This sandwich plays the strong, bitter flavor of arugula against gooey, sweet caramelized apples and sharp cheddar cheese. Use as much or little arugula as you please. Ours is so intense, a little goes a long way, but we still loaded our sandwiches up with several leaves and even included the stems.
Caramelized Apple Melt with Aged Cheddar and Arugula
makes 2 sandwiches
1 medium red delicious apple
6 Tbs unsalted butter
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp nutmeg
6 thick slices extra sharp white cheddar
8 big arugula leaves
4 slices pumpernickel bread
- Peel and dice apples into 1/2" cubes.
- Melt butter in large skillet over medium.
- Add sugar and stir until sugar begins to melt, about 1 minute.
- Add apples and saute until brown and tender, and juices form, about 10 minutes.
- Remove from pan with a slotted spoon, leaving juices in the pan.
- Add cinnamon and nutmeg to juices in pan and mix well.
- Return pan to medium heat, then add bread slices. Brown well, then flip and repeat.
- While second side of bread is toasting in pan, place cheddar slices on two of the bread slices so the cheese will melt.
- When bread is browned, removed from pan. Add caramelized apples and arugula (3-4 per sandwich depending on how strong your arugula is), and assemble sandwiches. Eat while still warm.