Roast Chicken, Apple and Brie Grilled Cheese

September 22, 2015 | | | | |

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Roast-Chicken-Apple-and-Brie-grilled-cheeseSoooo, it’s officially football season. I’m sure some of you are excited. That must be nice.

To be honest, I’m not handling it all that well. Over the years, my roommate and I have worked out a manageable routine for fooseball viewing, and it usually works. Unless we’re at a bar (where I can at least drink and converse with other disinterested parties), I nap, read or fickle around on my computer, while Logan watches various games on the living room TV. Despite our separate activities, it’s nice to be together on the couch.

Unfortunately, togetherness becomes difficult when the Eagles start “shitting the bed,” which they already have this season. I’ve mentioned before that I resent the birds’ negative effect on Logan’s personality, as their perpetually disappointing performance really brings out his inner rageaholic. Things got so bad on Sunday that I had to retreat to the bedroom to escape the endless expletives. God knows I’m not shy about profanity, but even I was offended.

Roast-Chicken-Apple-and-Brie-grilled-cheese-2Logan had actually planned to go to the Eagles game at the Meadowlands this weekend, which I was pumped about. He would have a lovely afternoon bonding with fellow Philly psychos, and I’d get a football-free Sunday. Win-win.

That’s no longer happening…

Roast-Chicken-Apple-and-Brie-grilled-cheese-3The dude called last night with “good news!!” Apparently he is now “available to hang” on Sunday because he’s “not paying money to watch a bunch of dicks,” and he “would rather light his hair on fire and run around than stand in that stadium.” Since I speak fluent Logan, I’m fully aware that “hang” does not mean talk, or even Netflix and chill. It simply means that he’s going to yell at said “bunch of dicks” for free in the comfort of our living room.

I’m going to wear earplugs and make grilled cheese.

Roast-Chicken-Apple-and-Brie-grilled-cheese-4Everyone has a go-to comfort food, and grilled cheese has always been mine. I’m a sucker for the sandwich, and while I’m in no way a GC snob (give me American cheese on white bread any day), I do love a good fancy version, like this epic Roast Chicken, Apple and Brie sitch.

Roast-Chicken-Apple-and-Brie-grilled-cheese-5I whipped up these bad boys last Saturday while Logan was watching the college foose, and after my first bite of sweet and savory deliciousness, I basically blacked out. Creamy melted Brie with tender chicken, the crunch and tart-sweetness of Granny Smith apples, and maple-tinged Dijon? Magical. In fact, for a few blissful minutes, I forgot about football season altogether. Great success!

I’m looking forward to eating these sandwiches on the reg for the next few months, especially since they’re so simple. I made mine with leftover roast chicken that I happened to have on hand (but you could easily roast a single chicken breast, or just use a store-bought rotisserie chicken), and things came together in about 15 minutes. Plus, you can always prep the sandos in advance, keep them covered in the fridge, and then cook them whenever the mood strikes. I threw a leftover grilled cheese in a pan when I got home from a wedding on Saturday night, and from what I remember, the 3:30am version was just as delightful as its 1pm predecessor. (In fact, Selena thought it was the best thing she’d ever eaten, but she tends to exaggerate.)

Roast-Chicken-Apple-and-Brie-grilled-cheese-6Yes, this grilled cheese is an excellent survival tool for football season, but it also makes an easy weeknight meal or weekend brunch. Serve it with a big green salad and a glass of cold/hot cider, and you’ve got quite the rustic fall feast.

And just because I feel weird ending a post about football without saying it…Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose!

p.s. I know some of you may be offended by my anti-football stance. I’m sorry. Please accept this grilled cheese as an apology.

Roasted Chicken, Apple and Brie Grilled Cheese: (Serves 4)

Roast-Chicken-Apple-and-Brie-grilled-cheese-7Ingredients:
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard (I used Grey Poupon)
1½ tablespoons whole grain Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
8 slices raisin bread (or bread of your choice)
12 ounces Brie cheese, rind removed and sliced
1 small Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced
1 large roasted chicken breast, shredded
2½ tablespoons softened butter

Preparing your Roasted Chicken, Apple and Brie Grilled Cheese:

-In a small bowl combine the mustards and maple syrup. Briefly set aside. (And yes, you can use 3½ tablespoons of one type of mustard if you like/have that on hand.)

Roast-Chicken-Apple-and-Brie-grilled-cheese-step-1-To assemble your sandwiches: Spread one side of each piece of bread with ½ tablespoon of maple mustard.

Roast-Chicken-Apple-and-Brie-grilled-cheese-step-2-Add a few slices of brie to each piece of bread.

Roast-Chicken-Apple-and-Brie-grilled-cheese-step-3-Top half of the slices with a layer of sliced apples, then top the apple slices with the roasted chicken.

Roast-Chicken-Apple-and-Brie-grilled-cheese-step-4-Close the sandwiches with the remaining slices of bread with brie, and spread both sides of each sandwich with a thin layer of softened butter.

Roast-Chicken-Apple-and-Brie-grilled-cheese-step-5-Pre-heat a large sauté pan or skillet over medium heat. When hot add the sandwiches. (Depending on the size of your pan, you’ll most likely have to do this in two batches) Cover with a lid and cook for about 3 minutes until the underside is golden brown. Carefully flip the sandwiches, cover, and cook for another three minutes until the second side is golden brown and the cheese is completely melted.

Roast-Chicken-Apple-and-Brie-grilled-cheese-step-6-Slice the sandwiches in half and serve immediately.

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27 Comments

  1. Melanie Jean Hoyle on September 18, 2017 at 8:56 am

    I nearly threw up whilst eating this. Something about the textures and flavour combination just wasn’t right.

  2. Barbara | Creative Culinary on September 24, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    One of my favorite combinations EVER; this looks amazing. And I feel for ya. My ex loved stupid, stupid, stupid, golf. Which he cursed at constantly. How is that love anyhow? 🙂

    • Serena_Wolf on September 25, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      Thank you, Barbara! Logan loves golf too–which I don’t mind quite as much, since it usually puts me straight to sleep…

  3. Kate on September 23, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    The late games are the worst–I always go to bed and cuddle with the dog, then he comes in around midnight or whatever and has to loudly give me a recap of the game. Also, I love a good grilled cheese, so this has got to happen!

    • Serena_Wolf on September 23, 2015 at 7:50 pm

      UGH the night games. I don’t even have a dog to cuddle with…

  4. Stephanie on September 22, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    This looks amazing!! Our boyfriends would be great friends, considering this sounds exactly like my life during Eagles season. Whenever they lose (especially so far this year…) I feel like I need to give him space then check in on his mental stability with the caution of approaching a wild bear.

    • Serena_Wolf on September 23, 2015 at 7:51 pm

      HAHA i’m so glad I’m not alone in this!! I’m hoping your bf at least has a decent college team (the Buffs also suck, so Logan is pretty much inconsolable from sept-jan).

  5. CakePants on September 22, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    That sandwich looks almost *obscenely* delicious, and I’m stoked that I currently have all these ingredients in my kitchen! I wouldn’t have thought to combine mustard with apples and cheese, but it sounds like absolute perfection. I’m definitely not offended by your anti-football stance – in fact, I would be one of those fellow disinterested people at the bar. Cheers!

    • Serena_Wolf on September 23, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      Thank you! I feel like my anti-football stance causes less issues than my fear of dogs and babies, but it still ruffles some feathers. Thrilled we’re in the same boat, and you must make this sandwich STAT.

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