I was given the option to use either Land O Lakes® Deli American Cheese or 4 Cheese Italian Blend. The 4 Cheese Italian Blend immediately called out to me with its savory mix of Asiago, Parmesan, Romano and American cheese. When I visited the deli counter at my local grocery store I sampled this cheese and was immediately blown away by its rich flavor and creamy smooth texture. I knew immediately that I wanted to pair it with onion confit, balsamic glaze and challah bread.
Challah is another comfort food from my childhood and I thought it would be a perfect choice for this grilled cheese. Thick, soft and slightly sweet with an egg-washed crust, it really doesn’t get any better than Challah. It provides the perfect bed for oozing cheese, bitter sweet caramelized onions and tangy balsamic glaze. If you’ve never worked with balsamic glaze, it can be found at most grocery stores right next to regular balsamic vinegar. It’s a thicker, syrupy version that makes a perfect drizzle on top of cheese. If you are unable to find balsamic glaze you can easily make your own by simmering balsamic vinegar in a saucepan until it reduces to a syrup.
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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Land O’Lakes as part of the Kitchen Play Sidecar series. All opinions given are my own.
Challah Grilled Cheese with Onion Confit and Balsamic Glaze
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 medium yellow onion, sliced thin
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup water, or more as needed
- 2 tablespoons balsamic glaze, divided (or more to taste)
- 4 slices challah
- 1-2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 10 slices Land O'Lakes 4 Cheese Italian Blend Deli Cheese
- Heat olive oil on low in a large skillet. Add the onions with a pinch of salt. Sweat the onions, stirring, until they begin to caramelize. Turn up the heat to medium-low. Once a brown glaze has formed on the bottom of the skillet, pour approximately 2-3 tablespoons of water into the pan to deglaze and use a spatula to scrape up the brown bits and stir them into the onions. Repeat this glazing and deglazing process until the onions have been thoroughly caramelized and taste both sweet and bitter, approximately 25-35 minutes. Use more or less water as needed. Set the caramelized onions aside.
- Lightly butter all 4 slices of challah and place them on a clean skillet over medium heat to lightly brown on one side. Once browned, it's time to build the sandwich: Flip the bread so that the toasted side is facing up. As the other side begins to toast, layer 2 slices of bread each with 5 slices of Land O'Lakes 4 Cheese Italian Blend Deli Cheese. Divide the caramelized onions on top of the cheese and follow with a generous drizzle of balsamic glaze. Close each sandwich and continue cooking until both sides are golden brown and the cheese is melted.
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