Grilled Gruyere Panini with Pickled Sweet Onions

by on August 9, 2011

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For those who are counting, today marks the third occasion on which I’ve posted about Gruyère and onion panini (fourth, if you count the French Dip panini, which also contains roast beef). I’ve made these panini with caramelized onions and with marinated onions…now I’m pickling the onions. Seriously, the combination never gets old.

There’s a Pickling Party happening today (stemming from the enthusiasm over last month’s Pie Party), with more than 300 food bloggers and other cooking enthusiasts making and sharing pickled things. What’s great about the pickled sweet onions I made for the occasion is that you don’t have to know how to can (because I don’t). All you have to do is combine a few simple ingredients together and wait.

There are few foods that will brighten up the flavor of a sandwich better than a pickle. They bring that big punch of acidity and, in the case of the onions I’m sharing today, a good dose of sweetness and spice. I let some sweet Walla Walla onions bathe in apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, salt and allspice until they were ready to get some mouths watering. Grab yourself a little bowl of fresh tomato soup to go along with them and get ready for a treat.

Grilled Gruyere with Pickled Sweet Onions

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1 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. August 10, 2011 at 5:50 am

This looks great! Hope you’re well!

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2 Maria August 10, 2011 at 6:17 am

I bet the pickled onions add great flavor to this panini!

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3 megan @ whatmegansmaking August 10, 2011 at 6:44 am

This looks really good! I’m a little nervous about the pickled sweet onions, not going to lie…but I’d be willing to try it :)

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4 Colleen August 10, 2011 at 7:32 am

I really like pickled anything. Yum!

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5 Aggie August 10, 2011 at 9:07 am

I absolutely love pickled onions. I have to start making them at home. I had them on an egg sandwich once and it rocked. This looks delicious!!

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6 Cyndi August 15, 2011 at 8:39 am

This was a big hit with my husband and me. I made them for lunch and he kept saying how good it was and that I could make this again. I love Gruyère cheese anyway and the onions and cheese were a super combo.

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7 Kathy August 15, 2011 at 8:58 am

That’s great to hear, Cyndi – I’m so glad you guys liked them!

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8 Eliana August 23, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Gruyere is one of my absolute favorite cheeses! So this panini looks perfect to me.
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