Apple Butter, Turkey, and Cheddar Grilled Cheese

Have you ever Wikipediaed “American Food?”

Apple Butter, Turkey and Cheddar Grilled Cheese.

No? You aren’t gripped by irrepressible urges to know which edibles Wikipedia considers to be the national grub? Folks, you are in for the all-American scoop, apple pie a la mode style..

{By the way, if you know the proper spelling for “Wikipediaed,” do tell. Urban Dictionary delivered conflicting reports.}

First of all, my subconscious has not been giving American food the respect it deserves. Wikipedia whispered “shame on you” while instantly redirecting my ignorant search for “American Food” to “Cuisine of the United States.”

Not only does Wikipedia consider American food to be worthy of the title “cuisine,” it has volumes to say on the subject. The article traces American food through history, profiles regional specialties, and outlines the significant influences of our immigrant backgrounds, be they Polish or Polynesian. To be honest with you, I’d expected to be taken to a page with a picture of a hot dog and a Hostess cupcake. For as much as I love food, I haven’t been giving the USA enough credit for good eats.

Though American food may not be viewed as the fanciest, the spiciest, or even the most original, we are the nation of pumpkin pie, of deep-dish pizza, of National Grilled Cheese Month. Any nation that dedicates an entire month to grilled cheese is a nation where I can graze with gusto.

Yes friends, April is National Grilled Cheese Month. While I consider grilled cheese a VIP—it’s always invited to the menu—what’s not to celebrate about hot, gooey cheese oozing betwixt two buttery bread slices? Let’s party with one of my all-time favorite sandwiches: Apple Butter, Turkey, and Cheddar Grilled Cheese.


We spread sweet apple butter on two bread slices, then sprinkle with savory sage. Trust me, we want this killer flavor-combo hitting us on all sides.


Next, we fill our apple-buttered bread with thinly sliced apples, fresh-from-the-deli turkey, and oodles of sharp cheddar.


Hit that baby on a Panini press (or stove top) until the cheese is melty and marvelous, then say hello. Apple Butter, Turkey, and Cheddar Grilled Cheese: hot, ready, and in our face in 6 minutes or less.


Our Apple Butter, Turkey, and Cheddar Grilled Cheese is so much more than just a sandwich. The sweet apple butter, earthy sage, and tart apple slices jive with our turkey to create a totally new sammie experience that will make you want to hug a loaf of bread, thank the dairy gods, and party under an apple tree. “Official” grilled cheese month may end April 30th, but don’t let the calendar fool you. Apple Butter, Turkey, and Cheddar Grilled Cheese deserves lovin’ any day of the year!

Apple Butter, Turkey, and Cheddar Grilled Cheese

Sweet apple butter, savory sage, tart apple slices, and gooey cheddar cheese combine to create one killer grilled cheese sandwich.


  • 2 slices whole wheat bread
  • 2 tablespoons apple butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry rubbed sage
  • 1/2 firm, tart apple, thinly sliced (I like Fuji or Granny Smith)
  • 3 ounces deli turkey meat
  • 1-2 slices cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter, plus additional for grilling sandwich


  1. Preheat skillet or Panini press to medium heat.
  2. Spread 1 side of the bread slices with 1 tablespoon apple butter each. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage over each slice. Layer apple slices on one slice, then top with turkey, then cheddar. Lay remaining bread slice on top, apple butter side down.
  3. Butter the outsides of the sandwich, then grill on stovetop (cooking each side for 2-4 minutes until the bread is toasty and golden) or place in Panini press, using additional butter or cooking spray as needed to prevent sticking. Slice and enjoy warm.

32 Responses to “Apple Butter, Turkey, and Cheddar Grilled Cheese”

  1. steph@stephsbitebybite — April 25, 2013 @ 9:59 am (#)

    I’m all about apples with grilled cheese but I have never thought to do apple butter! That’s such a great idea! MUST TRY

    • Erin — April 25th, 2013 @ 1:07 pm

      The apple butter is totally the “secret sauce” on this guy. There’s something about it with the turkey and cheese that has me addicted. I hope you like it too!

  2. Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies — April 25, 2013 @ 11:15 am (#)

    Oh man, applebutter on a grilled cheese? My kind of sandwich! And I totally agree– grilled cheese is the kind of sandwich to be celebrated all year round :)

    • Erin — April 25th, 2013 @ 1:05 pm

      I don’t know what possessed me to try apple butter on this, but I’ve been HOOKED every sense. And yes–viva grilled cheese!

  3. laurasmess — April 25, 2013 @ 6:05 pm (#)

    Another delicious combination Erin!! I’ve never tried apple butter… do you make your own? I love the idea of combining sweet apple with turkey, cheese and a touch of fragrant thyme. Sounds so perfect for a quick weeknight supper in front of the television. And yay for grilled cheese month… I might try and start it up in Australia too (haha – wish me luck!). Yum!!

    • Erin — April 26th, 2013 @ 8:27 am

      You know Laura, I THINK about making apple butter every fall…then somehow end up with apple pie instead, lol. It’s available in every grocery store here, but if you can’t find it down under, you can definitely make your own. I think it even works in the crockpot! And YES for bringing grilled cheese month to Australia. The country will thank you :)

  4. Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — April 25, 2013 @ 9:33 pm (#)

    What a crazy combination! I love it! Im all about these fun grilled cheese! And I loove apple butter!

    • Erin — April 26th, 2013 @ 8:25 am

      You think it’s crazy…till you taste it :) If you love apple butter, then this sandwich was made for you Alaina!

  5. rebacox — April 26, 2013 @ 10:11 am (#)

    I have heard its pretty easy to make your own apple butter. Have you ever tried?

    • Erin — April 26th, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

      Hi Reba,
      Although I buy a mass amount of apples every fall, they always seem to end up in my desserts ;-) I have heard that it’s pretty simple though and have seen quite a few crockpot recipes. Maybe this will be the year!

  6. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — April 26, 2013 @ 12:07 pm (#)

    Apples with sharp cheddar is only my most favorist thing in the whole wide world! And then the combination of turkey with the crispy bread, I have reached grilled cheese nirvana.

    • Erin — April 26th, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

      Glad this sammie offers some of your favorite flavors! Apples + cheddar. Sounds like an odd couple, but SO GOOD.

  7. Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — April 26, 2013 @ 4:19 pm (#)

    Apple + turkey + cheddar = true love. Beyond awesome recipe, Erin!

    • Erin — April 27th, 2013 @ 11:04 am

      Thanks Georgia!! And true love lasts a lifetime ;-)

  8. cookingwithcurls — April 26, 2013 @ 9:31 pm (#)

    We have a restaurant here in town with a similar version of this sandwich. I thought it sounded strange the first time I tried it, but now I make it at home all the time:) Awesome flavor combination!

    • Erin — April 27th, 2013 @ 11:04 am

      Thanks Lisa! I’m a sucker for sweet+savory. And anything oozing with cheddar cannot be bad :) PS. I want to eat at that restaurant!

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  10. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — May 3, 2013 @ 3:15 pm (#)

    Now THAT’S my kind of sandwich! Oh yum!

    • Erin Clarke — May 3rd, 2013 @ 11:14 pm

      Thanks so much Dorothy! Here’s hoping grilled cheese month lives on all year!

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  15. Elizabeth Devaney — December 29, 2013 @ 6:07 pm (#)

    just made these sammies! soooo good! the sage was the perfect spice to round out all the flavors. James was super impressed.

    • Erin Clarke — December 30th, 2013 @ 5:37 pm

      Yay!!! I’m so happy you both enjoyed them. This are one of our favorite recipes too. Thanks for taking time to share your review! Makes my day :-)

  16. Barb — January 9, 2014 @ 6:57 pm (#)

    This was/is amazing! This will be my family’s go to sandwich from this day on……y u m m y!

    • Erin Clarke — January 9th, 2014 @ 7:06 pm

      Hooray Barb!!! So happy you all enjoyed it! Thanks for letting me know and have a great night :-)

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