French Onion Grilled Cheese #SundaySupper

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by Isabel Laessig (Isabel Foodie) · 28 comments

in Soup Salad Sandwich, Sunday Supper, Weekday Supper

What is it about a Grilled Cheese Sandwich? There is just something that takes us all back to our childhood. It brings me back to days where my father was cooking grilled cheese for me for breakfast. My girlfriends would walk in, through the side door to walk me to school, and couldn’t believe that I was eating grilled cheese for breakfast.

As I look back, something strikes me as odd. The first being, my father was not much of a cook. The second, grilled cheese was not a very Portuguese thing kind of thing. Yet, we had purchased one of those handy dandy sandwich makers, you know the ones -I think everyone in the 80s had one, and my father was making me one of the most delicious breakfasts that I can remember.

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches evoke memories. There are few that would argue that a Grilled Cheese Sandwich can be turned into a totally gourmet experience. The Sunday Supper Family has done just that – they have taken that grilled cheese sandwich to the next level in honor of the National Grilled Cheese Month. Trust me when I tell you, this New Grilled Cheese Sandwich is not the american cheese in between two pieces of white bread that we grew up on.

This French Onion Grilled Cheese will remind of you a combination French Onion Soup and Grilled Cheese. The combination of the melted cheese and the tangy onions will have you drooling!

French Onion Grilled Cheese #SundaySupperThe only thing that could have made these fantastic Grilled Cheese Sandwiches even better is wine paired perfectly with each sandwich. We are so excited to have Gallo Family joining us around the family table for Sunday Supper. This week we will be featuring their Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Two excellent choices to pair with the perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

#SundaySupper with Gallo Family Vineyards

The Gallo Family Sauvignon Blanc balances the fruit flavors of honeydew melon, citrus and ripe apple, providing a light and crisp finish. It is a personal favorite! Although I loved adding The Pinot Noir to the onions — it was fantastic with the caramelization, I loved pairing this grilled cheese sandwich with the light and crisp Sauvignon Blanc.

The Gallo Family Pinot Noir is a medium bodied wine that provides a smooth and light finish with aromas of cherry and sweet fruit flavors. You can never go wrong by serving a bottle of the Gallo Family Pinot Noir!

French Onion Grilled Cheese #SundaySupper

French Onion Grilled Cheese #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4

French Onion Grilled Cheese #SundaySupper


  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 Red Onions, sliced thin
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Gallo Pinot Noir or Merlot
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme, finely chopped
  • 8 slices of Sourdough or Country Bread
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded


  1. Melt 1 tablespoon unsalted butter with 1 tablespoon olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Slice 2 red onions thinly and add to skillet.
  3. Season with salt and cracked black pepper, and spread in an even layer.
  4. Cover and turn heat to medium-low. Sweat, steam and soften the onions, 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Uncover and continue cooking until caramelized, 25 to 30 minutes, stirring frequently.
  6. Add 2 tablespoons Pinot Noir or Merlot Wine and scrape up any bits from the bottom of the pan.
  7. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Preheat the griddle to medium-low heat.
  9. Put 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese on 4 pieces country white or sourdough bread.
  10. Top with 2 tablespoons of onions.
  11. Close and butter both sides with softened butter.
  12. Place on the griddle; cover with a metal bowl and let the sandwiches get a nice golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes.
  13. Flip, cover again and cook until the cheese is melted and the sandwiches are golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes.
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There is nothing better than wine and cheese. Join us on Sunday as we share some of our fantastic Grilled Cheese Creations and pair them with these Gallo Family Vineyards favorites. I bet you will have to try some of these fantastic recipes in your kitchen.

If you would love to try some of our Sunday Supper Recipes and want to find a retailer carrying Gallo Family Wines near you, click here. You can also visit Gallo’s website or connect with via FacebookTwitterInstagram, or YouTube.

#SundaySupper Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter every Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our#SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy! You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.


Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.

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Alice // Hip Foodie Mom April 6, 2014 at 6:58 am

ah yes, there is something so special about a grilled cheese sandwich. . love them so much! and love your French Onion Grilled Cheese!! red onions. . yum! looks fabulous!


Renee April 6, 2014 at 7:06 am

I just love French onion soup and can’t wait to try it as a grilled cheese sandwich.


Cindys Recipes and Writings April 6, 2014 at 7:10 am

I’m ready for one! These look so good made with red onion.


Alida April 6, 2014 at 7:58 am

Onions, cheese and wine are pure heaven. This looks wonderful Isabel! Also, I really like your tip about placing a metal bowl on top while cooking…very smart.


Marjory @ Dinner-Mom April 6, 2014 at 7:59 am

I love French onion soup…so I know I’d love this! Yes…good memories with grilled cheese, although they were nothing like today’s spread!


Liz April 6, 2014 at 8:16 am

Mmmmmm….thyme and onions sound like a scrumptious addition to your grilled cheese. I’d be very happy with one for my breakfast!!!


Tammi @ Momma's Meals April 6, 2014 at 8:17 am

What a great combo Isabel! This is genius! I love french onion anything why not make a sandwich out of it!


Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers April 6, 2014 at 8:39 am

The cheese out of your sandwich has me drooling! What a wonderful combination of flavors! I love, love, love it!!


Betsy @ Desserts Required April 6, 2014 at 8:43 am

What a wonderful memory to have of your father fixing you grilled cheese for breakfast! I know you must have the go-to house in your neighborhood when you are making your French Onion Grilled Cheese.


Kayle (The Cooking Actress) April 6, 2014 at 9:57 am

mmmmm grilled cheese is SUCH a comfort food! And I love the french onion twist, now I am SO hungry just thinking about it, and looking at your pictures!


Jennie @themessybakerblog April 6, 2014 at 10:07 am

There is so much goodness in this here sammie. Love!


Susan April 6, 2014 at 10:40 am

I love that you used red onions for this, brings out the sweetness! How can you say no to this sandwich?


Heather // girlichef April 6, 2014 at 11:23 am

I am dying today – I want one of each and every one of these amazing sammies. Yours looks absolutely amazing, Isabel! :)


Karen Hartzell (@InTheKitchenKP) April 6, 2014 at 11:26 am

A French onion grilled cheese! Holy yum! Great combination and def one I need to try!


Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons April 6, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Anything is better with caramelized onions! I actually thought about doing a French onion grilled cheese for this, too! So yummy!


Courtney @ Neighborfood April 6, 2014 at 1:08 pm

I agree. Grilled cheese is such a nostalgic food. This French Onion version looks like comfort between two slices of bread!


Melanie | Melanie Makes April 6, 2014 at 2:22 pm

My husband would go absolutely crazy for this grilled cheese – Pinned!


Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips April 6, 2014 at 3:04 pm

As a kid, my dad used to make me French Onion Soup and grilled cheese. Love that this combines it into one comfort food!


Shaina April 6, 2014 at 4:16 pm

Grilled cheese reminds me of when I was little and dad used to make the best sandwiches ever on the griddle! If only I knew back then how amazing they’d be when paired with wine…


Jennifer/mealdiva April 6, 2014 at 8:33 pm

My mother always said that a grilled cheese makes the perfect breakfast– a combination of protein & carbs to start my day off right. Your post took me back to my childhood as well! Everything about this recipe sounds downright yummy! I’m pinning it right now! Can’t wait to try it!


The Ninja Baker April 7, 2014 at 1:38 am

Grilled cheese for breakfast sounds fantabulous! And your French onion version with mozzarella looks like a great way to start a Good Morning =)


David @ CookingChat April 7, 2014 at 7:17 am

Looks great! And grilled cheese seems a bit fancier with the wine pairings, too.


Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere April 7, 2014 at 9:34 am

I can’t resist anything “French Onion”. This sounds amazing!


Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious April 7, 2014 at 10:22 am

Caramelized onions and mozz? Stop right there. Sold!


Constance @FoodieArmyWife April 7, 2014 at 11:48 am

It’s okay to have grilled cheese for breakfast, right?


Will April 17, 2014 at 1:43 pm

French Onion Grilled Cheese… yummy, we were on it today for lunch and i tell you, if you are watching calories! two slices went in minutes, so tempting to go for more! it so crunchy on the outside but soft and gooey my my my, very nice!


FamilyFoodie April 17, 2014 at 6:22 pm

Thanks for the feedback Will!


Katie April 22, 2014 at 8:54 am

I always love soup and sandwich combos- definitely a smart idea to fuse them together like this! ;)


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