CARAMELIZED ONION WITH GRUYERE AND SAUERKRAUT ON DARK RYE

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Once you try this gourmet sandwich, you will wonder why you didn’t make yourself two! If you don’t like sauerkraut, this is the sandwich that will change your mind. (True story for Carolyn!) This recipe makes for a quick lunch or light supper if you prepare the onions and sauce in advance.

Make this sandwich for someone and tell them not to ask any questions. Just take a bite…. Waaaahaaaa! They will be utterly captivated. (If we sound crazy, it’s because this sandwich makes us crazy). We love it. We promise, it will rock your world.

Makes 4

3 Tbsp (45 mL) unsalted butter

2 cups (500 mL) yellow onion, cut into slices 1⁄2 inch (1 cm) thick

Pinch of salt

1/3 cup (75 mL) mayonnaise

1 Tbsp (15 mL) ketchup

1 Tbsp (15 mL) relish

Pinch of salt and pepper

8 slices of dark rye bread

4 large slices of Gruyère cheese (approximately 31⁄2 oz/100 g)

1 cup (250 mL) prepared sauerkraut

Heat a large skillet on low heat and melt the butter. Stir in the onion and salt and cover. Cook for approximately 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the lid and continue to cook and stir occasionally for another 20 minutes or until the onions are soft, translucent and caramelized. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

Mix the mayonnaise, ketchup and relish in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

Toast 2 pieces of bread and spread a tablespoon of sauce on each piece. Place 1 slice of cheese on 1 slice of the toasted bread, along with a scoop of sauerkraut and caramelized onions. Top with the remaining piece of toasted bread. Cut in half and serve immediately. Repeat with remaining ingredients to make another sandwich.

Let us know what you think!

vær så god (bon appetit)!

patricia and carolyn

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