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Sweet and Savory Cabbage and Jam Grilled Cheese

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cabbage grilled cheese 11yI am officially declaring the sweet and savory combination the best thing ever.  Hearing about my love for sweet and savory foods is nothing new.  You’ve heard it over and over again, and are probably getting tired of it ;).  But…I am not getting tired of creating and eating sweet and savory foods, so hopefully you can bear with me and embrace the recipes.  And hopefully, some of you are just as excited (or more!) about new sweet and savory recipes as I am.

So when you first read the title of this post, you may have thought…”hmm, that sounds a bit weird.”  But I have come to find that most sweet and savory combinations do sound strange.  However, usually the stranger they sound, the better they taste!  That is so very true of this grilled cheese sandwich.  This is one grilled cheese you can savor, LOVE, and feel great about eating.

cabbage grilled cheese 5 editedSweet and Savory Cabbage and Jam Grilled Cheese (Vegan)

Servings: Makes 1 sandwich


roasted green cabbage (I used some that I had leftover in the refrigerator)
1/4 yellow onion, sliced
olive oil cooking spray
fine sea salt
black pepper
garlic powder
onion powder
2 pieces sprouted bread (I used Ezekiel flax bread)
2 TB coconut oil
2 slices Daiya vegan cheddar “cheese”*
2 TB blackberry jam (or whatever flavor you prefer)

*This was the first time that I tried cooking with the Daiya sliced “cheese,” and it was so good!

cabbage grilled cheese 4Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with olive oil cooking spray.  Slice your onion, place it on the baking sheet, spray it with cooking spray, and sprinkle with seasonings.  Roast the onions for approximately 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown.  Flip the onions halfway through the roasting process.

2. Heat a griddle over medium heat.  Spray with olive oil cooking spray.

3. Spread one side of each piece of bread with coconut oil.

4. Place one piece of bread (coconut oil side down) onto the griddle.  Compile the sandwich in the following order: 1 slice of cheese, cabbage slices, onions, 1 slice of cheese, blackberry jam, and the second piece of bread (coconut oil side up).

5. Turn the heat down to medium low.  Place a pan lid over the sandwich to help the “cheese” melt.  Cook for approximately 5 minutes, or until the bottom piece of bread is golden brown.

6. Flip the sandwich over, cover with the lid, and cook an additional 3 to 5 minutes, or until golden brown.

cabbage grilled cheese 15 editedAt first, I was a little uncertain about how the Daiya vegan cheese slices would perform.  I really enjoy the taste of the shredded cheese, but it does not melt very well.  But…

cabbage grilled cheese 10 edited…that obviously was not the case here.  The “cheese” melted beautifully (I think placing the lid over the sandwich and cooking it slowing definitely helped) and tasted fantastic!  I am so excited to have found sliced “cheese” that is plant-based!

cabbage grilled cheese 14 editedI served my Sweet and Savory Cabbage and Jam Grilled Cheese with some delicious turnip french fries.  This was seriously the perfect meal.

cabbage grilled cheese 9 editedAnd it is the perfect meal to enjoy outside on a Summer afternoon or evening.  But trust me, this is one sandwich that I will not just be eating during the Summertime.  This is a year-round keeper.

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  • dailycupofkate September 10, 2013, 7:34 am
    Wow this looks amazing! I have never tried vegan cheese--I am a little scared I will be disappointed!
  • Christine @ Gotta Eat Green September 10, 2013, 8:13 am
    Mmmmm I loved grilled cheese! This sandwich looks amazing! I wasn't a big fan of vegan cheese but I am slowly starting to like it!
  • healthnutjulie September 10, 2013, 8:27 am
    I haven't had a grilled cheese in forever! I became lactose intolerant a few months ago so I definitely need to try some vegan cheese. Does it taste the same?
  • blonde hair blue eyed runner September 10, 2013, 8:36 am
    That actually sounds amazing! I've heard a couple of my friends doing this before and they rave about it.
  • The Cookie ChRUNicles September 10, 2013, 9:13 am
    I love sweet and savory. I often use Ezekiel Cinn Raisin bread to sneak the sweet into my savory meals...
  • Lisa September 10, 2013, 9:25 am
    Oh boy, I love that this is a vegan recipe! As obviously I can't eat cheese. This sounds so wonderful. I always loved grilled cheese and jam sandwiches, but haven't had one in probably 12 years! I need to track down some daiya.
  • Becky @ Olives n Wine September 10, 2013, 10:09 am
    Umm... I'm totally drooling. I was going to make a salad for lunch but now I'm thinking grilled cheese is a must!!! :)
  • Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies September 10, 2013, 10:23 am
    You haven't had luck melting the shreds? I used it on a pizza and it melted pretty beautifully. It didnt LOOK melted, but it felt perfect. This sandwich sounds amazing, btw. When I first read the title, I mayyyy have been wishing there would be sauer kraut in it, because I'm a weirdo. This sounds super tasty and I'd probably get fewer looks than if I combined sauer kraut and jam :)
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl September 10, 2013, 10:27 am
      I guess that the shreds somewhat melt for me, but they definitely don't get that melted look that I love, unless I stir the cheese into something. And sauerkraut?? That is an awesome idea!! Let me know if you try it out.
  • running4cupcakes September 10, 2013, 10:26 am
    Ok, so I don't like cabbage, so I probably wouldn't make this. . .but I totally agree with you that sweet and savory is awesome and I love the addition of jam!!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl September 10, 2013, 10:27 am
      Are you sure you don't like cabbage?? Because I used to think that I hated it, but now I LOVE it...especially roasted! ;)
  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes September 10, 2013, 10:37 am
    I could totally live on grilled cheese sandwiches!
  • Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog September 10, 2013, 10:54 am
    Yes to sweet & savory or sweet & salty. Some of favorite flavors. And you definitely can't go wrong with a grilled cheese!
  • Brittany September 10, 2013, 11:24 am
    YUUMMMM!! I need to go find these Daiya slices!!
  • Sarah September 10, 2013, 11:25 am
    what a fun grilled cheese :)
  • Runner Girl Eats September 10, 2013, 11:29 am
    One of my favorite food truck eats ever is made with Brie and berry jam. I'm a huge fan if sweet and savory!
  • Ang @ Nutty for Life September 10, 2013, 11:45 am
    I can dig it! This actually sounds really, really good to me. I've been addicted to cabbage lately and am a huge fan of the sweet + salty.
  • Katherine September 10, 2013, 12:23 pm
    Oh my. The sweet and salty and the savory of this sandwich are crazy! I never think about grilling my sandwiches, but this looks so good! Something about the warmth of it and all the flavors is crazy! Plus, I never can decide if I want something sweet or salty for lunch. I think this is just a complete win.
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl September 10, 2013, 4:22 pm
      I LOVE the sweet/salty and sweet/savory combos!! You seriously cannot go wrong with those.
  • Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl September 10, 2013, 12:23 pm
    Love sweet and savory! This sandwich looks delish. I've actually been wanting to try that same cheese. Glad to hear that it cooks up well.
  • Nicole @ FruitnFitness September 10, 2013, 1:33 pm
    This sounds so interesting! I haven't had a grilled cheese in way too long.
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl September 10, 2013, 4:23 pm
      Well you definitely need to change that. You can't be going too long without a good grilled cheese!
  • Eating 4 Balance September 10, 2013, 1:34 pm
    You took the sweet savory to a whole new level! :D The addition of coconut oil and onion must add some really unique flavors.
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl September 10, 2013, 4:23 pm
      I ALWAYS use coconut oil when making grilled cheese. It makes for the most perfectly crispy bread ever.
  • jessiebearwhat September 10, 2013, 2:03 pm
    Oh man, I like the interesting combo of sweet and savory!
  • makingthymeforhealth September 10, 2013, 2:16 pm
    Okay, yes. I definitely thought this sounded weird but it looks really yummy!
  • Alexis September 10, 2013, 2:45 pm
    I'm so digging the sweet and savory combo! I totally forgot about the roasted cabbage...totally trying that :)
  • Alysia L. (@Slim_Sanity) September 10, 2013, 4:06 pm
    Ooooh now you have me thinking a grilled cheese will sound good with my soup tonight! Looks so good!
  • Oh My Veggies (@ohmyveggies) September 10, 2013, 7:22 pm
    I agree with you about sweet and savory. Best combo ever! And somehow it's even better in sandwich form.
  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe September 14, 2013, 10:36 am
    You don't have to twist my arm to get me to eat (and enjoy) a grilled cheese sandwich, and this sweet/salty combo has me salivating! I've often wondered about vegan cheese - I might have to try it!
  • Lisa C. September 20, 2013, 11:02 am
    Where did you buy the Daiya slices? I can't find them around here!

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