Mushroom Gruyere Grilled Cheese

Sara's Tiny Kitchen
by Sara's Tiny Kitchen
2 sandwiches
25 min

This mushroom gruyere grilled cheese sandwich is the perfect combination of the ease of a grilled cheese sandwich and fancy(ish) ingredients that are a surefire way to wow anyone you might prepare this meal for! Be prepared for people to be seriously impressed!

I learned a long time ago that while I don’t actually love a traditional grilled cheese – white sandwich bread with pre-packaged cheese slices – I adore a fancy-pants grilled cheese. Put some caramelized onion in there, artichoke hearts (recipe coming soon), or this version with sauteed mushrooms are my heart just sings.

These sandwiches are a perfect weeknight dinner. The mushrooms only take about 10-15 minutes to cook down and brown up deliciously, and after that it’s literally as simple as a regular grilled cheese.

And these can be made with regular store-bought sandwich bread, but I highly recommend buying a good loaf of Italian or French bread from your grocery store’s bakery section. The mushrooms need a sturdy bread base. I’ve made these with regular bread, and it just doesn’t hold together quite as well. You can also use sourdough, but I appear to be the only person in the world who doesn’t like sourdough bread, so it rarely makes an appearance in my kitchen.

Another benefit of this sandwich – the veggies are IN the sandwich, so there’s no need to make a side dish! If you want to though, this pairs really well with simple green salad.

Mushroom Gruyere Grilled Cheese
Recipe details
  • 2  sandwiches
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 25 min
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Mushroom Gruyere Grilled Cheese
  • 8 slices of Italian bread
  • butter for spreading on bread
  • 8 ounces shredded gruyere cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 16 ounces portobello mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
To Make Mushroom Gruyere Grilled Cheese
Start by heating a large skillet over medium high heat, add the olive oil and the sliced mushrooms. Saute for 8-10 minutes until mushrooms are dark brown. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Wipe the pan out, and set aside.
To Make the Sandwiches
Butter one side of each slice of bread generously.
Pile 1 ounce cheese on to 4 of the slices and top with 1/4 of the mushrooms. Add another ounce of cheese on top of the mushrooms, and place the top slice of bread on the sandwich. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
Place the same skillet you used to cook the mushrooms over medium heat, and place the sandwiches in the pan. Let them cook on the first side for 4-5 minutes or until well browned. Flip the sandwiches, and let them cook on the other side for 2-4 minutes until that side is browned as well.  
Let them cool for a few minutes, cut and serve!
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