Grilled sandwich with caramelized onions, mushrooms and goat cheese

“Life is like a sandwich – the more you add to it, the better it becomes”. 

Sandwiches for breakfast were kind of a “default” choice when I was growing up. Easiest, quickest to make and hassle free. White bread, butter, cheese or sausage, topped with a tomato or cucumber when available. No one in our family ever questioned it. Sometimes we had omelette or porridge, but mostly sandwiches. At the time it was a very good option – neither of the ingredients had any of the mysterious additives that are nowadays found in almost anything edible and considered as not so good. I mean bread was bread – white or dark. There were several kinds of sausage and probably one or two kinds of cheese available.

Maybe I had my share of sandwiches back then. And yet I crave them once in a while – with broader variety to choose from and so many more ingredients that could be turned into an amazing sandwich.

The other day I could have killed for a good one! Seriously… Thinking everyone and almost anyone could make a good one, I couldn’t think of one good place in the whole city that would be top of mind for a meal as simple as a sandwich (and probably a beer). After a little bit of thought I decide to make myself and my man the treat at home.

And it was OH SO GOOD (please don’t mention any diet in this context – we did go for a serious run that morning)!


  • Bread
  • Brown mushrooms
  • Red onions
  • Goat cheese
  • Sherry vinegar
  • Butter
  • Salt’n’pepper

Slice onions, heat a small pot and melt a dab of butter (or oil – your choice). Add onions, cover and cook until they soften. Then add a bit of sherry vinegar. My proportions – 3 onions + 3 tablespoons of vinegar. A bit of salt and pepper to taste, cover and cook on moderate heat till the color starts turning darker, 10-15 minutes.

Slice mushrooms and cook in a bit of butter (or oil) for 5-7 minutes, till cooked through.

Once the prep is done, spread some room temperature butter on bread, cover a slice of cheese, mushrooms, caramelized onions, topped with another slice of cheese and another piece of bread with butter. Fry in a grill pan (or on the grill) until cheese starts to melt.

And so this is it. I swear you’ll lick your fingers – it’s that good. It has that perfect savory taste, a combination of mushrooms with sour’y caramelized onions. Pairs well with beer!

This may be a bit farther from diet food definitions, but I honestly think that it is totally worth to indulge in sinful food in moderation and not feel bad about it!

Bon appetit!

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