Of course, we eat apples right off the tree, but we enjoy finding new ways to serve them. I have used apples for salsa, pies, wraps, and crisps. The other week I decided to use the first apples of the season in an open-faced melt.
This sandwich had multiple inspirations. First, Paula Red apples were being harvested at a local orchard. Second, while shopping we found a terrific aged cheddar that was delightfully sharp. Third, homemade oatmeal bread sounded like a delicious base for the sandwich (and a great treat with which to surprise my husband after a business trip).
Making this sandwich can be done quickly, if you purchase the oatmeal bread at a bakery or grocery store. A little slicing and toasting and your meal is ready. However, if you have the time to make the bread, it makes the sandwich even more delicious.
- 2 slices oatmeal bread
- 1 Paula Red, cored and sliced
- 2 oz. cheddar cheese, sliced
- Preheat broiler.
- Place bread under broiler for 1-2 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Remove from oven.
- Turn bread over, and place apple slices on bread in single layer. Top apple with cheese slices.
- Return to broiler for 1-2 minutes, or until cheese is melted and slightly golden.
- *For a heartier sandwich, a layer of chicken breast can be added before the apple slices.