Cheddar and Apple Grilled Cheese

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A sophisticated grilled cheese that kids and adults adore!

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Savory meets sweet in this fiber-rich recipe that is great for both kids and adults alike! Rich cheddar cheese, crisp sweet apple, and seedy whole wheat bread make up this delectable sandwich– perfect for lunches, dinners, and even snacks. Our cheddar and apple grilled cheese will forever change the way you think about grilled cheese sandwiches!

Kid-Friendly Meets Gourmet

Savory cheese meets sweet apple in this super satisfying grilled cheese sandwich!

Get your fill of nostalgia from this recipe while enjoying a gourmet twist of complex flavors. We take the classic grilled cheese sandwich and replace sticky American cheese with rich, sharp cheddar cheese, crisp red apple, and a hint of balsamic vinegar. We’ve also gone with a rustic, seedy whole grain bread over the classic sliced white bread to round out the tastes and textures of this dish. All of these delicious ingredients come together to offer a delectable twist on one of the best comfort foods out there. 

An Apple a Day…

Whip this yummy sandwich up for lunch or dinner!

Here at Skinny Ms., we always focus on not only delicious, but also healthy recipes, and this one is no exception. The featured food in this sammie is the classic apple- but it’s classic for a reason! It is a powerhouse of nutrients like fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants. When consumed as part of a healthy diet, apples can help protect against serious diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and more.

Get This Cheese and Apple Sandwich Grilling 

Who knew a recipe so simple could be so sophisticated and delicious!

Begin this recipe by heating a grill pan or skillet over medium heat. Meanwhile, spread the butter on one side of each slice of bread, then flip it and drizzle the other side with balsamic vinegar. You can use as little or as much as you’d like. Layer 2 slices of bread (balsamic side up) with shredded cheese, then apple slices, then a bit more cheese to make sure each side will be cheesy. Then, top with the remaining slices to create sandwiches.

Note: we used shredded cheese in this recipe because it melts faster and more evenly than full slices. Shredded cheese will add more gooey-ness to your sandwich, and when it comes to grilled cheese, the gooey-er, the better!

Place the sandwiches on the skillet (butter side out) and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the bread has turned golden and crispy. Flip and cook for another 3 or 4 minutes, making sure the cheese has melted. Cut into the ooey-gooey sandwich and bask in the creamy deliciousness!

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Cheddar and Apple Grilled Cheese

This surprisingly sophisticted sandwich is simple to make and offers a wonderful balance of sweet and savory flavors.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 2 people
Serving Size 1 sandwich
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • balsamic vinegar drizzle
  • 4 whole wheat bread slices rustic, seedy type
  • 2 ounces sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 red apple sliced thinly


  • Heat a skillet or pan over medium heat.
  • Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread. Flip and drizzle the other side with balsamic vinegar.
  • Layer cheese, then apple slices, then a bit more cheese to the side with the balsamic vinegar.
  • Top with the remaining bread slices, so that the butter is facing out on both sides.
  • Place on the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes or until the bread has turned golden and crispy. Flip and cook for another 3-4 minutes, making sure the cheese has melted.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1sandwich | Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 451mg | Potassium: 266mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 510IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 271mg | Iron: 2mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 13
Keywords Kid-Friendly, Vegetarian

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Kelsey Butler, MS, RDN

Kelsey Butler is a Registered Dietitian and recipe developer. From a young age, Kelsey found a love for creating delicious recipes. Now, with a Master's in Nutritional Sciences, Kelsey uses her culinary skills to create healthy and unique recipes for many different diets. She is passionate about creating a healthy relationship with all foods and recipes that everyone can enjoy. Kelsey has a passion for cooking, but she also enjoys the outdoors, staying active, and traveling. She is currently living with her partner in New Zealand.

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