Brie and Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwich
This Brie and Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwich is made with a delicious cranberry and honey mayonnaise.
I’ve had the desire to create a sandwich with grilled brie and apple for some time and it seemed that pairing it with a hard cider would be the perfect. Brie and apples are almost a perfect pairing by themselves; adding a bit of mayonnaise with cranberries, whole grain mustard and honey as a condiment fit beautifully.
I made this sandwich for my daughter’s foray into fantasy football; she had a team and doggone it she was going to watch some football! Served simply with chips on the side it was easy and yet just a bit elegant; perfect food for football when your most important team is a Fantasy!
I expected hard cider to pair well with the tang of brie and the tart sweetness of apples. While a cold tray of cheese and fruits would have likely sufficed, I wanted something hearty and more warming with the advent of football season (trying hard to ignore that the actual outside temperature was over 90 degrees!).
The popularity of hard ciders can’t be denied; for someone like myself who is not a died in the wool beer drinker; it’s a most enjoyable quaff when the menu calls for something simple and more rustic than I would normally serve.
Sales of hard cider are nothing to laugh at… from 2011-2012 they totaled $90 million. While this is a small percentage of total beer sales, companies have seen seen huge increases and it looks like hard cider is here to stay!
Today would have been a more perfect day as Denver is finally moving into Fall mode. The beauty of this sandwich is really that’s it’s just so easy. Mixing some cranberries and whole grain mustard with mayonnaise and a touch of honey makes for the final touch.
The real planning comes in trying to remember to make that spread a bit of ahead of time to let the flavors meld; other than that it’s just a quick time in a frying pan and an end result you will love.
Have you tried a hard cider you enjoy? Would love to hear which one; we’re on a journey now to find our favorite! And make this sandwich…it’s rich and warm and satisfying and will guarantee your team a win (just kidding!).
PIN IT! ‘Brie and Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwich’
Brie and Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Cranberry Honey Mustard
For the Cranberry, Mustard and Mayonnaise Spread
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 2 Tbsp whole grain mustard
- 1 tsp honey
To Prepare the Sandwich
- 2 Ciabatta bread rolls
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 6 oz Brie Cheese
- 2 apples sliced
- To Make the Spread
- Chop the cranberries and then mix them together with the mayonnaise, mustard and honey.
- To Prepare the Sandwich
- Slice the Ciabetta roll in half horizontally
- Melt 1 1/2 tsp of butter in a large skillet; place the top side of the roll face down and flatten with another pan or skillet if necessary.
- Layer in this order on top of that bread in skillet
- Mayonnaise spread
- Brie slices
- Apple Slices
- Spread the bottom half with more mayonnaise spread and place on top of the other ingredients.
- Lift the roll out of the pan when it has nicely browned and the cheese is starting to soften. Melt another 1 1/2 tsp of butter in pan and flip the sandwich over and place in the butter. Cook until the bottom is brown.
- Remove from pan, flip over so that top of sandwich is again on top and slice in half diagonally. Serve with potato chips and Stella Artois Cidre!
There is nothing like a good sandwich…and I’m always a sucker for brie. This looks amazing! I wish I had a plate in front of me now. What a great way to welcome fall!
I love brie too…not sure why it took so long to grill it though! Thanks for stopping by; wish I could send you one.
I got a taste of that cider recently at The Taste in Los Angles. Good stuff. GREG
Was actually a great find for me. Funny I just LOVE Guinness but seldom care for a light beer; this will be my version of light beer. 🙂
Ahhh, you have no idea how excited I am to read this post! I love Stella Artois original and the idea of a Stella Artois cider has me jumping in my chair! I am also a huge, huge grilled cheese fan. This combination of cranberry, apple, brie and mustard sounds so delicious. Definitely need to try it asap (gorgeous pictures too) xx
How creative! I’ll keep my eye out for this cidre. You can never go wrong with grilled cheese!
Sounds lovely. I love brie with sweet flavors.
Isn’t it the best? Hard to believe it’s the first time I’ve ever grilled with it too…and not the last!
Oh Stella Artois cidre, and now I have to wait for it! Oh no! I want it now, and my husband will go nuts for it. Life can be too cruel – the waiting I mena.
I think your pairing with the sandwich is stellar in all respects. Nice work!
Heck they got me hooked and I have to wait for it too…so not fair!
I’ve yet to try apples with brie. And grilled cheese. Shocker, I know!
This looks so mouthwatering, my friend 🙂
You must…they were made for each other! I love apples with brown sugar and baked bried too; like a caramel apple brie. So yum. Thank YOU!
Barb, this sandwich looks really good. Love brie with apples! It must have been my first trip to Ireland during which I was introduced to hard cidre– haven’t had one in years and it has been way too long! I wonder if this is on tap at the Budweiser Eighteen76 pub at the Colorado Rapids games? I’ve never checked but this weekend I just might! Now that it is on my mind I would love to have one, let me know if you find it around Denver and I will do the same.
Mouthwatering, simply mouthwatering!
I love brie with apples, what a perfect grilled cheese for fall!
This cider sounds perfect for a Fall beverage. Your sandwich is gorgeous! I’ve done grilled cheese with apple and bacon but never with cranberry, mustard & mayonnaise. Sounds wonderful.
Thanks Paula. I’m a sucker for almost anything grilled cheese and where many start a pumpkin craze I’m so much more excited about the advent of cranberry; dried or fresh…I simply love them!
I bet that mayo would taste so good an a lot of sandwiches. Going to have to make it.
I had some left over Tanya so used it on a simple turkey sandwich today…and you’re right!
This looks like the perfect lunch-that I could use right now! I need to go to the grocery and badly. I like cider and will for sure look for this!
Don’t look too hard; I got a sample but found out it’s not available here yet…we need to bug the guys at Budweiser who distribute it…so not fair!
Fantastic flavors in the sandwich. What a great pairing with the ‘cidre’
Thank you my dear…and I did it!! Everyone loved the chicken even though I really tamed it a lot. Served over rice; it was DEVOhttps://creative-culinary.com/wp-admin/edit-comments.php#comments-formURED. Thank you…want to post but might make it again first!
Beautiful sandwich! I can’t wait to tart putting cranberries in everything as the weather gets cooler… I had he Stella cider in London tis summer and it was fabulous. Great pairing!
Me too Mimi…forget pumpkin; give me cranberries!
Wow…. I think this must be the ideal way to welcome in Autumn, my favorite season. Apples, cranberries, grilled cheese…. just perfect! This sounds like the kind of cider we get in Europe, which is a wonderful drink. I really love this so cool and flavorful sandwich!
Thanks Jamie…it was so simple and SO good. Really was a great pairing!
I haven’t had hard cider in ages. Some of the Canadian ones I’ve had in the past were good, but too many are too sweet. This stuff sounds interesting. More interesting is the sandwich. Brie and apples pair so well, and your mayo mixture looks killer. Good stuff! Thanks so much.
Thanks John; I’ve had this notion of doing this for too long; guess I just needed a nudge and this was it! I could eat the cranberry/mustard/mayo with a spoon.
This is so right up my alley!
Good to hear; hope you try it…and thanks for stopping by.
Which liquor store in Denver did you find this at? I haven’t seen it yet!
I knew this question would come…it’s not here yet! They sent me some but I expected it in Denver, guess Budweiser hasn’t opened it up here yet; hoping soon though.