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Goat Cheese, Brie, and Caramelized Onion Sandwich with Apples

The second sandwich I ordered from Mendocino Farms during our trip to California might have been even better than the first.

There was no way I wasn’t going to recreate it at home, and I finally got around to doing just that.

The flavors and textures of this sandwich simply work. Rich & creamy brie, tangy goat cheese, sweet caramelized onions, and crisp apple slices all piled high onto soft but hearty fruit & nut bread.

Total swoon.

It’s when I’m eating a sandwich like this one that I ponder the incredible vastness of possible sandwich ingredient combinations. Who wants a simple ham & cheese or a pb&j when you could instead sink your teeth into a sandwich comprised of layers of flavor and texture?

While on the topic of sandwiches… I’m psyched that Jeff Mauro, self-dubbed “The Sandwich King”, won The Next Food Network Star. I’m completely on board with Jeff’s claim that you can make any sandwich into a meal and any meal into a sandwich; I bet his show will provide my with a ton of sandwich-making inspiration.

So embrace National Sandwich Month, and challenge yourself to think outside of the sandwich-making box!

What are the ingredients you would put into your perfect sandwich?

Goat Cheese, Brie, and Caramelized Onion Sandwich with Apples

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yield: 1 sandwich

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • pinch of Kosher salt
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1 oz soft goat cheese (about 2 Tbsp), at room temperature for easier spreading
  • 1 oz soft brie cheese (about 2 Tbsp), at room temperature for easier spreading <– you can remove the rind if you’d like
  • 1/4 Granny smith apple, preferably organic, cored & thinly sliced
  • fresh baby greens
  • 2 slices fruit-and-nut bread of your choice (I used When Pigs Fly Harvest Bread)

Directions:

  1. Slice the onion in half lengthwise (through the “poles”) and then remove the papery skin. Thinly slice the onion widthwise (around the “equator”).
  2. Heat the olive oil in a medium-sized non-stick skillet set over medium heat. Add in the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Add in the salt and sugar. Lower stove temperature to medium-low/low and cook, stirring occasionally, for an additional 20-25 minutes, or until the onions have turned a deep golden brown color. Let cool.
  3. Spread the softened goat cheese onto one slice of bread. Spread the softened brie on the other.
  4. Layer the greens, sliced apple, and caramelized onion onto one slice of bread; top with the other.

Nutritional Information (this will vary depending on what type of bread you use):

490.4 calories, 20.6 grams fat, 9.7 grams saturated fat, 5 grams fiber, 17.6 grams sugar, 18.1 grams protein

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