Gruyere Grilled Cheese

Remember that tomato soup from last week?  Well this grilled cheese is an amazing accompaniment.  Gruyere is the best melty cheese for sandwiches, in my opinion.  And the sautéed shallots are a great addition to the usual cheese and bread combo.  Try it!
you will need:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
¾ cup shallots, sliced ¼-inch thick
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
salt and pepper
4 ½-inch thick slices of good quality bread
8 oz Gruyere cheese, sliced

Preheat oven to 400°.  Heat butter in a saucepan over high heat.  When the butter begins to foam, add the shallots, thyme, salt and pepper.  Cook, stirring continuously, until shallots begin to soften and caramelize, about 4 to 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and set aside.

Heat a large heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat.  Working in 2 batches, add 1 tablespoon of butter, coating the bottom of the pan.  Add 2 slices of bread and cook until golden brown and crisp on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Transfer the bread, toasted side down, to a rimmed baking sheet.  Repeat with remaining butter and bread slices.

Divide cheese evenly among bread slices and top with cooked shallots.  Place baking sheet in oven and bake until cheese if melted, about 7 to 8 minutes.  Press 2 pieces of bread together, melted cheese sides in.  Bite, enjoy, repeat!

makes: 2 sandwiches
time: 20 minutes
from: Bon Appetit Magazine – September 2012

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