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Cheddar, Apple, and Pastrami Grilled Cheese

Scott Phillips

Servings: 2

This sandwich (aka the Johnny Apple Cheese) features crisp, thinly sliced apples as well as a tangy-sweet apple spread (based on store-bought apple butter) that perfectly complements the pastrami and cheese.


  • 3 Tbs. apple butter
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. honey
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 1/2-inch-thick slices sourdough bread
  • 8 oz. aged white Cheddar, thinly sliced or coarsely grated (about 2 cups)
  • 2 oz. thinly sliced pastrami
  • 6 to 10 very thin slices of apple, preferably honey crisp
  • 1-1/2 oz. (3 Tbs.) unsalted butter

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 1090
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 530
  • Fat (g): 59
  • Saturated Fat (g): 36
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 16
  • Cholesterol (mg): 185
  • Sodium (mg): 1760
  • Carbohydrates (g): 91
  • Fiber (g): 4
  • Protein (g): 49


  • Combine the apple butter, mustard, honey, and a good pinch of kosher salt in a small bowl. Spread evenly on two slices of bread and top with half of the cheese and the pastrami. Top that with a layer of sliced apple, overlapping the slices slightly, and the remaining cheese. Top with the other slices of bread to make two sandwiches.
  • Melt 2 Tbs. of the butter in a heavy-duty 12-inch skillet over medium-low heat until lightly browned. Add the sandwiches and cook, adjusting the heat as necessary, until golden brown on one side, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip, add the remaining 1 Tbs. butter, and cook, lifting the edges of the bread to allow the butter to run under and adjusting the heat as necessary, until the cheese has melted and the other side is golden brown, another 3 to 4 minutes. Slice in half and serve.


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Reviews (4 reviews)

  • ChezKiki | 03/07/2015

    It was good.

  • Poeus | 11/09/2014

    Wonderful unique tasting sandwich

  • LArcher | 04/11/2014

    Loved using my homemade apple butter in this sandwich! My kids love these kind of grilled sandwich such an easy way to impress! Will definitely do again and again.

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    TheMomChef | 04/09/2014

    Absolutely fantastic! The apple butter/Dijon spread was phenomenal with the Cheddar and pastrami. While I wouldn't have thought to put those ingredients together in a sandwich, I'm wondering why not since they pair so perfectly. You can read my full review at Taking On Magazines: http://bit.ly/1itMRoX

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