Who, as a child, didn’t enjoy grilled cheese sandwiches? Apparently my friends all associate these with my house because my mom used to make them for me and my friends for lunch when we had a playdate. For sleepovers, she always made banana chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast.

While I still love a good grilled cheese (although I can’t even remember the last time I had one), I got the idea for this recipe from a blog I love, called Heat Oven to 350, and thought it sounded like a delicious, grown-up alternative to that American classic.

Rather than individually wrapped slices of processed American cheese, this version uses high quality cheddar, fresh apple slices, and  rosemary. The resulting combination is simple, yet tastes sophisticated. It’s a grown-up treat, and i bet kids would love it too!

Plus, it took less than 10 minutes to make…can’t beat that! And after taking his first bite, Nate proclaimed it delicious, and has since asked me to make it again less than a month later :)

Apple Rosemary Grilled Cheese
Adapted from Heat Oven to 350

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makes 2 sandwiches


4 slices multigrain bread
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp apple butter
1/2 Granny Smith Apple, thinly sliced
1 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
2-3 ounces extra-sharp white cheddar cheese, depending on how cheesy you like things

Spread butter over one side of each of the 4 pieces of bread.

On the other sides of 2 slices, spread the apple butter, then sprinkle with rosemary. Top with cheese.

On other sides of the other two slices, spread a little butter, and then place apple slices. Put two sandwich halves together.

Cook in a large skillet over medium heat for 1-2 minutes on each side or until both sides are golden brown. Serve immediately.


  1. I love your blog, too! What a genius idea to put thin slices of apples in, too. It looks delicious. I’m going to try this soon. The apple butter in my fridge has been a little lonely lately and I always love quick meals in the summer.

    PS – Did I tell you I’m going to NYC at the end of July with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law? I’m super excited!

    • Glad you like the apple addition!

      Ooooh, yay for visiting nyc!! Have you been before? Be prepared for some extreme heat/humidity. Did you come up with a list of things to do while you’re there?

  2. Yum, that looks delicious. I like mine with brie!

    • Oooh, what a good idea! I LOVE brie and it melts so well. I’m gonna try it next time I make this. Maybe replace the rosemary though and use an apricot jam instead of apple butter though. So many combos!

  3. Yum!! I love apple and cheese together, this looks and sounds amazing

  4. Great recipe. My favorite part of this post is the little arrow to the “melty cheese.” I love apple and pear in my grilled cheese. And in the summer fresh tomato.

    • Hehe, glad you liked that. Mmm, I bet pear would be delicious too. I’ve never had tomato in my grilled cheese…but i bet that’s yummy too :)

  5. Never? Oh with a little ham…heaven.

  6. ahhh love the combo! what a creative (and sophisticated) idea amy! :D

  7. I am so in LOOOVVEEE! Cheese and rosemary and apples…that is like a combination for the gods. Which explains why you and Nicole came up with it. :P

    I couldn’t help but notice your above comment…are you IN NYC?!?!? Why have we not hung out?!?!?

    • Yes, I AM in nyc! I don’t know why we haven’t yet hung out…i haven’t actually met any food bloggers in person. We totally should meet up :) Plus, if you’re as funny in real life as you are on your blog, I’m sure it would be a blast. Email me if you wanna set something up :) amybroun at gmail.

  8. I will order grilled cheese at a restaurant before anything else if it’s not on the kids menu :) It’s one of my all-time favorites and I love the adaptation here! Rosemary sounds fancy and impressive…i dig :)

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