Smoky cheddar cheese and dark chocolate are brought together by the sweetness of apple butter, perfect for when you’re craving comfort food.
2 slices sourdough bread
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
½ oz fine dark chocolate, grated
2 ¼ oz smoked sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon apple butter
For the chocolate, buy a block of fine dark chocolate and grate it. I opted for a 55% cacao dark chocolate that balances bitter and sweet. And for the apple butter, I used a local (Maryland) variety, McCutcheon's.
Preheat a cast iron skillet to medium-low heat.
Place bread on a cutting board, and brush the melted butter on one side of each slice of sourdough. Put one slice of the bread, buttered side down, on the skillet. Sprinkle half of the cheese on the sourdough, spreading to the edges. Spread all of the chocolate on top of the cheese. Drizzle the apple butter onto the chocolate. Then sprinkle on the remaining cheese. Top with the second slice of sourdough, with the buttered side on the outside.
When the underside is golden brown and the cheese and chocolate have fully melted, flip the sandwich over. Don’t rush the process. Gently press down on the sandwich to encourage consistent browning. Cook until second side is golden brown. Before removing from the skillet, flip back to the original side for a few seconds to reheat slightly.
Cut in half and enjoy immediately.