Cheddar, Apple, and Pastrami Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese is amazing already, and then to add pastrami and apple to the mix? Genius. This is so delicious, and the apple butter mix rounds out the sandwich so well. From Fine Cooking, this sandwich is both sweet and savory. 

Side note: You may be tempted to put the apple butter mix on both bread, but don't do it. It will overpower and make the sandwich too sweet. :) Makes 2 sandwiches. 



  • 3 tbsp apple butter
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 1/2-in-thick slices sourdough bread
  • 8oz aged white cheddar, thinly sliced or coarsely grated (about 2 cups)
  • 2oz thinly sliced pastrami
  • 6 to 10 very thinly slices of apple, preferably Honey Crisp
  • 1 1/2 oz (3 tbsp) unsalted butter


  1. Combine the apple butter, mustard, honey, and a good pinch of kosher salt in a small bowl. Spread evenly on two slices of bread and top with half of the cheese and the pastrami. Top that with a layer of sliced apple, overlapping the slices slightly, and the remaining cheese. Top with the other slices of bread to make 2 sandwiches. 
  2. Melt 2 tbsp of the butter in a heavy-duty 12-inch skillet over medium-low heat until lightly browned. Add the sandwiches and cook, adjusting the heat as necessary, until the cheese has melted and the other side is golden brown, another to 3 to 4 minutes. Slice in half and serve.