Brie, Apple and Cranberry Grilled Cheese

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

Brie Apple and Cranberry Grilled Cheese

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 they totally agreed to try this Brie Apple and Cranberry Grilled Cheese.

Grilled Cheese Ingredients

How to make Brie Apple and Cranberry Grilled Cheese:

Here are all of the goodies I use in this fabulous 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 like to use a hearty sourdough bread that’s able to take on a decent brush of wine without getting soggy. I brush Sauvignon Blanc on one side and butter the other side.

Making Brie Apple and Cranberry Grilled Cheese

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

Making Brie Apple and Cranberry Grilled Cheese

…then spread some whole cranberry sauce on top.  The other slice of bread is 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

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

Brie Apple and Cranberry Grilled Cheese

What to serve with Brie Apple and Cranberry Grilled Cheese:

Since you have wine INSIDE of your sandwich, you simply must have wine WITH your sandwich too, right?  I pair my husband’s sandwich with a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc- this fruity, dry wine is a nice treat to accompany an afternoon lunch!

The verdict:  This new version of grilled cheese is amazing!  My husband has declared it as “restaurant quality,” which is a very big deal in our house!  It’s the perfect grilled cheese sandwich recipe to make when you’re looking for something new to try.

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Brie, Apple and Cranberry Grilled Cheese

The best grilled cheese recipe ever!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 2 sandwiches
Calories 789kcal
Course Sandwiches
Cuisine American
Keyword apple, brie, cranberry, grilled cheese


  • 4 sturdy slices sourdough bread (don't use soft bread)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup Sauvignon Blanc
  • 8 ounces chilled brie (rind removed), cut into thin slices
  • 1 medium honeycrisp apple, cut into thin slices
  • 1/2 cup whole berry cranberry sauce


  • Butter the four slices of bread.  Brush the other side with Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Place two slices of bread butter-side-down on the skillet.  Top each slice with brie, sliced apple and cranberry sauce.  Place the other slices of bread on top- butter-side-up. Place a lid on top of the skillet.
  • Reduce the 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!


Serving: 1sandwich | Calories: 789kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 1080mg | Potassium: 345mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 1100IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 344mg | Iron: 3mg
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  • Sharon wrote:

    Can it be made without the wine? I don’t drink and don’t eat food it is in. I’d like to try it but that is a lot of expensive ingredients that might be wasted if one ingredient is excluded.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Yes, you can leave off the wine 🙂

  • Melissa wrote:

    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.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      great idea!

  • Carla wrote:

    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 😉

  • Julianne @ Beyond Frosting wrote:

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

  • sue|theviewfromgreatisland wrote:

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

  • Diane (Created by Diane) wrote:

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

  • carrian wrote:

    looove me a grilled cheese and especially this one!

  • Sabrina Modelle wrote:

    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. 😉

  • Carolyn wrote:

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

  • Heidi @foodiecrush wrote:

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

  • Lisa @ Wine & Glue wrote:

    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!

  • Taylor@Food Faith Fitness wrote:

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

  • Jenni wrote:

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

  • Janelle wrote:

    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!

  • Nicole wrote:

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

  • Liz S. wrote:

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