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4 grilled cheeses stacked on each other on wooden board with cheese dripping out

Brie Grilled Cheese

If you've never made a grilled cheese using brie, you haven't quite lived yet. This Brie Grilled Cheese is easy to make and bursting with flavour!
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Course: lunch
Cuisine: American, French
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 4 sandwiches
Calories per serving: 439kcal
Author: Chris
Cost per serving: £1.50 / $2

Equipment

  • Large Non-Stick Pan & Wooden Spoon
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Spatula/Turner

Ingredients

Grilled Cheese

  • 8 small-medium slices of White Bread (Sourdough works great)
  • 1x 9oz/250g round block of Brie, sliced into 12 wedges
  • few pinches of Fresh Thyme (optional)
  • Butter, as needed

Caramelized Onions

  • 1lb / 500g Onions
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tbsp Butter (or more oil)
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Caramelized Onions: Add oil and butter to a large non stick pan over medium heat, then add in onions. Fry for around 15mins, or until they start to soften. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Turn heat to low-medium then continue frying until they start to naturally caramelize and turn golden (another 10-15mins). Add in balsamic vinegar & brown sugar, turn to low heat and continue frying until soft, deep golden and sticky (15mins+). Don't let then catch on the pan and go crisp at any point, low and slow is the aim of the game here. If they brown at any point just lower the heat (see notes).
  • Grilled Cheese: Wipe out pan and add two slices of bread with the heat OFF. Spread with butter then flip so they're butter-side-down. Add 3 wedges of brie each (or enough to cover), top with a dollop of onions and finish with a few pinches of fresh thyme (optional).
  • Fry: Top each with another slice of bread and spread with butter. Turn heat to a medium and fry both sides until golden, with the brie just starting to spill out. Repeat with second batch and enjoy!

Quick Demo

Notes

a) Caramelized Onions - Caramelizing onions is a labour of love, so don't rush the process. You need to gently fry low and slow to draw out the natural sugar in the onions. I recommend making a big batch in advance to make it worth your time, for all the extra tips and tricks visit my full post on Caramelizing Onions!
b) Can I sub Camembert? - Camembert does have a more pungent flavour than brie, but if you know you like it then for all intents and purposes it'll work just as well as brie!
c) What other Brie combos can I make? - You can sub the onions with any sort of jam or chutney that goes nicely with brie (cranberry sauce works amazingly, as does blackberry jam). You can also add bacon to balance out the flavours with some saltiness. 
d) Calories - per sandwich, assuming 8 tsp salted butter is used to spread sandwich (one tsp per side).
Nutrition Facts
Brie Grilled Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 439 Calories from Fat 239
% Daily Value*
Fat 26.54g41%
Saturated Fat 15.206g95%
Trans Fat 0.012g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.564g
Monounsaturated Fat 8.256g
Cholesterol 74mg25%
Sodium 649mg28%
Potassium 295mg8%
Carbohydrates 32.48g11%
Fiber 2.1g9%
Sugar 11.96g13%
Protein 17.81g36%
Vitamin A 570IU11%
Vitamin C 5.8mg7%
Calcium 203mg20%
Iron 2.26mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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