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.
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
yield: 1 sandwich
- 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)
- Slice the onion in half lengthwise (through the “poles”) and then remove the papery skin. Thinly slice the onion widthwise (around the “equator”).
- 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.
- Spread the softened goat cheese onto one slice of bread. Spread the softened brie on the other.
- 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