Apple-Rocket salad grilled cheese with crispy red onions

This apple-rocket salad grilled cheese with sautéed red onions is highly on my Monday to-do list. 

To me, fall is all about apples (and pumpkins). When I was planning my recipes in September, I had at least 9 recipes that included apples, counting this one. I'm happy to be sharing this grilled cheese as my very first apple recipe of the season. And while I have many more to come, this sandwich is near the top of my list of the most crave worthy, comforting and cozy recipes.

This grilled cheese is pretty simple to make. You have to butter the bread, layer it with apple, cheese, crispy red onions, rocket salad and mustard. Mustard? Yes, the Dijon mustard in this recipe takes this recipe from ordinary to extraordinary. With incorporation of Dijon, this grilled cheese becomes quality and simplicity. It pairs perfectly with the crisp apply, and cuts the sweet sautéed onions just perfectly with its slight acidity. 

The grilled cheese can be made in-between a grill or even in a pan above the stove. No matter how you do it, it's going to be amazing. It's sweet, salty, and extra cheesy. Slice the apples thin so that they soften up while cooking and as soon as the sandwich comes out of the pan, slice it and serve it. YUM!
This week has been pretty chill for me, mainly because I kept my dairy free since I had a deadline due today. The month November has been a month full of meetings and organising for me. At the moment, I am trying to organise a night out and a dinner for all the International Business students, since I am the president of the society. So far, the plans seem pretty great and we booked an amazing venue.
Another event that kept me busy is a business competition in Bristol, where I will be participating next week. I got approached in September and ever since, things have escalated. What started for me as a fun event, became a huge project. The university gave me all the responsibilities, I had to gather four teams that will compete in this competition. I had to organise the finances, logistics and accommodation, and almost everything that comes with organising an event. I have to admit, it was pretty amazing to organise this, but a lot of work. I cannot wait until next week, until we actually get to go.

Yesterday, I had my first horse riding competition for the university. We were competing against the  Southampton University. It was so bad and everything was outside, all I was craving was a hot tea and a cosy shower. It was a long day (5 in the morning till 8 in the evening), but our team came back with a fourth place! My individual dressage went not that very well, but my jumping got the highest score of everyone! That makes me so happy, since dressage is right down my alley, but jumping is something that I find really scary. 

Okay, enough about me. Let's gather some apples, fresh sourdough bread and red onions, and lets make this grilled cheese.

For 2 sandwhiches

- 1 tablespoon of oil (I used olive oil)
- 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
- fine sea salt and fresh ground pepper
- 4 slices of sourdough bread
- 2 tablespoons of butter, for cooking
- 1 tablespoon of dijon mustard
- 3-6 slices of Gouda cheese
- 1/2 tart, crisp apple (I used Pink Lady), sliced thin
- 1 cup baby arugula

  1. Place a skillet over medium heat, add the oil and then the sliced onion. Stir and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook the onions until they're soft and a bit crispy on the edge, about 10 minutes. Transfer the onions to a paper towel lined plate to remove any excess oil.
  2. Wipe the skillet down and preheat over medium heat.
  3. Generously butter one side of each side of the bread slices. Place one of the slices of bread (butter down) into the pan. Layer with cheese, apple slices, crispy onion and arugula. Top with another slice of bread that has an even and thin spread of dijon on the inside. Cook 2-3 minutes on each side until browned, and cheese is melted. Slice in half and serve. Repeat with remaining sandwich. 

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