by MacKenzie of Grilled Cheese Social
Inspired by one of my favorite warm soups, this hearty grilled cheese is a satisfying meal by itself. It combines spicy sausage, citrusy kale, savory caramelized onions and slightly tart Wisconsin kasseri cheese, which melts perfectly. I recommend serving it alongside a jammy Cabernet Sauvignon to help balance the saltiness of the sandwich.
By MacKenzie of Grilled Cheese Social
Servings: 1 sandwich
3 tablespoons fresh medium-hot Italian sausage
1/4 medium onion, sliced into half rings
Salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons salted butter, divided
1 cup curly kale, chopped
Juice of 1 large lemon wedge
3 ounces (about 1/3 cup) Wisconsin kasseri cheese, shredded and divided
2 thick slices hearty white bread
Remove casings from sausage, if necessary, and place in medium skillet over medium-high heat. Break up sausage with spatula and cook until browned and cooked through, but still has some color. Remove from heat and set aside.
Add onions, pinch of salt and 1 tablespoon butter to skillet. Cook until onions begin to soften and caramelize.
Mix in kale with pinch of salt and pepper and cover skillet until leaves begin to wilt. Remove from heat, add lemon juice, mix and set aside.
Pile half of Wisconsin kasseri on 1 slice of bread and layer with kale mixture, sausage and remaining cheese, in that order. Place second piece of bread on top and cover outsides of both bread slices with remaining butter.
Grill sandwich in pan over medium heat, turning once, until both sides are golden brown and cheese has melted. Let sit for 1 minute before serving.