The Commons Grilled Cheese

By Neena Perez, Grace Farms Foundation
December 22, 2015
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Author Notes: It's a kicked up "Adult" Grilled Cheese Sandwich! The surprise comes with thinly sliced apples, a mix of three cheeses and crisped bacon on buttered multi-grain bread. We serve up to 60 of these, using local cheeses, on weekends in the Commons at Grace Farms.Neena Perez, Grace Farms Foundation

Serves: 1

Lemon Aioli

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup EVOO
  • 1 cup grapeseed oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  • 1 tablespoon aioli
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt and pepper each
  • 2 slices of wholegrain bread
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 ounces challerhocker cheese, grated
  • 3 ounces extra sharp cheddar, grated
  • 3 ounces parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 slices of vine ripe tomato
  • 1/4 honey crisp apple sliced thin
  • 3 pieces of bacon, crisped
  1. Place the garlic, mustard, and egg in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade attachment. Process until evenly combined, about 10 seconds. With the motor running, slowly add the olive oil in a thin stream, followed by the grapeseed or vegetable oil, until completely combined, about 2 minutes. Stop the processor, add the lemon juice, season with salt, and pulse until thoroughly mixed. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula, then pulse until all ingredients are evenly incorporated. Let sit for at least 30-40 minutes before using.
  2. Directions for Sandwich Lay slices of bread on a board and spread each one lightly with butter. Flip the slices and spread each one generously with the aioli mixture. Grate the cheeses in a food processor fitted with the largest grating disk and combine. Pile 1/3 cup grated cheese evenly on top of one of the slices of bread then top with (bacon/tomato and apple) and top with the remaining cheeses, bread slice, aioli side down, so the buttered side is exposed. When the flat top is hot, heat a bit more butter and cook the sandwiches for 3 to 5 minutes until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted flip to allow bread to toast on other side. Allow cooling for 2 minutes. Cut in half and serve warm and gooey .

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