Grilled Suds n‘ Cheese

Recipe inspired by Cristal Ortiz, winner of the 2009 Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe Contest

„This recipe was developed as a bridge to bring my husband and I together at the dinner table. I am a vegetarian and he is a Texan. What can I say, except opposites attract! Most nights I am cooking two sets of meals. He is usually eating at the table by himself while I am still fixing my meal. There are only a few meals that we can eat together and one of them is grilled cheese. We both LOVE cheese. One night he was craving grilled cheese and beer so I mixed them together and it worked out great! I hope you enjoy it as much as he did.“ — Cristal Ortiz


Servings: 4

  • 1/2 stick unsalted Fond O’ Foods Butter softened
  • 1 pint of good German beer (I used Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen)
  • 1 large Walla Walla sweet onion
  • 4 ounces Fond O’ Foods Bavarian Emmentaler, shredded
  • 4 ounces Mozzarella, shredded

Made with FOND O FOODS German Butter …

… and FOND O FOODS Bavarian Emmentaler


Step 1
Peel the onion and cut it in half. slice each into thin half rings.

Step 2
Melt 2 Tbsp of the butter in a skillet. Add the onion and stir to combine. Pour all but about 2 ounces of the beer over the onions in the skillet and cook them down over medium heat stirring occasionally until all the beer evaporates and the onions are soft.

Step 3
Mix the last 2 ounces of the beer with the softened butter until combined. This is best done by smooshing the butter into the beer with the back of a spoon over and over again in a small ceramic bowl.

Step 4
Butter each slice of bread liberally. Place the buttered bread into a skillet over medium heat and top with 1 ounce of each of the two kinds of shredded cheese. Put a generous spoonful of the softened onions on top of the cheese. Top with another buttered bread slice.

Step 5
Cook for about 4 minutes on the first side, then flip it and cook about 2 minutes on the second side until the onions melt into the cheese and the bread is brown and crusty.

By Cristal Ortiz – Winner of the 2009 Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe Contest.

Made with FOND O’ FOODS German Butter and Bavarian Emmentaler