddle and put the hot sandwich on top of it. It got all crispy smelled heavenly. Thanks for the idea. I would never have added the thyme and it was really good. Oh and I used white mushrooms because that's what I had and they were great. I can only imagine that the cremini will make it even better!

Anonymous said...

I came across this recipe while searching for 'mushroom and cheese' recipes. Spent some time making it up and wife kept asking from the other room 'what are you making? what are you making?' it smelled that good! Thanks for the recipe, enjoyed this big time! :)

Peter @Feed Your Soul Too said...

Kevin, I love mushrooms and how you put this sandwich together. I featured this on my Friday Five - Americana series addition featuring grilled cheese sandwiches - http://www.feedyoursoul2.com/2014/02/friday-five-americana-series-addition-1.html

Caroline @ Shrinking Single said...

Looks fabulous. Mushrooms are some of my most favourite foods along with lovely melty cheese.

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