Tuesday, April 8, 2014

{Eats: Grilled Cheese with Kale and Caramelized Onions}

As you know (or as I have hinted) I have been watching my gluten intake - not because I have an allergy to gluten, but simply because I like that it doesn't make me feel bloated, and I feel more energized throughout the day. I have been wanting to try gluten free bread but have been very skeptical. So after doing a little research, I've come to the conclusion that many gluten-free eaters like the brand Udi's, so I purchased a loaf last week at Trader Joes to make toast for breakfast - and wow - I was really surprised at how good it was. So now that I can make toast, I want to see how a grilled cheese (one of my favorite sandwiches) goes. Starting with this recipe I found over at A Cup of Jo - check it out:
Caramelized Onion and Kale Grilled Cheese
Grilled Cheese with Kale + Caramelized Balsamic Onions
(Serves 2)


Caramelized onions:
• 2 tsp. vegetable oil
• 1 large onion, thinly sliced
• 1 tsp. salt
• 1/8 tsp. black pepper
• 2 tbsp. sugar
• 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

Grilled cheese:
• 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
• 4 slices bread
• 4 slices sharp cheddar cheese
• 1 cup kale leaves


Make the caramelized balsamic onions:

Heat the vegetable oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the sliced onions, salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are very soft, about 10 minutes.

Add the sugar and continue cooking the onions for 5 more minutes.

Add the balsamic vinegar and reduce the heat to low. Continue cooking the onions, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes until they are very soft and dry.

Assemble the grilled cheese:

Slather one side of all four slices of bread with the butter and set them aside.

Assemble one of the grilled cheese sandwiches by stacking one slice of cheese atop one slice of bread (the non-buttered side) and topping it with half the caramelized onions, half the kale leaves and a second slice of cheese. Top it with another buttered slice of bread (buttered side on top).

Repeat the assembly process for the second grilled cheese sandwich.

Heat a large skillet or sauté pan over medium heat. Place each sandwich on the skillet and cook until the bread is toasted and golden and the cheese begins to melt. Flip each sandwich once and continue cooking until the opposite side of bread is toasted. Slice and serve immediately.


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