Now, it can’t get much better than this. Use a vegan cheese and olive oil if you’re a stickler about animal protein; regardless, you’ll have yourself a creamy and deliciously decadent sandwich that is as fragrant, toasted, warm, and deep in flavor as it is light and forgiving to your figure. I’ve always said my favorite food is onions cooking in fat, especially butter, so this sandwich is right up my alley. And trust me, it’s totally up yours as well. Enjoy!
Onions: have anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, anti-coagulant and anti-bacterial properties, are high in iron and beneficial for the treatment of anemia, lower blood pressure, lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, thin blood and dissolve blood clots, cleanse the blood, act as a diuretic, prevent hair loss (if its juice is applied to the scalp), boost the immune system, complement diabetes treatment, prevent osteoporosis, liquefy mucus in lungs, are a potent aphrodisiac, and treat urinary tract infection.
Caramelized Onion and Sheep Cheese Sandwich
- 2 large onions (20 ounces) – halved and sliced thinly
- 4 slices of Italian 100% whole-grain/whole-wheat bread (or bread of choice)
- 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
- 2 ounce shredded sheep cheese (Gruyere works wonders and so does Daiya vegan cheese)
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 4 tbsp butter
Directions: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large iron skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and stir. Add oregano, salt, pepper and paprika. Let the onions sweat and stir from time to time to make sure they do not stick to the iron skillet. Add a little extra olive oil or butter if needed. While caramelizing the onions, check the taste and adjust the amount of salt according to your taste. Once golden brown, scoop them onto a plate and set aside. Clean the skillet with a paper towel and return to the medium heat.
Using the remaining butter, butter one face of each of the four bread slices and place two of them on the skillet (buttered side down). Evenly distribute the caramelized onion atop the two slices and then the cheese. Place the other two slices (buttered faces up) on the top of the cheese layer to make a sandwich. Use a spatula to push down on the top bread layer and somewhat flatten the sandwich.
Delicately the sandwiches upside down to make the other side golden brown too.
When both faces of the slices are slightly browned (do not overcook) and the cheese is just beginning to melt, take the sandwiches off the stove and loosely wrap each individually up in a aluminum foil. Place in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove and enjoy the gooey goodness!