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Corned Beef Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Guinness Caramelized Onions

Corned Beef Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Guinness Caramelized Onions

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When I made the Guinness caramelized onions for the onion cheddar quiche I could not help but snack on a few of them before adding them to the quiche and I was immediately entranced by them! While I was slowly caramelizing the onions, images were flying through my head with all of the different ways that I could use them and I wanted to try them all! I was finding it difficult to decide exactly which dish to make when I had the idea of using them in a grilled cheese sandwich and I was sold! I was thinking that a corned beef grilled cheese sandwich would be perfect for St Patrick's Day and stuffing it with drunken caramelized onions would be a treat indeed! Given the use of the corned beef in this sandwich I was reminded another favourite, the reuben sandwich, and because of that I decided to go with a dark rye for the bread. Since I was seasoning the Guinness caramelized onions with Worcestershire sauce and grainy mustard, cheddar cheese only seemed natural to finish the sandwich off. Don't let the time required to caramelize the onions stop you from making one of these sandwiches as they are definitely worth the effort and otherwise really easy to make!

Corned Beef Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Guinness Caramelized Onions

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Corned Beef Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Guinness Caramelized Onions

Corned Beef Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Guinness Caramelized Onions

Slow roasted tender corned beef served in a grilled cheese sandwich along with Guinness caramelized onions, grainy mustard and plenty of melted cheddar cheese.


Servings: makes 1 sandwich

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hours 25 minutes

Printable Recipe
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 cup Guinness
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons grainy mustard
  • 1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
  • 2 slices rye, lightly toasted
  • 1/2 cup cheddar, shredded, room temperature
  • 2 ounces cooked corned beef, sliced or shredded, warm
Directions
  1. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add 1/4 cup Guinness , cover and simmer until the liquid has mostly evaporated, about 15 minutes and repeat three more times.
  4. Remove from heat and mix in the Worcestershire sauce and grainy mustard.
  5. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat.
  6. Butter the outside of each slice of bread, sprinkle half of the cheese on the inside of one slice of bread, top with half of the onions, the corned beef, the remaining onions, cheese and finally the other slice of bread.
  7. Add the sandwich to the pan and grill until golden brown and the cheese has melted, about 2-4 minutes per side.

Tips for making the perfect grilled cheese sandwich every time.

Use leftover corned beef from:
Apricot Glazed Corned Beef
Corned Beef Glazed in Honey and Mustard

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43 comments:

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie said...

Well I certainly know what I will be making with my corned beef leftovers.

Andy said...

Holy crow, this sounds like the best sandwich of all time! (and I don't say that lightly)

Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat said...

This looks so freaking amazing!!

A Lovin' Forkful said...

What a fantastic sounding sandwich!

Mike said...

Guinness caramelized onions: I'm really intrigued by of what that might tastes like. Going to make those right away.

ZeynepG. said...

OMG!!!

Anonymous said...

Looks great... And I have made a ruben sandwich with caramelized onions and it was wonderful ...

Patent Attorney said...

I love the way elements from several different recipes joined to create this one! Very creative and the sandwich looks delicious.

oems kin said...

That looks really good!

Mal said...

Oh wow, this looks so wonderful!

Mal @ The Chic Geek

Aurélie Krahl said...

This sandwich looks and sounds delicious. Guinness is so great in cooking, it gives always a great taste to the food!

decocinasytacones said...

WOW!, this sandwich looks really yummy, and with the caramelized onions...what a treat!!!!.
Thanks for sharing
Love from the north of Spain
Marialuisa

Pam said...

Oh Kevin... this one has me drooling!

Carrie said...

The idea of Guinness caramelized onions is fascinating to me. They sound amazing! And pairing them with the corned beef and cheese also looks sublime. Yum.

mireia badia said...

Great idea! The sandwich looks amazing!

Serendipity said...

Holy guacamole!This sandwhich looks amazing, I bet it tastes amazing too!

Bryan and YiRan said...

Really yummy delicious looking idea.

Jill Mant~a SaucyCook said...

I love the idea of Guiness Carmelized Onions...not sure that any of them would make it onto the sandwich though!!! I also love the idea of teaming them up with a Ric Eye...hmmmm....thanks!

Joanne said...

I don't even need the corned beef...just hand over the cheese and the onions and I'd be good to go!

Molly @ pbpickles said...

That looks fantastic! My husband would devour that with a side of vinegar and sea salt kettle chips. Great idea for leftovers. I like a little sweetness with those flavors too. Maybe add a thin smear of apricot mayo or a drizzle of honey before topping with the other slice of bread. Can't wait to try it!

Constance Walden said...

I love good food blogs, and this is one of the best. Thank you for sharing this. Connie
http://bringingallthingsunderchrist.blogspot.com/

Julie M. said...

Woah. Now THIS is an amazing looking sandwich. Nice work Kevin!

Javelin Warrior said...

Kevin, this turned out amazing - best take on a classic corned beef sandwich I've seen despite the plethora of Irish food flooding everyones' blogs ;) I am featuring this post in today's Friday Food Fetish roundup (with a link-back and attribution), but please let me know if you have any objections. It's a pleasure following your creations…

Nicole, RD said...

Corned beef never, ever interested me...until now. HOLY YUM!

Sue/the view from great island said...

Brilliant, but now you've got me obsessing over uses for those amazing caramelized onions

Bakeaholic Carrie said...

you always make Grilled Cheese's look fab! This is our dinner tonight!

Fahad Khan said...

My first time here - I just saw the picture of that sandwich,and I so much wanted to go through rest of the recipe!Sweet caramelized onions,warm corned beef,sharp mustard and cheddar,filled in slices of crisp,rye bread - just thinking about it is enough to make my mouth water!
Thank you so much for sharing;This gets noted down/bookmarked!:-)

Jess @ Cheese Please said...

Just wanted to let you know you're brilliant for caramelizing onions in Guinness! I used that technique in an Irish Cheddar Quiche. Love it, thanks!!!!

http://cheesepleasebyjess.blogspot.com/2012/03/irish-cheddar-quiche-with-guinness.html

Anonymous said...

ok, I'm making this now, and I am totally excited about it, but I have encountered a glitch (in my opinion). If you cover the onions after adding the Guinness, it won't evaporate in 15 minutes (at least not in my pan). So we took the lid off. But this is an amazing creation nonetheless!!

cooking grill said...

yummy! this is for my breakfast today!

Anonymous said...

images were flying "through" my head...not "threw" my head :) looks good though...

Anonymous said...

Ingredients call for 1 cup Guinness.
Directions, Add 1/4 cup Guinness.
What happens to the 3/4 cup left over??
Drink it!!

Kevin said...

Anonymous: Once the first 1/4 cup has evaporated you are going to add another 1/4 cup and continue going like that until the full cup is used. Enjoy!

Jessica said...

Made this tonight, except with pastrami instead of corned beef, and pumpernickel bread. Delicious. This will certainly be made again and again!

Walt said...

Can you use other type of beer?

Kevin said...

Walt: Definitely, another dark stout or your favourite drinking beer would work.

Anonymous said...

Checked this page out because I've always loved corn beef grilled cheese and one with the Guiness onions sounded incredible. Massive kudos for those. Also when I make mine I use Havarti cheese. The meat and the bread both have such strong flavor I prefer a softer cheese. Not sure how it would mix with the onions cause I haven't tried them together but I put a fried egg in the middle of mine. Trust me...try it

Anonymous said...

Gotta love beer! I made this recipe last night and while the sandwiches were tasty, the beer-infused onions took center stage. So, unless you LOVE the taste of Guinness, you might want to make a change. And since I believe sandwiches have loads of potential, I'll make them again (before next St. Patrick's Day!) and substitute the beer with something else.

Kevin said...

Anonymous: The onions should not have been that strong, especially not when combined with a tasty corned beef an nice quality cheddar!

Leigh said...

Made this today, it was truly awesome, thank you thank you thank you for sharing your recipe.

BopCity said...

Kevin, I made this today. Turned out dope, even though I fudged the onions the first time (completely thought I had the heat dialed and as soon as I got comfortable...BAM liquid was gone).

Awesome recipe.

restaurant Fort Lauderdale said...

This is definitely a good alternative for corn beef leftovers. Thank you for sharing this recipe. The caramelized onions really sound so flavorful! I guess I just have to add more greens to it and I am good to go.

Jesusan said...

I just found your site tonight, thanks to The Spiffy Cookie. This sandwich sounds absolutely wonderful, and I'm certain that, as a beer lover, I'll find plenty of uses for the Guinness caramelized onions. What a great idea!

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