October 10, 2012

Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese {Naptime Everyday}

Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese via The Naptime Chef

The funny thing about baby on board is that I’ve eliminated snacking in favor of bigger meals. When I am not pregnant I usually am content nibbling on some baked oatmeal for breakfast, having a poached egg on pesto cheese toast for lunch, and a container of Greek yogurt between meals. However, when I am pregnant this is simply not enough. For lunches I’ve been making two soft boiled eggs and eating them with whole wheat toast and just last week I made this awesome caramelized onion grilled cheese.

I don’t typically caramelize onions expressly for lunch but I was already doing it for another recipe so I had a few extra to use up. With them on hand all I had to do was scoop them onto slice of country bread, top them with a few slices of swiss cheese (my personal favorite, thought other cheeses would work well, too) and grill them on the stovetop.


Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese

makes 1


2 slices country bread, or any thin bread that toasts well
½ cup caramelized onions or shallots
3 slices thinly sliced swiss cheese (or thinly sliced cheese of choice)
1 tablespoon butter


1. Melt ½ of the butter over medium heat in a skillet that is large enough to fit the bread. Assemble the sandwich by layering the caramelized onions, followed by the cheese (slightly overlapping), and topping it with the second slice of bread.

2. Place the sandwich in the melted butter and place a heavy object on top of it to press the bread down. I like to use my tea kettle (not the electric one) filled with water. Allow the sandwich to toast on one side on medium-low heat for about five minutes, or until the bread is golden brown. Flip the sandwich and add the rest of the butter to the pan. At this point you probably won’t need to put the kettle on top. But, if the sandwich is not compact enough go ahead and do so. Toast until the bread is golden brown, about five more minutes, serve.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

For a simple lunch this is best served with a side of greens or, in our case, cut up vegetables for a mid-day crudite!

Naptime Stopwatch

5 minutes prep time, 10 minutes cook time

Naptime Reviews

This cheesy, oniony delight is just the thing for a hearty pregnancy lunch.

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5 Responses to “Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese {Naptime Everyday}”

  1. Adelaide says:

    Yum! Have been craving grilled cheeses and quesadillas nonstop! Will have try this one 🙂

  2. In your experience, how long do caramelized onions last in the fridge, and how well do they freeze? I’m thinking of making a big batch, and would love to use some and store the rest 🙂

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