This… is Operation Blizzard Food, people.
In case you haven’t heard, NYC is expecting 11-15 inches of snow today. CRAZY, right? Nothing like a blanket of snow to usher in the first day of spring!
But the snow is really coming down outside, and I am cozy and warm, snuggled under a blanket with the candles on, and a mug of tea in my hands. Life. Is. Good.
And on a day like today, when it’s blustery outside, all you want is comfort food.
Sooo, I’ve decided to update a classic…
It’s perfect for Lent. Perfect for anyone who is a health conscious foodie. And perfect for anyone who just wants to have some good eats!
What did I reinvent?
Introducing my Caramelized Onion and Gruyere Grilled Cheese Sandwich!
Wait wait wait…Just how the heck is this healthy?
Well…..the bread is actually made out of CAULIFLOWER!!!
Yep, you read that correctly! The bread is grain free, and made from cauliflower and almonds!
It’s Gluten Free, Grain Free, and Specific Carb Diet friendly!
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Here’s what you need: (Serves 1)
1 cup cauliflower
1/3 cup almond flour
1 egg (or 2 egg whites)
1/8 tsp salt
1/3 vidalia onion, sliced
1/4 cup gruyere cheese, shredded
2 Non stick Frying Pans. (One with lid)
Cheese cloth (or paper towels or clean kitchen towel)
Medium sized bowl
The first step is to get your onions caramelizing. In a non-stick frying pan, sauté the onions in 1-2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil for about 15 minutes over medium-low heat with a little salt and pepper. Stir them occasionally, letting them become a golden brown color.
While the onions are cooking, place the cauliflower in the food processor. Pulse until it resembles rice. Then, place the riced cauliflower in a clean kitchen towel, paper towels, or a cheese cloth, and over the sink or a bowl, wring out as much water as you can. **This step is really important!!**
Then, mix the egg, wrung-out cauliflower, almond flour and salt in a medium sized bowl.
Spray a large, non-stick frying pan with olive oil, and heat over medium-high heat. Divide the cauliflower matter in two, and create two “skillet cakes.” (The size and shape of bread). Let them cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side, until they are golden brown on the edges, and fragrant. (They’ll smell like roasting almonds.) Then, carefully flip with a spatula.
After you flip the bread, evenly place the shredded cheese on each side of the bread. Cover the skillet with the lid for about a minute to help melt the cheese.
Once the other side is finished cooking, sandwich the caramelized onions between the bread.
You will want to serve and eat immediately.
OK guys. I have to be real with you all…This. Was. AMAZING. It’s hard to believe how cauliflower can be transformed into such a decadent gourmet treat! You seriously can’t taste the cauliflower. The bread just tastes nutty and delicious.
It has a wonderful texture: it’s bread and chewy. The golden brown edges are a little crispy, and SO GOOD! You can actually pick it up and eat it like a sandwich!
And the caramelize onions are out of this world. If you’ve never had them, consider this your personal invitation. They can seem a little intimidating, but they’re actually really simple — they just take some good, sweet time. 🙂
They become almost sweet, because the sugars in the vidalia onion are released and caramelize. They become soft and chewy and they pair perfectly with the buttery gruyere cheese.
I almost forgot! The gruyere cheese!! Melty, buttery, rich, and fully SCD friendly, this grilled cheese sandwich is a far cry from a greasy spoon.
In fact, with my make over, it can be considered a healthy treat!
Well, if you need me, I’ll be hunkered down, watching it snow, and doing a fun tiger face mask! 🙂
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54 responses to “Grain Free Caramelized Onion & Gruyere Sandwich!”
You got me on this one kid. It looks and sounds fabulous! I must try soonest.
Thank you so much Scarpoe! Hope you love it! Hugs and love xox
Oh my, now I am hungry. I need gluten free, so the bread is gluten free? Also how does the taste compare with other bread? Sorry you are snowed in, but Jesus is with you in the blizzard too. 🙂
Hahah thank you! Yes! It is totally gluten free and absolutely delicious. It’s chewy and has a pleasant nutty flavor! Hugs and love xox
Gosh that sounds wonderful. My mouth is watering!
Thanks Chrissie! Oh it definitely was delightful! Hugs and love xox
Keep the recipes coming! whether it is snowing or not.
Haha thank you!! Let it snow! 🙂 Hugs and love xox
Two of my favorites, Havarti and Provolone, are Eat Freely, but I don’t see my third favorite, Pepper Jack.
Oh bummer. Yeah two for three though!👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 Hugs and love xox
I love that tiger mask! Sorry about the snow though. 😳❤️
Thanks John! haha yeah, it’s a pretty fun mask! thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox
That looks amazing. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks friend! Hugs and love xox
Aw no way! This looks FANTASTIC, What an awesome thing to share! Thanks 🙂
aw thank you so much! So glad you think so! Hugs and love xox
Droooliiiiing !! it looks delicious 😀
hahaha thank you so much!! Hugs and love xox
Now that’s a good snow dump and that means my daughter in West Hartford will be sharing that at the time when she’s getting two daughters into boarding school, setting up the eldest in NY where she has modelling work and making a transfer to Ohio where her husband has commenced work with a multinational there. It would be nice to think she’s eating as healthy as you are with that good food. 🙂
thank you Ian! yeah it was quite the storm! i hope she’s doing okay! sounds like she’s got her hands full!! Hugs and love xox
Once again, you create recipes that sound delicious, Carolyn.
Aw thank you so much!!! Hugs and love xox
Aw thank you so much! Hugs and love xox
Haha thanks Michael. Hugs and love xox
Make me hungry, delicious
Haha thanks! Hugs and love xox
Thanks for the like my web
Mmm looks yummy! I’m hungry..
Haha thank you Irene! Hugs and love xox
Yummy! We had soup and grilled cheese sandwiches last night!
Thanks Laura Beth! Nice! Such a great dinner. It’s a classic for a reason! Hugs and love xox
YUM!! Gruyere and caramelized onions…. why haven’t I ever thought of that?? lol. Thank you for this!
thank you Jenny! oh yes…it was pretty drool worthy! haha Hugs and love xox
I like the look of that… It’s not snowing over here for a change but never say never lol
Haha nice! Thanks Simon! Hugs and love xox
This looks and sounds amazing. I will be trying it soon!!
Thanks so much Leigh Ann! Hope you love it! Xox
cannot wait to make this bread, yum! Thanks for sharing!!
Thanks Jen! Hope you enjoy! Hugs and love xox
Good eating always involves cheese! 🌿🧀
Haha amen! Hugs and love xox
It looks delicious! It’s not snowing here in Tennessee…yet:) I love your blog! Love the look of it!
Hey Nicole! Thank you so much 🙂 yet…haha hopefully the snow isn’t too bad! xx
Yum. Me? Lolol 😅😅😅 love it! I want some!
you sure do make some good looking foods… even with thhings I don’t normally care for myself (like onions) 😉
Hahah thanks 🙂 🐯🐯🐯
FINALLY made these…they are so delicious!!! My husband and I just went for seconds, didn’t have non-stick pan so they didn’t turn so well so just made open faced sandwich….thanks for sharing!!!!!! oh, almost forgot, added sauteed mushrooms cuz low on onions:)
hey Jen! oh that’s so awesome!!! thanks for sharing your success! glad you enjoyed the sammies! xoxoxox