Pimento Granny Smith Grilled Cheese Recipe

This grilled cheese recipe, is a twist on the classic and just might be the BEST grilled cheese sandwich ever.

Perky Pimento Granny Smith Grilled Cheese Recipe

Mind you, that’s only my opinion, but do tend to be right every now and again. *wink*

Did you know April was National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month? Obviously, we Americans love our comfort food.

It’s hard to resist a really good grilled cheese recipe. Probably because it reminds us of childhood, offers the comfort of a warm blanket, and makes the world seem honest and pure… if only for a moment.

Pimento Granny Smith Grilled Cheese Recipe

This grilled cheese recipe starts out with the classic white bread and American cheese combo. Then I added fresh, zesty, homemade pimento cheese and a thin slice of perky Granny Smith Apple. Mmmmm.

As the buttered bread is grilling, the pimento cheese melts, releasing it’s flavors, and the apple slice warms and softens. This creates three layers of creamy, tangy, gooey goodness between perfectly toasted slices of bread.

Granny Smith Grilled Cheese Recipe

I used Udi’s Gluten Free Bread and Horizon Organic American Cheese Slices for this sandwich in honor of this month’s Grilled Cheese Recipe Challenge.

Grilled Cheese Recipe


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Pimento Granny Smith Grilled Cheese Recipe

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time:10 minutes

Cook Time:10 minutes

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Pimento Granny Smith Grilled Cheese


  • 8 slices sandwich bread
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • 1/2 cup pimento cheese
  • 1 large granny smith apple


  1. Heat a large skillet (or panini press) to medium heat. Butter the bread slices and flip over. Lay a slice of cheese on four pieces of bread.
  2. Then slice 4 thin apple rounds, close to the core. Lay them on top of the cheese slices. Spread 2 tablespoons of pimento cheese on top of the apple and top with the remaining slices of bread, butter-side-up.
  3. Grill the sandwiches 3-5 minutes per side, or 3-5 minutes total in a panini press.
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33 comments on “Pimento Granny Smith Grilled Cheese Recipe

  1. GoMoviesposted January 16, 2018 at 11:39 pm Reply

    This does look like a wonderful combination!

  2. Aimee Rheaposted January 31, 2016 at 2:58 pm Reply

    Delicious! One of those quick meals you can throw together after a grocery shop, since everyone’s hungry by the time you get home from the store LOL. Was very satisfying!

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  4. Amarie at The CottonwoodJournals.composted April 19, 2013 at 3:15 pm Reply

    This grilled cheese looks so delicious. Have you entered it in the Grilled Cheese Academy’s recipe showdown? If not, you should! Here’s the website: http://grilledcheeseacademy.com

  5. Doodlerposted May 7, 2012 at 11:33 am Reply

    This is so coincidental – I was just thinking of pimento cheese! Never thought of combining it it’s apple. What a great idea.

  6. Amyposted April 26, 2012 at 7:19 am Reply

    This does look like a wonderful combination. We really like pimento cheese around here but I just don’t make it often enough. BUT that needs to change soon before April ends! ; )

  7. Russell at Chasing Deliciousposted April 24, 2012 at 9:28 am Reply

    I must admit I’m afraid of combining apple and cheese… but these little grilled cheeses look awesome. And since you’re calling them the best, then I guess I have no choice but to try ’em!

  8. sweetsugarbelleposted April 23, 2012 at 5:07 pm Reply

    Oh WOW, Sommer, these look amazing…love the apple and cheese combo!

  9. NanaScrivposted April 23, 2012 at 10:45 am Reply

    This is one super-magnificent sandwich. I’m going to love eating this and serving it to others. Thanks Spicy Perspective.

  10. kale @ tastes good to me!posted April 22, 2012 at 9:25 pm Reply

    I just had a grilled cheese this afternoon! You’re right, it is like a warm blanket. :)

  11. Katieposted April 22, 2012 at 12:55 am Reply

    I’ve heard or pimiento cheese…. Sounds delicious (as do the sandwiches) I get whole pimientos and use them lots – stuffed with goat cheese is good :-))

  12. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted April 21, 2012 at 4:09 pm Reply

    I’m dying to try your grilled cheese, it does look fantastic! Thanks for the link love too!

  13. Fresh and Foodieposted April 21, 2012 at 7:38 am Reply

    What a great idea! I’ve put granny smith apples on sandwiches before, but I love the idea of adding pimento cheese and grilling it. Excellent.

  14. Lizposted April 20, 2012 at 7:01 pm Reply

    Oh, I love grilled cheese sandwiches…and your twists on this classic sound DELISH! Have a wonderful weekend, Sommer~

  15. Barbara | Creative Culinaryposted April 20, 2012 at 7:50 pm Reply

    I have been working overtime to participate in this event; what a hard job huh? I did a grilled cheese with apple too and it has become my favorite of all time, well, for right now.

    So…late and hungry I now know what to eat…all thanks to you. :)

  16. Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookiesposted April 20, 2012 at 6:50 pm Reply

    This sounds really unusual with the apple slice. I’ll have to give it a try!!

  17. Julia {The Roasted Root}posted April 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm Reply

    I haven’t had a grilled cheese in about a million years and an appley grilled cheese just sounds over the top awesome! Looks like I need to slice up some apple and grill up some cheese!

  18. Choc Chip Uruposted April 20, 2012 at 3:26 pm Reply

    What an awesome combo 0- I a in lovbe with melted cheese everywhere :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  19. BusyWorkingMamaposted April 20, 2012 at 1:52 pm Reply

    All right, this is a grilled cheese sandwich that even I would eat! Yum!!

  20. Paula- bell'alimentoposted April 20, 2012 at 1:21 pm Reply

    I am a sucker for homemade pimento cheese. Lurve.

  21. shelly (cookies and cups)posted April 20, 2012 at 12:58 pm Reply

    There is something about grilled cheese sandwiches that I can’t so no to. Love the fun spin on this one!

  22. Heather (Heather's Dish)posted April 20, 2012 at 12:30 pm Reply

    i’m dying over here…this sounds amazing!

  23. [email protected]posted April 20, 2012 at 11:24 am Reply

    Gorgeous and yummy! I have not yet tried making apple a part of my sandwich and wondered how it would taste like. It is hard to resist. This is a great recipe to try. =)

  24. Jen @ Juanita's Cocinaposted April 20, 2012 at 10:01 am Reply

    I am so jealous of your kitchen right now. Seriously.

  25. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted April 20, 2012 at 8:33 am Reply

    I used to make a very similar grilled cheese recipe as a kid. Used to do it open face though… but I love this version!

  26. Marlyposted April 20, 2012 at 7:30 am Reply

    Apples on a sandwich? What a great idea! I feel a vegan version of this one coming on!

  27. Kristi Rimkusposted April 20, 2012 at 7:24 am Reply

    Fantastic idea to add a slice of apple – apple and cheese are such a classic combination. This could be the best cheese sandwich ever!

  28. bake your dayposted April 20, 2012 at 7:17 am Reply

    Homemade pimento cheese sounds so perfect. This is a perfect twist on a classic, Sommer!

  29. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted April 20, 2012 at 7:09 am Reply

    Yum! I love grilled cheese and with apple is perfect! I love the idea of it! It’s breakfast time and I’m thinking I want a grilled cheese sandwich. Wish I had some pimento cheese!! I’m bookmarking this recipe!!

  30. Angieposted April 20, 2012 at 7:05 am Reply

    Looks amazing Sommer! Can’t wait to try the recipe

  31. Mariaposted April 20, 2012 at 6:52 am Reply

    Love the apple on there! Very nice!

  32. Jo-Lynne {Musings of a Housewife}posted April 20, 2012 at 6:35 am Reply

    That looks delicious and I just love your photography. I could sit and peruse your blog all day.

  33. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted April 20, 2012 at 6:19 am Reply

    Oh neat! This sounds so yummy!!