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Brie, Apple and Cranberry Grilled Cheese

Craving grilled cheese?  Here’s a new kind of grilled cheese with a secret ingredient:  Brie, Apple and Cranberry Grilled Cheese

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The boys in my house almost always ask me to make grilled cheese sandwiches for them on the weekends.  My go-to method is good bread, good butter, sharp cheddar and sliced tomato.  They love the usual, but I asked them if they’d be willing to try something a little different last weekend.  After eyeing me suspiciously, they tentatively agreed.

Grilled Cheese

Here are all of the goodies I used in my new grilled cheese sandwich recipe.  A (very smart) friend told me a long time ago that there was a trick to making a really amazing grilled cheese sandwich: brush the bread with (secret ingredient reveal) white wine.  Why I’ve never tried it until now is a big mystery.  I chose a hearty sourdough bread that would be able to take on a decent brush of wine without getting soggy, and I brushed Barefoot Sauvignon Blanc on one side and buttered the other side.

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Butter-side-down on a hot skillet, I topped my bread slice with soft brie and honeycrisp apple slices…

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…then spread some whole cranberry sauce on top.  The other slice of bread placed on top (wine-brushed-side-down).  Skillet cook until the bread is golden and the brie is beginning to melt, then flip and toast the other side too.

Brie Apple and Cranberry Grilled Cheese Recipe

The result is a gooey grilled cheese filled with tangy brie, cranberry and the crunch of apple.  The wine brushed on the bread lends a nice flavor to the sandwich as well.

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And of course if you have wine INSIDE your sandwich, you simply must have wine WITH your sandwich too, right?  I paired my husband’s sandwich with a chilled glass of Barefoot’s Sauvignon Blanc- their fruity, dry wine  was a nice treat to accompany a Saturday afternoon lunch!

The verdict:  My boys both enjoyed my new version of grilled cheese very much.  My husband declared it as “restaurant quality,” which is a very big deal in our house!  It’s the perfect fall-themed grilled cheese sandwich recipe.

Yield: 2 sandwiches

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Brie, Apple and Cranberry Grilled Cheese


  • 4 sturdy slices sourdough bread (not super soft)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • One 750ml. bottle Barefoot Sauvignon Blanc, chilled
  • 8 ounce wedge of brie (chilled), rind removed, cut into thin pieces
  • 1 medium honeycrisp apple, cut into thin slices
  • 1/2 cup whole berry cranberry sauce


  1. Butter the four slices of bread.  Brush the other side with Sauvignon Blanc.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Place two slices of bread butter-side-down on the skillet.  Top each slice with brie pieces, sliced apple and cranberry sauce.  Place the other slices of bread on top- butter-side-up. Place a lid  on top of the skillet.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and let the sandwiches toast on the bottom.  When the cheese looks like it's beginning to melt, take the lid off the skillet and use a spatula to check under the sandwiches.  When they're golden brown, flip them gently.  Toast the other side of the sandwich until golden brown.  Serve and eat immediately with a glass of chilled Sauvignon Blanc!

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  1. postedNov 12, 2015 4:48 AM

    Ooh, LOVE this sweet take on the classic grilled cheese!

  2. postedNov 12, 2015 7:11 AM

    I like the uniqueness of this recipe. Maybe through some Thanksgiving turkey in there and make this for leftovers! (I’m always thinking ahead)

  3. postedNov 12, 2015 10:58 AM

    My favorite thing to make grilled cheese sandwiches even better is to spread a light layer of whipped cream cheese on the inside of the bread. It makes it soooo creamy!

  4. postedNov 12, 2015 12:15 PM

    How fitting to post a brie recipe while you’re in France! Also – so perfect for leftover cranberry sauce! This looks absolutely amazing. Thanks for linking to my grilled cheese! 

  5. postedNov 13, 2015 5:01 AM

    Oh my. I’m going to gain like 50 pounds now. Thanks! 🙂 This looks SO AMAZING!

  6. postedNov 16, 2015 4:51 AM

    What an awesome looking treat!! I bet it’s delicious!

  7. postedNov 16, 2015 5:07 AM

    Shut the front door!  Wine in your grilled cheese??  That is absolute genius!  This is totality kind of grilled cheese.  I love a good bottle of Barefoot!  Absolutely delicious without breaking the bank.  It’s my go to when I’m making a big pitcher of sangria!

  8. postedNov 16, 2015 6:12 AM

    I’m a grilled cheese fiend and have never tried adding wine to my brushing technique. Game changer!

  9. postedNov 16, 2015 6:52 AM

    You’re speaking my language with the brie and cranberries. And I love the white wine trick, I must try this!

  10. postedNov 16, 2015 10:03 AM

    White wine on the grilled cheese bread? Fabulous! I actually made a red wine/cranberry/brie/turkey panini yesterday. Luckily I still have most of the ingredients to try your version! I am so excited to have a bonafide research reason for eating grilled cheese. For that, I say thank you. 😉

  11. postedNov 16, 2015 10:55 AM

    looove me a grilled cheese and especially this one!

  12. postedNov 16, 2015 7:17 PM

    Now, this is a sandwich! I love this flavor combo, perfect any day if you ask me and with wine, even BETTER!!!

  13. postedNov 20, 2015 3:48 PM

    Um, who needs Thanksgiving when you’ve got a sandwich like this and a glass of Barefoot wine??

  14. postedNov 21, 2015 12:13 AM

    Umm, grilled cheese brushed with wine?! That sounds amazing!! I can handle that. 

  15. postedNov 21, 2015 7:03 AM

    Not going to lie – I love eating grilled cheese for dinner as there are so many combinations you can do! And of course being an adult, a glass of Barefoot Wine is a bonus too 😉

  16. postedNov 20, 2016 10:59 AM

    I’m turning this tasty sandwich into an appetizer for Thanksgiving dinner. I’m making mini sandwiches using thin slices of baguette instead of the sourdough bread.

    • postedNov 20, 2016 4:28 PM

      great idea!

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