Manchego Grilled Cheese sandwich is sweet, savory and buttery. This grown-up grilled cheese is simple to make but fancy enough for company!
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Manchego Grilled Cheese is my favorite grilled cheese sandwich. It’s nothing like I grew up eating. Manchego is a soft buttery cheese that melts everything together. Exactly what you want in your grilled cheese sandwich.
I grew up going to religion classes on Saturday mornings. I thought that was the biggest rip off because Saturday morning was when the best cartoons were on television. Not only that, the classes were so boring. All I knew is that I had to memorize a whole lot of stuff. If I didn’t, I could end up in a very warm place at the end of my days. Yikes!
When our classes were over, we went home to a lunch of grilled cheese and tomato soup. Tomato soup was from a can, and our grilled cheese was a skinny yellow piece of cheese on buttered white bread. I loved it. Of course, I loved anything drowned in ketchup.
The grilled cheese that I make now has grown up a bit. My little person self would probably turn up my nose. My big girl self just loves every single layer of my grown-up version of this grilled Manchego Cheese Sandwich. Oh, and it doesn’t need one drop of ketchup to improve its flavor.
A Manchego Grilled Cheese starts with great bread slathered with butter on the outside and a smear of fig chutney or jam on the inside. This yummy bread holds together a caramelized onion-mushroom mixture, fresh spinach, and all that buttery melted Manchego cheese.
Grilled Manchego Cheese Assembly
- Butter the outside of two slices of bread.
- Spread fig jam on the inside of one piece of bread for a slightly sweet sandwich or on both sides if you want it sweeter.
- Add 1/4th of the sauteed mushroom-onion mixture.
- Top the mushrooms with fresh spinach
- Finish with a layer of Manchego cheese
What is Manchego cheese?
Castello Cheeses states Manchego cheese is from Spain and made from sheep’s milk. Manchego is aged from 2 months to 2 years. Manchego is a sharp, acidic, and nutty cheese.
What I love about Manchego cheese is that it’s nutty and buttery and it melts well without being real greasy like a cheddar often is.
Alternative cheeses – Cheeses that can substitute for Manchego
- White English Cheddar
What you may need to make a Manchego Grilled Cheese Sandwich:
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- Panini Press – This is the one that I have. I like that the reversible grates become a griddle and that they can be removed for easy cleaning.
- Slotted Spatula – Also called a fish spatula. I use mine for everything.
If you like this recipe, here are a few more I think you’re going to LOVE!
- The Best Cuban Sandwich Recipe
- Most Amazing Shrimp BLT Sandwich Recipe
- Toasted Italian Sub Sandwich
- Grilled Caprese Panini
So, I may not have been great at memorizing my religion, but I aced grilled cheese! And, the tomato soup was there too, a bumped up big person version called Easy Tomato Florentine Soup!
Grown-Up Manchego Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe
- 2 teaspoons unsalted butter divided
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
- 1 yellow onion sliced thinly
- 16 oz mushrooms
sliced – I used cremini
- 2 tablespoons sherry
or white wine vinegar
- 3 ounces Manchego cheese shaved
- 2 cups Fresh baby spinach stems removed
- 2 tbsp Fig jam or chutney
- 8 slices Sandwich bread of your choice
- In a heavy skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Add sliced onions and mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper. Cook on medium heat until browned and caramelized.
- Add sherry and continue cooking until sherry has evaporated. Stir in fresh thyme.
- Butter one side of each slice of bread. On the non-buttered side, spread a thin layer of fig jam or chutney on only one slice. Layer 1/4 each of the mushroom-onion mix, fresh spinach, and Manchego cheese. Top with the second piece of bread, buttered side out.
- Place the sandwich butter side down in a panini maker or *heated skillet. Cook sandwich 7 to 10 minutes or until the bread is browned and the cheese is melted.
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