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Cooking With Heinen’s | Grown up Grilled Cheese

Cooking With Heinen’s | Grown up Grilled Cheese

There is something nostalgic about a grilled cheese sandwich. For some it brings back memories of childhood. Weekend afternoons enjoying grilled cheese sandwiches made from Kraft cheese slices and white bread and maybe even tomato soup. Over time the grilled cheese sandwich has grown up with us and evolved. I think it’s safe to say it’s been perfected.

I grew up making grilled cheese sandwiches with butter. Over time with a little (ok a lot) of experimentation I’ve realized that a combination of Hellman’s Mayonnaise and butter makes a far better toasty, crispy edge on a grilled cheese sandwich. It also creates a better flavor and, believe it or not, the mixture makes a less greasy sandwich. I know, oh my gosh, mayo butter bread and cheese!  It’s a treat! You won’t eat it every day. Enjoy it! I added a salad to the images to create a bit of balance. Truth, my gang didn’t eat the salad but the sandwich was gone in an instant.

On the inside, the cheese selection has also matured. Step aside plastic-wrapped cheese food and make room for new combinations. Swiss, Gruyère de Comté, brie, cheddar, all good. Today I’m mixing a Comté with the Tulip Tree Nettle cheese. It is a chevre-like cheese laced with sage, mint and nettle leaves. The herbaceous flavor with the creamy richness of the soft cheese was unbelievably delicious. If Tulip Nettle is not available try Mackenzie Creamery Cognac Fig, Apricot Ginger or Sweet Fire Cups. All are uniquely outstanding.

As with the rest of the components of the classic grilled cheese the add-in list has grown. I’ve seen bacon or tomatoes on the menu for some time now but there are so many more flavor combos. Avocado + egg, prosciutto + arugula + sweet melon, bacon jam + hot honey to name just a few. Today I’m adding in caramelized onions and apricot jam.

Ideal cheese meltiness doesn’t happen quickly. To achieve perfectly toasty outside and a evenly melted interior you have to relax and cook it low and slow. Once it’s been flipped I like to cover it with an inverted metal mixing bowl and add a slight squirt of water to the pan surface before closing the makeshift lid to allow a bit of steam to aide in the melting process.

Your patience will be rewarded.

Nettle Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Apricot Jam


  • Two slices of crusty French bread per sandwich
  • Tulip Tree Nettle sliced cheese quantity depends on the size of your bread.
  • Comté sliced
  • Apricot jam
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh sage
  • 1Tbs helmans Mayonaise
  • 1 Tbs butter1 caramelized onion see note

Note: Caramelizing onions to a golden brown perfection is a labor of love. It to will not be done quickly. They can be done ahead of time. Used in sandwiches, soup, scrambled eggs, or onion dip. Sauté stirring frequently low and slow. I like to add a combo if olive oil and butter about a Tbs of each per onion. It may seem like forever 30-40 minutes before they start to brown. Don’t crowd the pan or they will steam and take even longer to brown. Once they start to brown keep going about 10 minutes longer to get the deep golden color. You’ll be happy you did.


Butter two pieces of bread, then spread mayo over the butter. lay one slice butter side down in a cold frying pan. Spread apricot jam on the clean side of the bread facing up. Add slices of the Tulip Nettle cheese. Note, if using Mackenzie Creamery cheese spread it onto the inside of the top slice of bread) add a bit of sage and a layer of caramelized onions. Then add the slices of Comté cheese. top with second piece of bread butter side up.

Turn on the heat to medium. When the bittom starts to become golden turn the heat to low. When golden brown (you’ll know by peaking) turn the sandwich carefully. cook the other side slowly. Splash a bit of water onto the cooking surface and cover quickly to allow steam to help the cheese to melt evenly.

When the cheese is melted and the second side is toasty brown remove from heat and enjoy.

About the Author

Photographer Sally Roeckell specializes in contemporary lifestyle portraiture with an emphasis on food photography. Her Blog, Table and Dish is a website devoted to celebrating and curating the many ways that food binds us. Sally hopes that her recipes and images will inspire you to gather your friends and family in the kitchen to make memories, use the time to connect with busy kids, chat over mixing bowls, get messy, laugh, sing, set the table, clear the table, pass the salt, debate the days topics and pray. You can follow her here as a weekly contributor to 365Barrington and Heinen’s as well as via Table and Dish on Instagram and on her website at

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Heinen’s Grocery is located at 500 N. Hough Street, between E. Main Street and Route 14 (next to Meatheads) in Barrington, Illinois. They’re open 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit

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