Grilled Apple, Cheddar and Mustard Sandwich

Grilled Apple, Cheddar and Mustard Sandwich

Looking for a meal no family member will pass up? A cheesy sandwich almost always fits the bill. So, to continue our month of five-ingredient dinners, here’s a tangy apple, sharp cheddar and grainy mustard grilled sandwich recipe from Alexandra of Alexandra’s Kitchen. It has the ultimate combination of sweet and salty — and just the right amount of crunch. Here’s how to make it…

Grilled Apple, Cheddar and Mustard Sandwich
By Alexandra Stafford of Alexandra’s Kitchen

This apple-and-cheddar sandwich adapted from Jenny Rosenstrach’s How to Celebrate Everything has become a favorite no-fuss dinner. I love that I can prepare it two ways: For my husband and me, as written, the bread slicked with nose-tingling mustard, griddled until bronzy, the cheese gently oozing, the apples soft and warm. For my children, I keep it raw: fresh, untoasted bread spread with florescent yellow mustard layered with peeled apples and deli cheese. Everyone is happy.

Grilled Apple, Cheddar and Mustard Sandwich

Recipe: Grilled Apple, Cheddar and Mustard Sandwich
Serves 1 sandwich

You’ll need:

2 tbsp softened butter
1 tbsp mayonnaise, optional
2 slices hearty white bread
Grainy mustard or Dijon mustard, to taste
2 slices sharp cheddar cheese
Slices of peeled Fuji or Granny Smith apples

Heat a cast iron skillet or grill pan to medium. If you are using the mayonnaise, stir it together with the butter in a small bowl. Spread one side of each piece of bread with this mixture. On the other side of one slice, spread mustard, then one slice of the cheese, apples, then another slice of cheese. Top with the second buttered slice.

Fry on both sides until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasted and golden, 2 to 4 minutes a side. I like to weigh down the sandwich with another pan (like a heavy saucepan) on the first side only. Once the sandwich is flipped, I don’t weight it down.

Grilled Apple, Cheddar and Mustard Sandwich

Thank you so much, Alexandra!

P.S. More easy recipes, including a kale, caramelized onions and goat cheese pasta and a delicious flatbread.

(Photos by Alexandra Stafford. Thanks to Stella Blackmon for helping with this series.)

  1. This is my favorite way to eat grilled cheese sandwiches! I sometimes put dijon mustard on the outside of the bread, and the George Foreman grill works pretty well to flatten the sandwich, too. YUM!

  2. wow, really interesting recipe, nice twist on the apple-cheddar pairing! What a great idea, thank you!

  3. I cooked this last week when I was in a rush to get to an art gallery opening and it was absolutely fantastic and so easy! It felt a little more special than a regular grilled cheese and tasted DIVINE. Will definitely be making again!

  4. Yum! Crack open some Trader Joe’s tomato bisque and you are done.

  5. Kate Grogan says...

    What a nice idea – would never have mixed the three! Tomorrow lunch sorted :)

  6. Oh my gosh-this is going on the menu immediately!

  7. This looks incredible. Just what I need to see when I’m trying to eat more healthy food haha

  8. That sandwich looks so good! We’ve been doing grilled cheddar with jalapeno apple jelly lately. :)

    • I’m going to have to try this!

  9. I wanted to loose a couple of kilos this month but with these recipes… I just can’t. I mean, how can I not try this? And I still have a couple of recipes dfrom your chocolate series to try…

  10. ooooh, how clever with such simple ingredients! I will try this.

  11. I never had a toastie with apple and mustard before. It looks really tasty.

  12. Melissa says...

    Also – apple, pesto and cheddar is an amazing grilled cheese combo. One of my favs.

  13. OMG this looks so good. I used to make the balsamic veggie grilled cheese recipe you shared a while back- until it got so frequent I had to tell myself that I can’t eat this much grilled cheese (I mean, I can. But should I?).

  14. I love grilled cheese sandwiches, but never thought to bring apples into the mix! Definitely going to try this soon.

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  15. Erikka says...

    I just made this recipe in a Panini-press. I also added a few salad greens. It was super delicious.

  16. jennyi says...

    Wow, I just made this (or a variation on it, technically) for the first time about 10 minutes ago, and can attest — it is super yummy!

  17. In Vermont, where I went to undergrad, this sandwich was very common – except, they would often put a few slices of maple ham on it as well. Definitely good stuff.

  18. Lilly Siblesz says...

    Yay!! I was lamenting at the fact that there was nothing yummy in my fridge, but I did have everything to make this sandwich.. so good! Thanks for saving my lunch!

  19. Mmmm… I LOVE grilled cheese sandwiches. And I LOVE that she uses the whole grain Dijon mustard. I rarely use any other condiment for my sandwiches anymore, except for avocado if it’s a breakfast sandwich (or toast). I’ve made a sandwich similar to this before so I imagine this one is even better, because butter.

  20. Lauren E. says...

    YUM. I recently decided the secret to a perfect grilled cheese is boring, processed white bread. I made grilled cheese alongside chicken soup last night for dinner and my husband declared it, “THE BEST GRILLED CHEESE EVER” because I caved and used regular white bread instead of the super-healthy, multi-grain loaf I usually have. Seeing as I now have a loaf of this bread and a night to myself… This is on tonight’s menu!

  21. Brianna says...

    Now I want grilled cheese and have none of these ingredients in my house (and it’s too snowy/icy to go to the grocery store on the way home).

  22. cooper says...

    This is my favorite way to eat grilled cheese sandwiches! I sometimes put dijon mustard on the outside of the bread, and the George Foreman grill works pretty well to flatten the sandwich, too. YUM!

  23. I love Alexandra’s Kitchen! Might be yummy using English Muffin bread…

  24. Claire says...

    This looks amazing! I am always excited to find potential meals that my 2 year-old toddler may enjoy as well. Could you do a series on recipes for families (keeping in mind young, picky eaters)?

  25. Lisa says...

    I want this NOW.

  26. alison says...

    This is our go to grilled cheese!

  27. Charlene says...

    I love Ali’s recipes! Have been meaning to try the mayo trick on grilled cheese for ages, and love that she mixes it with butter first for flavor.

  28. Yum!! As a child I had made up my mind that I hated mustard! We only ever had the yellow variety and it was not until very reciently I discovered I actually love many mustard varieties (but still will always pass on the boring yellow thin type)! I love that this is a vegetarian and family friendly meal my kids will love too! More vegetarian meals please!!


  29. OH MY GOODNESS!!!! This is my complete food heaven!

    Rachael xx.

  30. Katie H. says...

    I love it when I check a blog at work and instantly have dinner figured out for that night! Thank you!