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Apple Butter and Chicken Grilled Cheese

Serves 2     adjust servings

A delicious twist on a simple classic. This Apple Butter and Chicken Grilled Cheese is the perfect sandwich for your Fall cravings!

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs apples – I used granny smith, gala and pink ladies
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Freshly grated nutmeg – roughly ½ tsp
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 ½ tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions

Start by making the apple butter. Peel, core and slice apples using an apple wedger. Place apples into a crockpot. In a medium sized bowl, add sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt and combine well. Sprinkle over apples and mix around well. Turn crockpot on LOW and cook for 10 hours, stirring occasionally. After 10 hours, add in vanilla, and leaving lid off of crockpot, cook an additional 2 hours. Using an immersion blender, blend up apples to make as creamy as desired. Store any unused apple butter in a mason jar with a lid in the refrigerator. To make the chicken, clean up chicken cutlets as desired. Slice chicken into 1 inch slices using your santoku knife. The thinner the chicken, the quicker it will cook. In a small bowl, whisk together egg and milk. In a separate small bowl, combine bread crumbs and salt and pepper. Mix well. Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick spray, and preheat oven to 425°F. Pat dry the chicken slices, and in an assembly line fashion, dip chicken into egg mixture, then into breadcrumb mixture, coating chicken completely and finally aligning on cookie sheet. Continue until all chicken is coated. Place into preheated oven and bake 10-15 minutes, until fully cooked and golden brown. To make the grilled cheese, get your griddle ready and place over low heat. Starting with two slices, butter the sourdough bread with roughly 1 tbsp butter each. WITH BUTTERED SIDE DOWN, place bread on griddle, and on unbuttered side, place 2 slices cheddar cheese on each slice of bread. Allow cheese to melt over bread slightly, roughly 3 minutes. At this time, add as many slices of chicken as desired to one slice of bread, and 2-3 tbsp (as desired) of apple butter, finally placing opposite side of cheesy bread on top. Allow to cook an additional 3-4 minutes, until sandwich melts together and slices of bread are golden brown. Repeat process with second sandwich. Cut sandwiches in half and serve warm.

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