If you follow me on Instagram, you might know we like to frequent O’Dells Brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado. Not only do they have delicious beer, but they carry fun, fresh and local sodas, they also have a huge patio that is family friendly, and have one of Fort Collins’ fabulous food trucks serving great food daily. Plus, I happen to love their name! We recently spent a saturday afternoon there, and tried the Goodness food truck for some delicious sandwiches and freshly fried funnel cake. It was a perfect day- and I HAD to recreate my sandwich when I got home. My twist on their grown up grilled cheese- this onion apple brie and jam grilled cheese sandwich– is one of my favorite recipes to date.
Their sandwich was amazing, and paired perfectly with O’Dells brews. But if you’re not near Fort Collins, you can easily make this tasty treat at home anytime.
You might not think of adding jam with onions, and brie with apples- but trust me, you won’t regret it. The sandwich is buttery, creamy, salty, and slightly sweet. Using a tart green apple helps balance out all the flavor, and a raspberry jam makes the whole thing come together perfectly balancing the saltiness with a hint of sweet fruit.
If you see the Goodness truck in Fort Collins- you have to stop! Their sandwiches and hand cut chips are worth hunting down (my husband is a devoted lover of their Hogfather sandwich, and my kids love the funnel cakes- everything is fresh and delicious! ) and try with some local Colorado beers.
Even if you don’t drink, the O’Dells patio is a great, laid back place to hang out in summer in Northern Colorado. They usually have at least a few flavors of Rocky Mountain Soda Company sodas on hand, as well as chips and salsa, jerky, and even dog treats! They have bands on Saturday afternoons, too. And it isn’t out of place to see little kids and even babies- they have a few lawn games set up to keep everyone happy while touring Fort Collins’ numerous microbreweries.
In these photos, I didn’t slice the apples super thin. It actually works best with apples sliced in a mandoline- so the sandwich stays flat- but in a pinch, you can just toss apple wedges in. It was a little trickier to hold together, but every bit as tasty!
- 1/2 apple, sliced thin
- 4 1 ounce long slices of brie
- 2 tbsp raspberry jam
- 1 onion, halved and cut into half moon shapes
- 2 tbsp butter
- 4 slices of bread, Udi's gluten free pictured here
- In a large, heavy pan, melt butter.
- Add onion slivers to pan and cook on medium until brown and soft, about 15 minutes, stirring often to prevent burning.
- When onion is caramelized, spread jam on bread.
- Layer apples, two slices of brie, and onions on the sandwich.
- Grill in the pan you cooked onions in, flipping after four minutes per side.
- When brie is completely melted, serve and enjoy!
If you’re looking for a great, laid back Colorado brewery- head to O’Dells and grab some tasting flights. I’m a big fan of the pilot flights, which change frequently and are always delicious. If you’re not in Fort Collins, and making this sandwich at home, try it with an IPA, a Pale Ale, a Bitter, or a farmhouse ale. You really can’t go wrong with apples, brie, onions and beer!