Grilled Cheddar, Brie and Apple Sandwiches

Grilled cheese is a quick dinner and comfort food all in one.  Kick it up a notch with this grown-up version of your childhood favorite.

Even though I love to cook, if I see a long ingredient list in a recipe, I hate to admit it, but I usually can't be bothered.  Inevitably, I'm out of at least one of the ingredients, or I'll make the entire thing, and then realize I left one (or more) of those ingredients out because I just couldn't keep track.  In short, no-brainer recipes (like sandwiches) are often lifesavers for a fast dinner.

Does grilled cheese count as a recipe?  Who cares!  It sure makes a quick and tasty dinner.  Let's skip the processed cheese slices and the butter though, and go with some sharp cheddar, and creamy brie for a more grown-up flavor instead.  

For crunch, I added some slices of sweet apple.  You definitely need a thick, hearty bread for a really good grilled cheese.  I used sourdough, but a nice whole grain, nutty or seedy bread is always great too, and it can stand up to all of that cheese.

Grilled Cheese with Sharp Cheddar, Brie and Apple|Craving Something Healthy

I found the most delicious sharp cheddar at Sprouts.  It had chives and garlic, and OMG it was good with the apples.  Sharp cheeses don't melt as well as processed cheese, so if you need it meltier, pop the grilled sandwich in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds more and that will do the job.

Grilled Cheddar, Brie and Apple Sandwiches|Craving Something Healthy

Grilled Cheddar, Brie and Apple Sandwiches

A grown-up version of your favorite childhood sandwich
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 364kcal


  • 4 slices of sourdough or hearty whole-grain bread thick slices taste best
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 ounce of brie softened at room temperature
  • 2 ounces of sharp cheddar grated, at room temperature
  • ½ sweet apple I use Gala, sliced into ¼-inch thick slices


  • Heat a nonstick frying pan to medium high heat.
  • Lightly brush the olive onto each side of each slice of bread.
  • Toast one side of each slice of bread lightly in the frying pan.
  • Remove the bread, and spread the brie on the toasted sides of 2 pieces of bread. Top with the cheddar and 2-3 slices of apple. Top each with the second slice of bread - toasted side down.
  • Return the sandwiches to the pan, and lightly toast on each side.
  • Slice each sandwich in half and serve immediately.


Sharp cheddar won't melt as smoothly as processed cheese slices, so if you need it to melt a bit more, just pop the grilled sandwiches in the microwave for about 15-30 seconds.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 527mg | Potassium: 232mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 394IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 321mg | Iron: 2mg
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Eat well!


  1. Fantastic combo! I've tried this recipe and it tastes so good. I'm also planning to try the pineapple. I hope I can make it 🙂

    1. Thanks for stopping by Margaret!

  2. Great to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day tomorrow!

  3. Sonali- The Foodie Physician says:

    I love this grown up grilled cheese! You can't go wrong with simple, high quality ingredients and I love the combination of salty and sweet. Grilled cheese is one of my guilty pleasures so I'm going to have to try this one out!

    1. Thanks Sonali 🙂 It's one of those sandwiches I rarely eat too, which makes it taste all the better!

  4. Marisa | Marisa Moore Nutrition says:

    Love apples in a grilled cheese and you make it look unbelievably delicious!

    1. Awww - thanks so much Marissa 🙂

  5. I want to eat this every day for the rest of my life. PLEASE!

    1. OK! Thanks for visiting Alex!

  6. EA-The Spicy RD says:

    Yum!!! This has my "Brie Lovin'" "Sourdough Lovin'" daughter's name written all over it 🙂 I'm thinking it would be yummy with strawberries too!

    1. Oh yum! Strawberries would be wonderful! Thanks for stopping by EA 🙂

  7. Cindy Kerschner says:

    Stunning! I love apples in grilled cheese. Two cheeses are double good!

    1. Thank you so much Cindy! Apples and cheese are always a great combo - I think 🙂 Thanks for visiting!

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