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Grilled Beer Cheese Sandwich

Grilled Beer Cheese Sandwich

It’s time for the Crazy Cooking Challenge and this month the challenge was to find another blogger’s recipe for Grilled Cheese and make it and blog about, posting it TODAY! I was so sad because I forgot … until Tina said I have all night to make one and get it posted! So yes, I’m in a bit of a scramble to make my sandwich, but I found the PERFECT recipe …

It’s one of my favorite favorite soups … but in a sandwich! Ooh yes! Beer & cheese! What could be better? and OMG this is some serious goodness on a sandwich. Heaven on bread …

Grilled Beer Cheese Sandwich

I should have known, but wasn’t quite prepared for the sweetness of the onion, which, since I didn’t have any beer bread, I caramelized in dark beer. The combination of that sweetness with the spicy garlic peppercorn mustard I used & the sharp cheddar cheese and then that crunch factor from the toasted bread. I just wasn’t ready for this taste explosion, even after sampling quite a few of the onions as I cooked. I grabbed a Leinenkugel Creamy Dark for this … one of my favorites from Leinenkugel.

Grilled Beer Cheese Sandwich

Grilled Beer Cheese Sandwich

Adapted from Honest Fare

  • Thinly sliced yellow onion (I cut up the whole onion, since I know how much they cook down when you caramelize them)
  • 1/2 cup dark beer
  • Olive oil and/or butter
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Some fresh oregano (I used several sprigs from my little plant)
  • Beer bread … but I don’t have any beer bread! So I used French …
  • Sharp cheddar cheese
  • Garlic Peppercorn (or Dijon) mustard


  1. Heat a frying pan over medium heat, add about 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil and swirl around to coat the bottom of the pan. Add the onions and cover to cook for a minute or two.
  2. Uncover the pan and stir, stir, stir. When the onions start to brown and stick to the pan, add a splash of beer, cover for a minute, then uncover and stir until the beer is evaporated. Add another splash of beer and do that whole thing again. I did this four times.
  3. Once the beer is gone, add a splash of worcestershire sauce and continue to cook and stir those onions until they are totally limp and caramelized. Season with a little sprinkle of salt and some freshly ground pepper and fresh oregano leaves.
  4. Spread one side of bread with a thin layer of mustard, cover with sliced cheese, a healthy pile of onions, then more cheese and the other side of bread.
  5. Heat a clean pan over medium-low heat and add about a teaspoon of butter and a teaspoon of olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan.
  6. Set the sandwiches in the pan, cover and cook for just a few minutes till brown on the bottom, then flip, cover and cook for a few minutes till brown on the other side and the cheese is melted.
  7. Enjoy! It’s best with a cold, dark beer, of course!

Grilled Beer Cheese Sandwich


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This recipe was also shared at Totally Tasty TuesdaysTuesday Talent Show,  Cast Party WednesdaysTastetastic Thursday and Newlyweds Recipe Linky.

20 responses

  1. That does it. I needn’t waste any more of my time looking at grilled cheese recipes. This is THE one! The sight of the cheese and caramelized onions oozing out from their hiding place could possibly be mesmerizing… don’t you think? xoxoxo dear Ann! You ROCK!

    May 7, 2012 at 6:14 pm

  2. Heather

    Your pictures are amazing!

    May 7, 2012 at 7:01 pm

  3. Ann, wow, the best for last, this sandwich is amazing and your pictures are incredible as usual!

    May 7, 2012 at 7:24 pm

  4. Wow, this is an amazing sandwich. The onions are a great addition to the grilled cheese.

    May 7, 2012 at 7:42 pm

  5. Yay! Glad you got in on the challenge! This sounds amazing!!

    May 7, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    • Ann

      Tina encouraged me to go for it! Isn’t she awesome?

      May 7, 2012 at 8:34 pm

  6. Sounds amazing! Pinning. #76

    May 7, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    • Ann

      Thank you Terry! I’ll be stopping over to see yours soon too:)

      May 8, 2012 at 7:43 am

  7. southernfairytale

    I am intrigued! I think I need to try this, I’m all about beer battered – beer braised and anything caramelized onion😉

    May 7, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    • Ann

      I know, right? Me too … Beer just makes things taste better!

      May 8, 2012 at 7:45 am

  8. Grilled Beer Cheese Sandwich? YUM!! It looks so, so good. I love beer cheese soup, too. Will definitely need to give this a try! This one and the jalapeno popper grilled cheese are the ones that jumped out at me the most. How hot are the jalapenos after they’ve been baked? I’ll bet the cheese and bread help.

    May 7, 2012 at 11:17 pm

  9. What in the? Sorry, I’m not sure why I asked you about the jalapeno popper grilled cheese! I know that recipe’s on a different blog. Guess I just got excited😀 Can’t wait to try the Grilled Beer Cheese anyway😀

    May 7, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    • Ann

      LOL that’s ok. There’s grilled cheese sandwiches all over the place today! I am thinking a jalapeno popper grilled cheese needs to happen in my near future …:)

      May 8, 2012 at 7:47 am

  10. Genius.

    May 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    • Ann

      Thank you so much, Crunchy:)

      May 8, 2012 at 8:04 pm

  11. What a great combination for a Grilled Cheese, it looks delicious!

    May 8, 2012 at 8:45 pm

  12. Oh my does that look good! I could just smell those onions as I was reading your recipe!!!

    May 8, 2012 at 9:04 pm

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  14. I dont know how I missed this on when I was going through the links. This looks and sounds so good. I’m pinning so I can make it soon.
    THanks for sharing
    Dawn -ccc#45

    May 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm

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