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The BEST Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This gourmet grilled cheese sandwich is a delicious upgrade to your basic grilled cheese. Made with apples, fresh thyme, and lemon zest!
Cuisine American
Keyword apples, banana bread, cheese, lemon, thyme
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 sandwiches


  • 4 1/2-inch slices fresh sourdough bread
  • Approx. 6 thin slices camembert cheese (enough to cover 2 slices of bread)
  • Approx. 6 thin slices sharp, aged cheddar (enough to cover 2 slices of bread)
  • 4 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1/2 an apple (I used honeycrisp)
  • Fresh ground pepper, to taste


  • Cut sourdough bread into four 1/2-inch slices.
  • Top two slices of sourdough with sliced camembert cheese. Next, sprinkle the thyme, lemon zest, and ground pepper over the camembert slices.
  • Cut apple into thin slices and arrange them over the camembert.
  • On the other two slices of sourdough, add the slices of cheddar cheese. Carefully close the sandwich, placing the apple sides over the cheddar sides, and press together with your hands.
  • Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat and spray with avocado oil spray (or other cooking oil, as desired).
  • Place the CHEDDAR side of the sandwiches onto the skillet. Cook for several minutes, pressing down with spatula occasionally, until cheese begins to melt and the underside of the bread is golden brown.
  • Spray the top sides of the sandwiches, and carefully flip with a spatula. Cook on this side for another few minutes until the underside is golden brown.
  • Feel free to flip sandwiches a couple more times to ensure even cooking. Once the cheese has melted, remove from the pan and place onto a cutting board.
  • Carefully slice the sandwiches in half with a serrated knife, and serve immediately!


*If the bread starts to brown way before the cheese melts, lower the heat as necessary to prevent burning.
*If desired, serve sandwich with a side salad, or a warm veggie soup!