Grilled Cheese with Fried Apples and Sage

This is a type of food I love—quick, aimed at instant gratification. It’s not always healthy, but it’s infinitely more satisfying than grabbing a slice of pizza on the way home or ordering in.


  • 1 to 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 a crisp, tart apple (Cortland or Macintosh are good choices)
  • 2 slices of your favorite bread
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup grated good-melting cheese
  • Pinch dried sage
  • Pinch salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Core the apple and slice it into thin (1/8-inch or so) wedges.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add a bit of butter to the pan.
  3. When foaming subsides, spread out the apple slices in a single layer.
  4. Fry, flipping once, for 2 to 3 minutes, just until tender and showing a bit of color.
  5. Return the skillet to the heat.
  6. Meanwhile, sprinkle half the cheese over one slice of the bread.
  7. Once the apples are cooked, arrange them on top of the cheese.
  8. Sprinkle with sage, salt, and a grind or two of black pepper.
  9. Sprinkle remaining cheese over the apple, then place the second slice of bread on top.
  10. Melt a pat of butter in the skillet. Carefully lower the sandwich into the pan.
  11. Using a wide, flat spatula, press down on the sandwich periodically to encourage the cheese to melt and the bottom to take on some color.
  12. Once the bottom is golden-brown, which will take 2 to 4 minutes, scatter a few flecks of butter on the uncooked top-side of the bread, then carefully flip the sandwich.
  13. Press down with the spatula, periodically, and cook until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden-brown, another 2 to 4 minutes.
  14. If the cheese doesn’t seem to be melting, you may want to cover the pan for one or two 30-second intervals, but no more than that or the sandwich will steam.
  15. Serve hot.

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