Caramelized Onion & BBQ Grilled Cheese


Caramelized Onion & BBQ Grilled Cheese | jollycrumbs.com

My favorite sandwich is the grilled cheese. It’s a simple sandwich, but I have always loved the grilled cheese. It’s hard to hate on melty cheese stuffed between two toasty pieces of bread. Over the years, I have experimented with different kinds of cheese, breads, and fillings for my grilled cheeses. I’m pleased to say I made the most delicious and simple grilled cheese this week.

This grilled cheese doesn’t require anything particularly fancy. It is pretty straightforward and easy to make. I caramelized onions in a pan on the stove, and added them to a grilled cheese. The grilled cheese had two slices of provolone cheese and some BBQ sauce. That’s it. You may think this doesn’t sound that great. This sandwich is everything I had hoped for. I promise you, this is an amazing grilled cheese. I am so upset that I haven’t made this before now. I will continue to make this sandwich from now on whenever I want a grilled cheese. 

Caramelized Onion & BBQ Grilled Cheese | jollycrumbs.com

The first step to this recipe is to caramelize the onions. Heat no calorie spray butter in a skillet or sauté pan over medium heat. You can alternatively use butter, margarine, or oil to caramelize the onions. I prefer to use no calorie spray butter because it cuts down on unneeded calories. The onions will need to sauté for 10 to 15 minutes until they turn slightly brown and sweeten up. Once they caramelize remove them from the heat and set aside.

Caramelized Onion & BBQ Grilled Cheese | jollycrumbs.com

Once your onions are caramelized, next comes the actual assembly of the grilled cheese. Start by getting a large griddle pan or sauté pan hot over medium heat. Spread your BBQ  on two slices of bread. So, you will put one tablespoon of BBQ sauce on one piece and one tablespoon on another slice of bread. Spray the other two pieces of bread with no calorie butter spray or nonstick cooking spray (you can also use butter if you choose). I like using no calorie spray butter because it doesn’t take away anything from the flavors of this grilled cheese. Place the buttered sides of the two pieces of bread down in the hot pan so they start toasting first.

Caramelized Onion & BBQ Grilled Cheese | jollycrumbs.com

Once your buttered bread is down on the hot pan, add a slice of provolone to each piece bread. Then top with some caramelized onions (I used half of the onions on each sandwich, but add them how you see fit). Next, add the second piece of provolone on top of the onions on each sandwich. To finish off the sandwich, top with the piece of bread with the BBQ sauce on it. Make sure to place the BBQ sauce side down on the sandwich so the BBQ sauce isn’t on the outside. You will spray the top piece of bread with no calorie spray butter so it can get toasted when you flip the sandwich. Grill each side of the sandwich until it is golden brown and the provolone has melted completely. So, you will end up with provolone cheese, caramelized onions, and BBQ sauce deliciously melted together between two toasted pieces of bread. You really can’t go wrong with how you put this sandwich together.

Caramelized Onion & BBQ Grilled Cheese | jollycrumbs.com

I am not ashamed to say I wish I could eat a hundred of these sandwiches. I love this grilled cheese. It really is one of the best sandwiches I have ever made or eaten. It is so simple, yet all the flavors are made for each other. Also, these sandwiches aren’t bad in the calorie department, as they are less calories than restaurant grilled cheeses. I can guarantee this grilled cheese is far superior to restaurant ones. You can easily throw this sandwich together in 20 minutes. It is so simple and delicious; I cannot wait to eat more of these sandwiches in the weeks to follow. You need this grilled cheese in your life, I promise.


Caramelized Onion & BBQ Grilled Cheese
Total calories: 540
Servings: 2 sandwiches

 Ingredients:

  • 4 slices 45 calorie bread (or bread of your choosing)
  • 4 slices provolone (or your choice of cheese)
  • 2 tbsp BBQ sauce (or more if you want it saucier)
  • 1 tbsp no calorie butter spray (or use 1 tbsp butter, margarine, or oil)
  • 1 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • No calorie butter spray or nonstick oil spray for spraying on bread to grill

Directions:

  1. Heat the tablespoon of no calorie butter over medium heat. When it gets hot, add in the red onion. Sauté the red onion until it turns slightly brown and has a sweet taste- about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove onions and set aside.
  2. Heat a griddle pan or large sauté pan over medium heat. Spread 1 tablespoon of BBQ sauce on one slice of bread, and spread the other tablespoon of BBQ sauce on another slice of bread. Spray the two plain bread slices on one side with no calorie spray butter or nonstick oil spray. Place those slices in the hot pan.
  3. Lay one slice of provolone cheese on top of each slice of bread in the pan. Then, scoop half of the caramelized onions on to each piece of provolone. Lay the last pieces of provolone on top of each pile of caramelized onions. Then, top with the BBQ sauce covered bread, with the BBQ sauce side towards the cheese.
  4. Spray the outside piece of bread with no calorie butter or nonstick oil spray. Grill the sandwich on both sides until golden brown and cheese has melted completely.
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