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Now this, is a sandwich worth gushing over! The classic grilled cheese sandwich will always have a place in our hearts, but if you're looking to kick things up a notch, you have to try this Sriracha apple grilled cheese! Sweet apples, melty cheese, and a little heat nestled between two pieces of crispy, buttery bread – yum!
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One of the secrets to this apple grilled cheese's greatness is the Sriracha butter. Instead of adding straight hot sauce to the inside of the sandwich, which might get a bit soggy, you combine butter and hot sauce and slather it on the inside of the bread! It melts into the sandwich while cooking for a delicious, spicy bite with every mouthful!
Ingredients for apple grilled cheese
Here's what you'll need to make this epic sandwich:
Softened butter: You'll use regular butter for the outside of your bread, and the sriracha butter for the inside of the bread. Sriracha: combine 1 teaspoon of sriracha or your favourite hot sauce with some butter to add a little heat to your apple grilled cheese.
- Chili flakes: this is optional, but adding chili flakes to the sriracha butter is a great choice for those who like to turn up the heat.
- Slices of bread: You will need 4 slices of bread. You can use your bread of choice for this recipe.
- Cheese: Use your favorite type of melty cheese; we used cheddar with a little parmesan. You'll need enough to layer the sandwich in this order: bread, butter, cheese, apple, more cheese, butter, bread.
- Apple: Half an apple will do! Core it and cut into apple slices. Tart apples are a great choice, like a granny smith apple, however, you can use any kind you like – it'll all taste good!
How to make an apple grilled cheese
With 5 minutes of prep time, you'll be ready to dive into your apple grilled cheese in 10 minutes tops! Here are the steps you'll take to make grilled cheese with apple:
- Make the spicy butter: Mix together your butter and sriracha (and chili flakes, if using)
- Assemble your sandwich: Use regular butter on the outside of each slice of bread and then coat the inside with the spicy butter. Layer cheese, apple, and more cheese and top your sandwich.
- Cook: Add your sandwich to the pan and cover it with a lid. Cook for a couple of minutes, or until the cheese melts and the outside is golden brown.
What kind of cheese is best for grilled cheese?
When it comes to your sriracha apple grilled cheese you have some cheesy decisions to make. Cheese that melts well is always a good call, so if you have any of these in your fridge, it's game on:
Aged or sharp cheddar cheese: this recipe was tested using aged cheddar (plus a little grated parmesan on top for extra flavor!)
Dairy-free apple grilled cheese
Dairy-free friends should not be left out of this apple grilled cheese heaven. To make this a dairy-free version all you have to do is use your favorite non-dairy or vegan cheese and butter and follow the recipe using these substitutions.
If you have a brand of dairy-free cheese that melts really well, definitely opt for this one. Daiya cheese, for our Canadian readers, is a great choice!
Substitutes for Sriracha
Maybe you don't have any on hand, or perhaps where you live this bottled wonder is hard to come by – but don't fret! There's some other runner ups that you can substitute to make the hot sauce butter that will taste great in a grilled cheese with apple!
- Tabasco or tabasco and ketchup
- Sambal Oelek
How much cheese should I use for an apple grilled cheese?
We like to use about 2 ounces per grilled cheese. This amount is perfectly cheesy without being too cheesy – yes that's a thing. Put too much cheese in a grilled cheese sandwich and it will ooze out the edges.
What type of apple should I use for apple grilled cheese?
Tart apples are a great choice, like Granny Smith, Pink Lady, or McIntosh.
Is this really spicy?
No, it's not overly spicy. If you'd like more heat, definitely add the optional chili flakes!
How to I make more Sriracha butter?
Great question! You can follow our Sriracha butter recipe to make a larger quantity.
- 1 teaspoons softened butter (plus more to butter the bread)
- 1 teaspoon sriracha
- 1 teaspoon chili flakes (optional)
- 4 slices bread
- 4 ounces cheese (see notes)
- ½ apple (cored and sliced)
- Mix the butter with the sriracha and, if using, the chili flakes in a small bowl.1 teaspoons softened butter, 1 teaspoon sriracha, 1 teaspoon chili flakes
- Butter one slice of bread with plain butter then turn the bread over and butter the other side with the Sriracha butter. Add the cheese, apple slices, and more cheese. Top with the other piece of bread then butter the top.4 slices bread, 4 ounces cheese, ½ apple
- Heat a small frying pan over medium-low heat. Add the sandwich and cover the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, until the cheese has melted, and the bread is brown and crispy. Enjoy!
We have thoroughly tested this recipe for accuracy. However, individual results may vary. See our full recipe disclosure here.