Who doesn't love a grilled cheese? And in the fall and winter, it's even better. So why not take the classic grilled cheese and make it completely fall approved. With a simple addition of butternut squash purée and fried sage leaves, your simple grilled cheese is now ready for the fall. I think you're going to love this butternut squash grilled cheese made on perfectly browned sourdough, so I suggest making extra squash purée just in case another grilled cheese craving comes on.
For this butternut squash grilled cheese, here's everything you'll need.
The first thing you'll want to do is make the butternut squash purée. This will serve as the spread inside the butternut squash grilled cheese.
Preheat the oven to 425℉. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the squash cut-side up on the baking sheet and drizzle with 1/2 tsp olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 30-35 minutes until cooked through and softened.
Let the squash cool and then scoop out 1/2 cup and place in a food processor along with another 1/2 tsp of olive oil, salt and pepper, smoked paprika and ancho chili powder. Process until smooth and set aside.
Once the purée is done, you can move on to assembling the sandwich. Of course, making the purée beforehand will save you quite a bit of time.
Heat up a medium skillet over medium-low heat. Add the remaining extra virgin olive oil and fry the sage until crispy, about three to five minutes. Then remove and set aside.
Place the sourdough on a cutting board and butter the outside pieces with mayonnaise (or use softened butter). Flip the slices over and spoon the squash mixture over both slices of bread.
Divide the cheese evenly onto one slice and top with the sage leaves. Close the sandwich with the other slice.
Heat the same skillet used to crisp the sage leaves over medium-low heat.
Place the sandwich on the skillet and grill until golden brown on one side, about three minutes. Flip and grill the other side until browned and crispy. Reduce the heat if needed to allow the bread to get crispy, without burning and the cheese to melt.
Remove the sandwich, slice and enjoy!
For making the best ever butternut squash grilled cheese, be sure to follow these tips.
As always, feel free to make adjustments or substitutions as needed.
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Looking for a grilled cheese that's perfect in the fall? Try this butternut squash grilled cheese with two different cheeses, fried sage and grilled until perfectly browned.
Make the squash purée ahead to save time.
No comté: use all cheddar, or gruyère.