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
- Core the apple and slice it into thin (1/8-inch or so) wedges.
- Heat a skillet over medium heat and add a bit of butter to the pan.
- When foaming subsides, spread out the apple slices in a single layer.
- Fry, flipping once, for 2 to 3 minutes, just until tender and showing a bit of color.
- Return the skillet to the heat.
- Meanwhile, sprinkle half the cheese over one slice of the bread.
- Once the apples are cooked, arrange them on top of the cheese.
- Sprinkle with sage, salt, and a grind or two of black pepper.
- Sprinkle remaining cheese over the apple, then place the second slice of bread on top.
- Melt a pat of butter in the skillet. Carefully lower the sandwich into the pan.
- 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.
- 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.
- Press down with the spatula, periodically, and cook until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden-brown, another 2 to 4 minutes.
- 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.
- Serve hot.