Apple Sage Grilled Cheese

A fancy fall grilled cheese that's sweet and savory. Delicious for a quick weeknight dinner.

Apple Sage Grilled Cheese

Of course you don’t need a recipe for grilled cheese, but I just HAVE to share this simple combo because it’s so so delicious. This is the sort of thing that I love to make when I don’t feel like spending time in the kitchen but I also don’t feel like leaving the house.

Sweet, soft apples, savory sage, red onion, and a good slather of grainy mustard – all between melty cheese (or vegan cheese) and bread. I think this might be my favorite sandwich assembly to date, I just love the sweet and salty mix. Make these with a bowl of soup and you have perfect week-after-Thanksgiving couch food.

Apple Sage Grilled Cheese

But before you head to the couch – be sure to checkout Monday’s cookbook & grocery giveaway post if you haven’t already!

Apple Sage Grilled Cheese

5.0 from 4 reviews

Apple Sage Grilled Cheese

Serves: serves 4
  • 8 slices of bread
  • 1 tablespoon grainy mustard (I likeSir Kensington’s Spicy Brown)
  • 2 to 3 cups grated white cheddar, Gruyère or Daiya cheese
  • ¼ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 apple, thinly sliced
  • 16 sage leaves
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for grilling
  1. Assemble 4 slices of bread with a slather of mustard. Add some of the cheese, the red onions, apple slices and sage leaves. Top with the remaining cheese.
  2. Preheat a grill pan over medium heat. Brush the outsides of the sandwich with olive oil and grill on each side until the cheese is melted.



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  1. Alexis

    YUM! I was looking for a simple recipe to use up some leftover fresh sage and this was perfect.

  2. Yummmm!! I could really go for one today!! I like the look of this! I’m a big smoked cheese follower but this looks like something different to attempt and extremely easy!

  3. Gary Sanders

    I just made this sandwich. Oh my goodness. Those apples take it to another level.

  4. Two thumbs up for the onion and grainy mustard addition! Thanks for the simple inspiration. I see this coming in handy for times I need a no-cook meal but want to stay in.

  5. Just perfect for brunch ! Great idea ! Thank you !

  6. Tiffa

    I really like the combination of apple & sage.. I never thought of using it in a grilled cheese sandwich! I’ll try this out for lunch. Thank you! <3

  7. Rachael from

    I love the look of this! I’m a HUGE grilled cheese fan but this looks like something different to try and very easy!

    Rachael xx.

  8. Do you just put the raw sage inside? I remember Gordon Ramsey or someone saying to NEVER eat raw sage. I personally don’t mind it!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      It all gets cooked once you assemble and grill the sandwich 🙂

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