Recipe of the Week | Grilled Cheddar Cheese Sandwich with Apple Chutney

Grilled Cheddar Cheese with Apple Chutney | Photo Credit Randolph Graham

You are tired of cooking and want a break from the kitchen but your family and/or holiday guests expect even more from you in the kitchen. What do you do?

Do what I do. Tell them that they are getting cold cereal for breakfast and that you are making reservations for dinner. Then around noon, fix this easy and very tasty grilled sandwich that will hold them until dinnertime.

This grilled sandwich starts with a good sharp cheddar cheese layered on fresh slices of sour dough French bread. A layer of apple chutney on top of the cheese provides the perfect complement to the bite of the sharp cheddar.



1/3 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)

8 slices sour dough French bread (pre-sliced round loaf)

16 slices sharp cheddar cheese

1 cup apple chutney



Preheat a grill or large pan on medium heat.

Butter one side of four slices of bread. Place buttered side down on the grill (or pan). Place four slices of cheese on the bread within the grill. Place ¼ cup chutney on the cheese and top off with another slice of bread, buttered side out. Grill for about 3 minutes on one side and then turn over.  Grill for another three minutes or until the cheese is melted.

That’s it! Cut sandwiches in half and place on a large serving plate family style. Let everyone fend for themselves as far as something to drink. Then silently slip out of the room before they clamor for more. You deserve a break.

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Chef Randy has been a vegetarian for over 40 years and eats local and organic grain, fresh fruit, and vegetables as much as possible. He is known locally as the “Healthy Chef.” His column, Chef Randy, is syndicated in California newspapers. See his website at for more recipes.


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