Apple, Red Onion & Balsamic Cheddar Melt


Yes, we are publishing 2 grilled cheese sandwiches in a row. What’s wrong with that??  Fancy grilled cheese sandwiches are the best!  Like Nicole said last week, we are in desperate need of a vacation, and Nicole leaves tomorrow!! She’ll be in Italy for 2 weeks and I am beyond jealous. My basement reno is in full swing, and between us, we don’t have much time. So we whipped up these  Apple, Red Onion & Balsamic Cheddar Melts right quick.

The premise here is pretty simple.  Sweet and savoury fillings make for delicious sandwiches.   Grilling them makes it even better.  How do you make it?  Easy, layer 2 slices of your favourite crusty/hearty bread with a 50/50 balsamic vinegar/mayo mix.  Slice your red onion and apple very thinly, shred the cheese for optimum meltage (not a word, I know), pile high, and fry that baby in lots of melted butter.

Yumm.  Think I will go make another one right now…Enjoy!!!

Ps. Stay tuned for some sweet Italian travel posts in the near future!


Apple, Red Onion & Balsamic Cheddar Melt

This recipe combines thinly sliced apple and red onion with old cheddar, nestled between crusty bread slices. The balsamic mayo mix adds a tangy twist, creating a crispy, flavor-packed delight.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


  • 1-2 tbsp red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 apple thinly sliced
  • 2-3 oz old cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp salted butter
  • 2 slices crusty/hearty bread


  • Combine mayonnaise and balsamic vinegar in a small bowl and stir.
  • Spread both slices of the bread with balsamic mayo mix.   Layer one slice with cheddar, onion, apple, and more cheddar.   Top with the second slice.
  • Heat butter in a cast iron skillet over medium heat.   Place the sandwich in the skillet and fry on both sides for several minutes until browned and cheese is melted.
Keyword apple, balsamic, cheddar cheese, cheese, cheese melt, grilled cheese, red onion, sandwich, sandwiches

The recipe is credited to Nicole and Katherine – The former owner of