It’s dark, dense, full of flavor and scorned. We are not the first to do a French Onion grilled cheese…but man, oh man – we do it goooooood!
- Sliced baguette of French Bread
- 9 onions Yellow or White
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 can of beef consume or beef soup starter paste
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- 1 cup shredded Gruyère Cheese
- 1 cup shredded provolone Cheese
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella Cheese
- 1 stick soft butter
- 1/4 cup Dijon Mustard
- Weight or Panini press
(Psst… here is a tip) The day before your party: slice, chop or shred 9 onions. It looks like a lot but trust me–you need 9! In a large skillet melt 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil on low heat. Add your onions, thyme, bay leaf and a pinch of S&P. Cook on low stirring occasionally for 68 minutes,(that is not a typo-68!) until sweet, brown and almost nothing. Cool mash with a fork and refrigerate your “onion jam” until tomorrow.
Ok people–we are making grilled cheese for a party! Turn your Skillet to 350 or heat your pan on Med. Preheat your oven to 200. Get a baking sheet with a cooling rack ready to stack and keep warm these oooey, goooey treasures. Get all of your ingredients ready. I find it better to shred my cheese–but you do what you want. I mixed my 3 cups and added a little black pepper fun. You MUST use Gruyère the others are according to your taste. I like the smokiness of the provolone and the melty mozzarella.
Spread your softened butter on one side of your French Bread, Lay it down and spread a bit of your “onion jam” on the other side. Now add your Cheese–as much as you dare! Spread a bit of Dijon on one side of the other slice and your softened butter on it’s flip side. Grill with a weight or Panni press. (Psst… here is another tip) I sprinkled a bit of cheese on the outside of the bread on my last flip–you get a bit of the crunchy, browned, French Onion Soup goodness that way!
Now go upstairs, fix your lipstick and dab a little Channel #5 behind your ears-you have a party to get to!
Oo La La-can you guess what is next?
Psst-you can mix any left over “Onion Jam” with sour cream or marscapone for a great dip, or get some beef stock in the box and whip up a 5 minute french onion soup for lunch!