Melty, savory brie, with lightly sweetened, golden onions…it’s not healthy, it’s just a great idea! As much as I’d love to take credit, this recipe was inspired by a delicious crepe I had at Crepes of Brittany, a quaint crepe shop in the heart of beautiful Monterey, California.
I’m a firm believer of all things in moderation. For me this consists of occasional treats, preferably made at home with high quality ingredients and love. Deprivation has never worked for me and I’ve actually lost weight since giving up my all or nothing mind set. I still love going to the gym at least 3 times a week, but I’ve started supplementing my strength training workouts with lots of walking and Pilates. This moderation mindset has allowed me to enjoy things I love, like brie and a good glass of cabernet sauvignon, while preserving my physique and feeling great.
This recipe is all about moderation and enjoying a really really good grilled cheese sandwich with no guilt and immense pleasure. Sure, you can try to “health” this up with quinoa-flax-gluten-free-fiber-bread and vegan brie soy cheese, but why would you want to?? This simple combination of great, real ingredients is so delicious and satisfying, that you can easily enjoy it in moderation without a shadow of deprivation in sight.
- 1 large yellow onion (sliced)
- 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 C water
- 2 slices of brie per sandwich
- 6-8 slices sliced sourdough bread (use the highest quality you can find-check out Trader Joe's for great bread at a fair price)
- Heat a large skillet or dutch oven over medium high heat and add the olive oil and onions.
- Season the onions with salt and add the water.
- Cover the pot and reduce the heat to medium for 15-20minutes, until the onions have released all their moisture and they are softened.
- Uncover the pot and lower the heat to medium low.
- Allow the onions to caramelized, stirring occasionally, until they are slightly golden brown and limp (10-15minutes).
- You can add 1 tsp of brown sugar to the onions to help the process if you're feeling impatient.
- Once the onions are golden brown (this can take up to 30min…it's worth it), heat a nonstick pan over medium high heat.
- Place two slices of bread on the pan and heat on one side.
- Flip the slices of bread over and place one slice of brie on either side with a mound of onions on one side.
- Sandwich the bread together, rub some butter on the outsides of the bread and cook over medium heat until the brie is melted and the exterior of the bread is crisp and golden brown.
- I like to press the sandwich down with a spatula or weigh it down with a dutch oven to create a panini effect.
- Slice the sandwich in half to display the delicious filling and enjoy!