Brussels Sprout and Apple Grilled Cheese

Today at work I decided to take a little break and run around the internet for a while.  Looking at various food pictures from around the world is always a lot of fun, but today I found more than entertainment: I found inspiration. Brussels sprouts, apples, and cheese.  An interesting combination, but nothing too far out there.  I wanted to make myself a vegan version of this for supper.  Of course, with sandwich must come soup.

I wanted to change a few of the attributes of the sandwich.  I’ve never been a fan of sweet apples, so I will only use granny smith.  Honey is obviously out, but maple syrup is better anyway.  Daiya will substitute well for the cheese, though I feel like I want a stronger flavor than even Daiya can provide.  Some kind of pungent homemade cheese would probably be ideal, but oh well.

Brussels and Apple Grilled Cheese
For two sandwiches

1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon olive oil

1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 1/2 cups Brussels sprouts, sliced über-thin
1/8 cup red onion, also sliced über-thin
1/2 cup granny smith apple, again, über-thin

4 slices of bread (I used sourdough, because it is the best of the breads)
Margarine for the bread
As much Daiya (or other, most-likely-sub-par vegan cheese) as you like
Tomato slices


1. Mix the olive oil, syrup, lemon juice, and red pepper flakes together in a bowl.  Toss the Brussels, apple, and onion in the sauce.

2. Heat up a frying pan and toss in the veggies for a minute or two to brown/shrink.  Remove them from the pan and set aside.

3. Assemble your sandwiches using the buttered bread, cheese, and some of the veggie mix.  Fry in the pan (no need to wash in between) until golden and gooey.

The sandwich definitely turned into one of the better grilled cheeses that I have made.  The sweet sauce combined with the slightly bitter Brussels and tart apples were a great combination.  The soup that I decided to make was a delicious blend of roasted broccoli, potato, and zucchini, but you will have to wait until later for that recipe  See you next time!

  • xvavaveganx

    What a great combo! The sandwich looks so delicious and sounds so interesting. The tart apples are definitely a good choice to complement the sweet sauce. The soup sounds delicious, can't wait for the recipe!

  • Jared Bigman

    Sounds like a great mix of flavors: sweet, tart, savory, creamy, all rolled into a sandwich. Awesome inspiration and veganization!

  • Jolene – EverydayFoodie

    Yum yum yum yum yum! I love jazzing up grilled cheese!

  • Kari

    What a great filling idea 🙂

  • Joey

    Anything with brussels in can only be good. I would never have thought have putting them with apples, but I could see how they'd totally balance each other perfectly in this sarnie!

  • Maggie Muggins

    This sandwich is filled with so much win!

  • Unknown

    this sounds kind of gross, but yet strangely appealing at the same time. in the end, it turned out to be one of the most amazing things i have ever tasted; my taste buds swooned. definitely the best grilled cheese (vegan or non) that i have ever eaten. good enough to eat two evenings in a row, in fact.

  • Unknown

    above comment from me (aka laura). every time i log in using my google account it posts as anon. sorry about that.

  • Erin

    This sounds amazing! All ingredients i love. I like that the veggies/apple look kind of like sauerkraut.