Grilled cheese sandwiches are anything but boring. But you can seriously up the ante and the fun factor by making this beery caramelized onion grilled cheese monte cristo.
I take my grilled cheese sandwiches pretty seriously. I didn’t always. A basic sandwich with some white bread and American cheese dipped into tomato soup was fine for me until I grew up. Now I add everything under the sun to my grilled cheese sandwich. No basic staples for me.
Caramelized onions are probably the best thing I put on there, all salty and buttery and soft. But then, I went and used beer to caramelize them. And the world as we knew it was never the same. That’s a pretty big statement to make but I stand by it firmly. Using a bit of beer to caramelize your onions is insane. It brings out the flavors even more. I went with a dark wheat ale here but feel free to pick something you like. Then, of course, I took it one more step and monte cristoed the whole thing.
Dip it in a milk mixture, fry it up and you are in for a world of deliciousness. Grab a plate and some napkins. This sandwich is deliciously messy.
- For caramelized onions:
- 2 onions, sliced thinly
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 Tbsp. butter
- ½ cup dark wheat ale
- ½ cup beef broth
- For sandwich:
- 1 Tbsp. butter
- One batch caramelized onions
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
- 4 slices wheat bread
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup milk
- Begin by caramelizing the onions. Melt the butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Add in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Add in the onions and stir, cooking for about a minute. Add in ¼ cup of ale, stir and cover, cooking for 5 to 7 minutes. Repeat, alternative broth and beer until all liquid is absorbed and the onions have caramelized.
- Once the onions are caramelized, heat up a pan over medium heat. Assemble your sandwich.
- Mix the eggs and milk in a bowl and whisk until combined. Divide the cheese between two slices of bread, placing ½ cup on each sandwich.
- Top each with caramelized onions then place the remaining slice of bread on top. Place butter in the pan.
- Dip the sandwiches into the egg mixture, coating both sides. Place in the pan and cook until golden brown. Flip and repeat until the other side is golden and cheese is completely melted.